B.A., Oberlin College, 2001; M.A., Ohio State University, 2005; Ph.D., 2009
B.A., Wesleyan University, 1987; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1999
B.A., Fudan University (China), 2000; M.A., Ohio State University, 2003; Ph.D., George Mason University, 2011
B.A., New York University, 1998; Ph.D., 2013; M.A., Drexel University, 2005
B.A., Africa Nazarene University (Kenya), 2009; M.A., Ohio University, 2014; Ph.D., Temple University, 2019
Professor of the Practice
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1980; M.S., Towson University, 1985; D.C.D., University of Baltimore, 2002
B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1995; Ph.D., 2008
B.S., James Madison University, 1996; B.A. University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2002; M.F.A., 2013
Program Management Specialist
B.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2010; M.A., 2014
Courses in this program are listed under MCS.
Communication technologies are increasingly digital, interactive, and global, which means that participation in the public sphere requires critical engagement across a range of media, platforms, and cultural contexts. Media & Communication Studies offers an innovative and interdisciplinary response to this need. Integrating theory and practice, MCS courses guide students to refine their communication skills and deepen their understanding of complex trends in technology and culture. MCS students learn about media literacy, the history and theory of communication technologies, media and globalization, and research methods. Emphasizing critical thinking, reading, multi-media composition, and professionalization, the MCS curriculum equips students with the tools to navigate dynamic media environments and the capacity to reshape them.
The Department of Media and Communication Studies offers a Media and Communication Studies, B.A. and a Media and Communication Studies Certificate .
Career and Academic Paths
Coursework in Media and Communication Studies helps students refine their communication skills, gain critical understanding of the media, and learn how to use relevant new technologies effectively. The combination of theory and production courses, applied learning and internship experiences, and a capstone research project equips 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 is dedicated to preparing students for meaningful work in their careers and communities. One of the highlights of the program is the internship requirement, through which students gain professional experience and marketable skills.
Statement on Study of Foreign Languages
Knowledge of at least one foreign language and familiarity with other cultures are important for understanding media and communications in conditions of contemporary globalization. Therefore, MCS students are strongly encouraged to study a foreign language to at least the 202 level (with appropriate exemptions made for native speakers of languages other than English). Additionally, studying abroad can provide understandings of other cultures and richer perspectives on American culture and media. The MCS department encourages interested students to pursue study-abroad opportunities and can advise students on the transferability of courses taken while studying abroad.
CoursesMedia and Communication Studies