Head of Department:
Dr Margaret Ivy Amoakohene
BA, Grad. Dip., MPhil (Ghana); PhD. (Leicester)
Now restructured as the Department of Communication Studies, it was originally established in 1972 as the Institute of Journalism and Mass Communications with the objectives of improving the practice and understanding of journalism and mass communication; adding to knowledge through research; and to serve both practitioners in mass communication and the public who rely on the media. It offered programmes leading to the award of Graduate Diplomas.
In 1974 its name was changed to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Then in 1985, it became known as the School of Communication Studies to reflect a wide variety of media-related courses that had been introduced into its curriculum.
In 1998, the then School of Communication Studies converted its Graduate Diploma programme to a direct Master’s programme and currently offers three programmes in Communication Studies, namely, Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
The Department has to date graduated over a thousand (1,000) students with Graduate Diplomas, M.A. and M.Phil degrees in Communication Studies. These graduates have made important contributions to development at national and international levels through their professional expertise as Journalists, Public Relations Specialists, Media Managers, Advertising practitioners, Researchers, Development Communication Planners and Specialists, Academics and Practitioners in various other media and communication endeavours.
SCS alumni are found in most important areas of national life: government, public, military, para-military, policy and other state institutions; private and non-governmental organizations. Some have also made their mark in UN agencies and programmes, other reputable international organizations and in academia.
As the premier institution offering graduate programmes in communication studies in Ghana, the Department has oversight responsibility over such institutions as the African University College of Communications (AUCC), Christian Service University College (CSUC), Central University College (CUC) and Islamic University College, Ghana (IUCG), all of which offer communication studies at the first degree levels and are affiliated to the University of Ghana.