Participation in the public sphere requires critical engagement across a range of media, platforms, and cultural contexts. Media and Communication Studies offers an innovative and interdisciplinary response to an increasingly digital, interactive, and global communication landscape.
The MCS curriculum encourages students to critically refine their media literacy through the study of communication technology, globalization, research methods, media production, and media history and theory. Further studies are offered in digital culture (including courses in web design, making visual culture), media production (television production, video ethnography, podcasting, sports broadcasting), professional content creation (political writing, modern public relations, social media networking, professional communication) and contemporary cultures (media and globalization, media and politics). MCS equips students with the capacity to navigate dynamic media environments and reshape them through critical thinking and multimedia communication.
The combination of theory and production courses, applied learning and internship experiences, and a capstone research project prepares students for a range of academic and career paths after graduation. MCS graduates regularly go on to jobs in advertising, broadcasting, museums and cultural institutions, communications, gaming, public service, education, journalism, marketing, public relations, social media, and web development. The degree also prepares students for advanced study in fields like media and communication, cultural studies, law, filmmaking, and user experience design.
The Department of Media and Communication Studies offers a major and an undergraduate certificate.
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