Reese Phifer

We Are C&IS

Our students, faculty, staff and alumni are leaders, advocates, innovators and listeners. 

Whether it is doggedly pursing an investigative story, creating unique experiences through film or live production, leading corporations or agencies, or growing the libraries and public institutions that make our communities strong, members of our college have the vision, expertise and knowledge needed to change the world.  

That’s what makes us one of the most comprehensive programs in the U.S. and one of the top communication schools in the world. That’s what makes us – us. 


Dean Brian Butler

From the Dean

As times, techniques and technology change, how we tell stories also changes. Whether it is covering breaking news stories; promoting global products and brands; or recording unique, personal oral histories, communication and information professionals are at the center of who we are and how we learn to live together.    

Together we realize the power to make our world healthier, more prosperous, more honest and a bit more fun.   

Our Home

Reese Phifer

Reese Phifer Hall

Reese Phifer is home to four of our five departments: Advertising & Public Relations, Communication Studies, Journalism and Creative Media and the doctoral program.

Amelia Gale Gorgas Library

Gorgas Library

The School of Library and Information Studies is currently housed on the seventh floor Gorgas Library but is moving to McLure in 2025.

Bryant Denny Stadium, where the Digital Media Center is located

Bryant Denny Stadium

The Digital Media Center, C&IS’s state-of-the-art teaching lab and production house, occupies four floors of Bryant Denny Stadium.

Capital Hall

Capital Hall

Capital Hall houses the Plank Center for Leadership and Public Relations, a national leader in diversity, mentorship and communication.

A JCM student posing with his gear


Practice skills through offices and programs like The Speaking Studio, the Media Writing Center and the Office of Student Media. 

A Place for Everyone

We celebrate, appreciate and embrace all stories. C&IS’s work in equity, inclusion and belonging has been nationally recognized and used as a model of the International Mass Communication Training and Research Center. Each year, the College’s  Discerning Diverse Voices Symposium attracts community members and scholars who share their research and lead conversations about diversity. 

Holle Center for Communication Arts

The Holle Center for Communication Arts was established in 2019 to promote scholarly activities in the communication arts and is possible through the estate of Brigadier General Everett Holle. Notably, the Holle Center sponsors the Holle Awards and the Alabama Communication Hall of Fame.

Learn more about how the Holle Center is impacting the field.


C&IS’s degree programs are accredited by the following nationally recognized accrediting agencies: ACEJMC, NASAD and ALA/ALSDE.