Communication and Media Studies
Be the voice for the future by gaining the communicative skills needed to be successful in the media world.
Presenting news and current events through the media has evolved in recent years, and now is your chance to start your own career in communication and media.
- Bachelor of Arts
- Major, Minor
Communicating is something we all do on a daily basis. Both an understanding of human communication and the ability to communicate well are the keys to a successful career. Stetson’s Communications and Media Studies faculty aids students in becoming effective creators and critics of communication in relationships, the workplace, the media, the political and legal spheres and organizations (both non-profit and for-profit). As a communication and media studies student, you will have access to a computer lab, HD projection systems and digital recording technology in Elizabeth Hall.
You will be exposed to diverse methods of education, including discussion-rich classes, internships, field experience and ultimately, a senior research project. The classes required within our program are used to study communication in a rhetorical and qualitative perspective. You will learn how to be ethical and effective as a communicator who can understand and navigate different cultural, political and social contexts.
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Our challenging curriculum will provide you with the advanced knowledge necessary to excel in the field of communication and media studies and open the doors you seek to a fulfilling and rewarding career.
Among the humanities traditions of philosophy, literature and art, the mission of communication and media studies is to encourage students to better understand culture, meaning and symbolic activity for the purposes of producing more enlightened citizens. By equipping students with the accumulated knowledge of the discipline, it is our intent to foster mindful, competent, ethical and responsible communicators and message consumers. Specifically, we accomplish this by cultivating in students an awareness of the role language, interaction and symbol usage play in the ways we constitute and assign meaning to the world in which we live.
Our communication and media studies department adopts a scholarly approach to teaching and learning, and distinctively balances and integrates research and theory with practice.
- Major requirements within our program are designed to give students a choice in regards to communication emphasis and an opportunity to study other disciplines.
- Interdisciplinary courses and a diverse curriculum cover main interpretative and critical methods for studying communication phenomena.
- Two semesters are given to developing your senior project.
- Curriculum and class projects prepare students for a wide range of professions as well as post-graduate studies.
Our experienced and successful faculty will help guide you through the journey of our Communications and Media Studies program.
- Andrew Dehnart, M.F.A., Bennington College
- Antonio Golan, M.A., College of Staten Island (CUNY)
- Michael McFarland, Ph.D., Northwestern University
- Jelena Petrovic, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
- Mario Rodriguez, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
- Tara Schuwerk, Ph.D., Arizona State University
The Communication and Media Studies program enables you to acquire the knowledge and skills sought out by majority of employers, including but not limited to written and oral communication, critical thinking and analytical reasoning, complex and creative problem-solving, ethical decision-making and teamwork skills. Getting a degree in this field means you can get a career in a wide range of professions, such as
- Communication education
- Health communication
- New media and technology
- Organizational communication
- Public relations
- Political communication
Jennifer Rose Curtis '14, assistant online editor, Charisma Media
One of the things I most enjoyed about my communication and media studies major was the one-on-one conversations I had with all my professors. They had a passion to help me grow as a student and a lifelong learner. I will never forget the opportunities I had to hear other perspectives, research new topics and push myself beyond my limits.
Hannah DeBevoise '11, social media coordinator, AACSB International
I chose to major in communication and media studies because of my fondness for telling stories. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do post-graduation, but I knew that I loved to use words to create understanding. Even during my time at Stetson, global communication was rapidly changing. I went from taking a class on classic public relations my sophomore year to a class focused on social media and evolving forms of blogging my senior year. Now, as a social media professional, I appreciate that Stetson and the communication department faculty understood that society's communications needs were continuously changing and began to adjust and advance alongside those needs. Stetson gave me the fundamentals I needed to be a professional communicator and encouraged me to be forward-thinking in an industry that I know for certain won't be the same tomorrow as when I entered it five years ago.
Isa Adney '09, writer
Studying communication at Stetson changed the way I looked at media forever and I use what I learned every day to both create and critique the media around me. It was an invaluable education.