Find Your Place in a Rapidly Changing Profession

Our curriculum combines theory and practice, emphasizing experiential learning, promoting creative thinking, and incorporating global learning experiences.
And thanks to our faculty experts, our students have access to real-world knowledge in-person, online, or a hybrid of both.

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Eric Rothenburger talking to group

Sverdrup West Wing Remodeling

Eric Rothenburger talking to group

The west wing of Sverdrup will be rebuilt as a state-of-the-art media production and communication education facility, providing our students the most up-to-date and unique technology in the entire region.

Learn more about the Sverdrup renovations including plans, progress updates, room relocations, and more.


Sverdrup Renovation Updates

Julie Smith
Drew Jordan and his New York Times Visual Investigations team
Andy Compton
2010 Alumna Leah Latham with Chancellor Beth Stroble and Alumni Association Board President Alex McCuien
Jennings Animation
Student Interns
Experiential Learning

Practical Application, Skill Development

Our school prepares you to excel as a skilled professional, ready to work in dynamic communications industries. Our faculty brings a global approach and practical expertise that offer opportunities for real world, creative experiences in class.

Sverdrup facilities

The Leif J. Sverdrup Complex

Sverdrup facilities

The School of Communications provides students with professional-grade equipment and facilities across the full range of media, including sound stage, TV studio, post-production, animation, and game design labs, audio studios and recording facilities, photography studios and labs, student media lab, up-to-date classrooms, meeting rooms, video conferencing, public spaces and more.


An Alternative Cinematic Experience


Premiering in 1979, our Film Series is a nationally known and recognized year-round exhibition program that features national tours of international cinema. All film series events are free to students. In addition to films, the event hosts renowned artists for thought-provoking conversations on issues portrayed in their films.

The Webster Film Series hosts nearly 100 diverse film screenings with more than 20 visiting speakers and performers, several filmmaking workshops, special series with outside sponsors, and more than 6,800 viewers. After screenings, filmmakers and faculty are frequently available for question and answer sessions, and present master classes to explore technical or unique aspects of filmmaking.

Our Mission

Webster University’s School of Communications is an educational organization of student-centered faculty and staff, preparing undergraduate and graduate students for achievement in the ever-changing global communication fields.

We do this by providing theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship and professional development opportunities.

Our Vision

As the faculty, staff, and administration of the School of Communications, we will:

  • Gain recognition for our unique programs and for setting the standard in quality communications education.
  • Be committed to global education and to producing global citizens.
  • Build on our strengths in integration of theory and practice and create an innovative, entrepreneurial environment to help students succeed.
  • Equip students with a valuable education grounded in a traditional liberal arts foundation that will respond to the current and future needs in this rapidly changing communications fields.

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22nd in the Midwest

Webster University continues to be highly ranked on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges report, now listed as 22nd in Midwest Regional Universities. Webster was also recognized as a “Best Value” school and “Top Performer” for social mobility.

Badge from U.S. News & World Report reading Best Colleges Regional Universities Midwest 2022-2023
Communications Dean Eric Rothenbuhler
The Webster Difference

“Our students work on multidisciplinary teams to develop their own specializations while working with students specializing in other media and modes of communication.”

Communications Dean Eric Rothenbuhler
Eric Rothenbuhler

Dean of the School of Communications

The Webster University School of Communications is home to a number of clubs, activities and extracurricular opportunities to make and consume media, including:

School of Communications Media and Activities
Debate club table at involvement fair

Ampersand (magazine)
Audio Engineering Society (events and concerts)
Film Series (film)
Kooyumjian Gallery (formerly the May Gallery) (photography gallery)
Siggraph (digital arts)
Speech and Debate Club (public speaking)
Webster Journal (news)

Webster Insider

Journalism students write and produce Webster Insider, a show focused on news and events around campus and the St. Louis area. Students in the Film, Television and Video Production program also work behind the scenes.

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Founded in 1915, Webster University is committed to ensuring high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. Prepare for your next step and explore our community resources.

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