Communication and Media Studies

Communication and Media Studies

Everyone is required to communicate on a daily basis, whether in a personal or professional sphere. The Communication and Media Studies program enables you to acquire the knowledge and skills sought by many employers, including written and oral communication, critical thinking, analytical reasoning, creative problem-solving and ethical decision-making.

Students will gain the expertise to deliver traditional and nontraditional news across 21st-century platforms, and present vital, timely information in the corporate, political, legal, nonprofit and other realms. Achieving a degree in this field can lead to a career in a wide range of professions, such as:

  • Advertising, marketing and public relations
  • Communication education
  • Consulting
  • Editor and publishing
  • Electronic media, journalism, and radio or TV broadcasting
  • Event planning
  • Health communication
  • Intercultural and multi-linguistic communication
  • New media and technology
  • Organizational communication and corporate communication
  • Performing arts
  • Political communication
  • Public administration
  • Sales
  • Speech writing and coaching

Why Communication and Media Studies at Stetson University?

We are a diverse group of communication scholars and media creators who are committed to inspiring and challenging each other and our students. We teach communication, media and journalism from a humanistic perspective, meaning that we focus on understanding people's needs and desires, and we strive to solve social problems.

We will prepare you to be more mindful, competent, ethical critics and creators of messages and active citizens in your relationships, communities and the world. Our classes include exposure to diverse perspectives alongside intensive discussion and experiential learning, which empower you to guide your own education and follow your interests and passions.

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Samantha Zarek '17, Manager of Racing Communications, NASCAR

"I would not be where I am today without the outstanding education and support of my professors. My experience in Stetson University's Communication and Media Studies department prepared me for my career through quality classroom education, leadership opportunities, and excellent resources."

Samantha Zarek '17, Manager of Racing Communications, NASCAR (Read more about Samantha on Stetson Today.)

Sarah Merriman ’13

“I chose Stetson because I felt at home and in love with the campus from the first moment I visited. My experience at Stetson interning for three years with Student Development and Campus Vibrancy and being part of the F.O.C.U.S. Orientation staff really showed me how much I enjoy helping others realize their dreams.”

Sarah Merriman ’13 Communication and Media Studies 

Career Outcomes

Employment in media and communication occupations is projected to grow 14% through 2030, faster than the average for all occupations, resulting in about 151,500 new jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Demand for media and communication occupations is expected to arise from the need to create, edit, translate and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms.

The median annual wage for media and communication workers (such as announcers, interpreters and translators, and technical writers) was $62,340 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.

Media and communication equipment workers (such as broadcast and sound engineering technicians, film and video editors, and photographers) earned a median annual wage of $48,920 in May 2021, higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy.

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  • Su Young Choi, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Erik Johnson, PhD, Northwestern University
  • Michael McFarland, PhD, Northwestern University
  • Jelena Petrovic, PhD, University of New Mexico
  • Tara Schuwerk, PhD, Arizona State University

Students will be exposed to varied methods of education, including discussion-rich classes, interdisciplinary courses, internships and field experience. A diverse curriculum covers interpretative and critical methods for studying all aspects of communication. Two semesters are given to developing your senior project. Major requirements within the program are designed to give students a choice in regards to communication emphasis and an opportunity to study other disciplines.

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