Communication, Media, and Culture Program
Media have reached just about every aspect of our social life, from the news we watch, the stories we read, the ads we encounter, the social media we use, and the entertainment media we enjoy. The program teaches students not only how to make sense of the mediated world, but also to “read” media critically through a firm grounding in the history and theory of communication, and to produce media content creatively and responsibly. The curriculum turns students into skilled scholars, analysts, and leaders in their careers and personal associations. Students develop intercultural competence and prudence for the workplace. The program also explores the understanding of organizational politics and the practice and applied communication skills in intercultural settings. Students are prepared to enter graduate school or the contemporary workplace with interactive precision in various settings.
Media of communication play a crucial role in shaping the world we live in: from the press, to social media, to film and to other entertainment media. The communication studies curriculum teaches students the foundation of ethical and effective communication. The curriculum includes a wide range of topics, addressing important issues such as media criticism, message design, media processes and effects. Students are expected to develop analytical, leadership, teamwork skills, and the ability to articulate, in verbal and written forms, ideas in the contemporary media landscape.
A major in Communication, Media and Culture provides a rigorous degree that prepares students for graduate professional programs in business and public administration, public relations, journalism, as well as for academic graduate programs in fields such as communication studies, media studies, American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs.
As a terminal degree, the major prepares highly desirable and competent professional consultants, business and government communications specialists, freelance or writers for journals, magazines, or other media outlets.
Upon completing a major in Communication, Media & Culture, students will:
- Know the field and apply the theories of communication, media, and culture.
- Communicate effectively through various media formats.
- Conduct responsible research by critically evaluating information and analyzing cultural texts.
- Apply communication concepts to recognize various perspectives and appreciate differences.