A major in communication with a liberal arts base is the perfect choice for students interested in corporate communication, advertising, public relations, management, event planning, sales, marketing, broadcasting, and a full range of digital media professions.
The department offers major concentrations in Corporate Communication and Film and Video Arts and minor concentrations in Film Studies and Media Writing. Students balance theory and practice as they study the way media interacts with society and are introduced to a variety of media in their courses, extracurricular activities, independent projects, and internships.
The Corporate Communication major prepares students to think analytically and creatively about communication in various types of organizations and institutions. Particular emphasis is focused on writing, speaking, marketing, interpersonal, and the leadership skills that are necessary for careers in various communication fields in corporate settings such as public relations, integrated marketing communication, human resources, and advertising.
The Film and Video Arts major prepares students to create content, produce, direct, and edit film and videos. The program is designed to provide students with a full range of technical and practical skills, to teach them to think critically about the moving image, and to guide their artistic voice as they experiment with different forms of cinematic expression that range from traditional forms of filmmaking to experimental film and video art and installation.
In addition to the two Communication majors, the department offers students the opportunity to minor in two unique areas:
- Film Studies - Develops skills in media writing and critical analysis of film, television, and video as an art form.
- Media Writing - Teaches students how to connect messages with audiences’ needs, values, and interests, and how to make choices among the possible ways of conveying information in a mediated world.