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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Media and Communication Studies Certificate

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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 Media and Communication Studies Certificate complements a range of other majors. It equips students with the tools to navigate dynamic media environments and the capacity to reshape them.

Certificate Requirements

  • Minimum 25 credits
  • Minimum grade of ‘C’ in courses applied the certificate
  • Students may share a maximum of 9 credits with another major, minor, or certificate

Course Requirements

Internship Requirement

Media & 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. Media & Communication Studies  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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