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Academic Programs

Excellence in Learning

We are reimagining ways to offer relevant and challenging educational experiences that prepare our students for successful careers in integrated media and strategic communications. You will gain knowledge and develop skills to share stories, shape values, create connections and make a difference in a diverse and complex world.

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We believe that learning is a lifelong process. Critical thought and problem-solving are incorporated into most courses, and projects provide experience to apply and refine learning. Students have the opportunity to teach others through comprehensive critique and editing processes, as well as through participation in the department’s student-run media and communications firm, Blue House Agency. Department of Media degree programs have three distinct areas of focus:

  1. Pre-professional preparation. Our programs have a pre-professional focus with a strong analytical dimension. We combine theory with practice through application and experiential learning. Students build their knowledge and professional skills while developing critical thinking and problem solving abilities. Students complete their degree with a professional portfolio tailored to showcase their knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  2. Personal development. Students create an educational plan to support their personal and professional goals. Career planning is built into the curriculum. We encourage our students to pursue minors and/or certificates that will help them achieve their goals, and to build a degree plan that reflects their passions, engages their interests, and prepares them for their chosen career.
  3. Practice. Our students gain experience in a variety of ways. Most courses use experiential and problem-based learning approaches. In addition, we encourage our students to participate in internships or practicum opportunities to enhance their educational experiences. Our students are encouraged to see themselves as professionals, and to understand that being a professional requires theoretical understanding and analytical thinking supplemented by skills and experience.