May 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Media & Communication Studies



Rebecca Adelman


Rebecca Adelman
B.A., Oberlin College, 2001; M.A., Ohio State University, 2005; Ph.D., 2009

Associate Professor

Jason Loviglio
B.A., Wesleyan University, 1987; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1999

Fan Yang
B.A., Fudan University (China), 2000; M.A., Ohio State University, 2003; Ph.D., George Mason University, 2011

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Patton
B.A., New York University, 1998; Ph.D., 2013; M.A., Drexel University, 2005

Tracy Tinga
B.A., Africa Nazarene University (Kenya), 2009; M.A., Ohio University, 2014; Ph.D., Temple University, 2019

Professor of the Practice

William Shewbridge
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1980; M.S., Towson University, 1985; D.C.D., University of Baltimore, 2002

Principal Lecturer

Donald Snyder
B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1995; Ph.D., 2008


Kristen Anchor
B.S., James Madison University, 1996; B.A. University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2002; M.F.A., 2013

Program Management Specialist

Samirah Hassan
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. 

Internship Requirement

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.




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