Overview of Communication and New Media Studies Program

Communication and New Media majors become effective, confident and ethical communicators, honing critical and creative thinking skills.

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Students majoring in Communication and New Media Studies are people persons. They develop as effective, confident and ethical communicators, honing their capacity for critical and creative thinking as well as their understanding of diverse perspectives. The experience they gain in speaking, writing, collaborating and creating visual messages prepares them for success in their careers, communities and personal lives.

Communication Studies is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts program designed to help students develop fundamental communication skills including:

  •  Information gathering and processing
  • Problem solving
  • Audience analysis
  • Written, oral and visual mastery

In this major, you'll learn to persuade, influence, negotiate, generate and adapt ideas. Through project work, you'll plan, organize, evaluate and solve problems. There is ample opportunity for practical experience in a variety of communication fields, including journalism, advertising and public relations. The program also offers several course sequences to complement work done in other liberal arts and professional majors.

  Potential Careers

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employer's Job Outlook Survey, employers list verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills as the most important skills they look for in potential employees. Graduates in  Communication and New Media Studies are prepared for graduate school or can become a/an:

 

  • Broadcast Journalist
  • College recruiter/admissions counselor
  • Corporate or hospital event planner
  • Health communications director
  • Multimedia marketing
  • Human resources management
  • Public relations practitioner
  • Marketing or advertising specialist
  • Social media specialist.
  Featured Courses

The program consists of 45-47 credit hours in courses such as:

  •  Co-Op Experience
  • Digital Video Production
  • Gender and Communication
  • New Media Law and Ethics
  • New Media Campaign and Blogfolio Design
  • New Media, Culture, and Society
  • Public Engagement in the Digital AgeWriting for New Media.
  Real-World Experience
Co-op and service learning immerse Communication and New Media Studies students in the real world and provide rich opportunities for experiential learning and the application of skills and knowledge learned in the classroom. Students work under the supervision of a faculty member and an agency professional in a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations and community partners.
  The New Media Lab
The Communication and New Media Studies Department's New Media Lab, housed in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building, offers cutting-edge equipment for video and audio production, editing and visual communication. The lab includes a green screen, studio space for three-camera production, a MAC editing suite, state-of-the-art editing and motion graphics software, and HD video cameras, as well as lighting, audio, and mobile production equipment. Students will gain expertise in the production of visual imagery as well as an understanding of ethical communication.
  Faculty and Staff

Lisa Wagner Crews
Assistant Professor and Department Chair

Linda Wheeler
Associate Professor

Rev. John Amankwah
Associate Professor

Robert Bodle
Associate Professor

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