Faculty of Communication Sciences at a glance

Communication today is widely recognised as a strategic sector of activity for development not only in economic terms, but also in social and cultural domains. Digital technologies and global communication networks broaden the opportunities for relationships, collaborations, democratic participation and value creation, while global networking and individual mobility enable the daily concurrence of different cultures, languages and religions.

The way culture is conceived and communicated is affected by these changes, which represent important challenges for the economy, politics and society. The Faculty of Communication Sciences of USI Università della Svizzera italiana addresses these complex challenges with an interdisciplinary approach based on the integration of humanities and technology, economics and social sciences, and offering solid higher education programs both foundational and aimed towards professional practice.


«In the 4th century B.C., with his Rhetoric, Aristotle construed a general theory of the persuasion, applying his doctrine to key contexts of the Greek polis: justice, politics, the shaping of consent and of a common identity. Today communication is more crucial than ever and at our Faculty, we investigate it from different perspectives: in its cognitive and linguistic foundations, in its organisational and cultural developments, in its technological mediations. I hope that our students, teachers and researchers will tastefully immerse themselves in our interdisciplinary and multilingual laboratory, drawing on its humanistic spirit and its entrepreneurial concreteness».

Andrea Rocci, Dean of the Faculty of Communication Sciences


Faculy of Communication Sciences in brief  
Students 763
Graduates 3147
Academic staff 223
   of which, professors and lecturers 128
Countries represented 51
Bachelor 2
Master 11
Executive programmes 4
PhD programmes 2
Active research projects 23
Doctoral students 59
Institutes supported   7
Institute of Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics (IALS)  
Institute of Communication and Health (ICH)  
Institute of Digital Technologies for Communication (ITDxC)  
Institute of Marketing and Communication Management (IMCA)  
Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG)  
Institute of Italian Studies (ISI)  
Institute of Public Communication (ICP)   
Study and research areas     
Corporate and Institutional Communication  
Digital Technologies for Communication  
Health Communication  
Intercultural Communication  
Italian Language, Literature and Culture  
Linguistics and Rhetoric  
Media and Journalism