Description of the major
The major provides a general grounding in traditional media forms along with work in the area of media convergence. Students do course work at both the practical and theoretical level. On the theory side, course work will be offered in the areas of media criticism and theory, visual communications, and media history at the introductory and advanced levels. On the applied side, course work will be offered in video and audio production, news writing and photojournalism, radio and television studio production, and public relations and advertising at the introductory and advanced levels. Students will be strongly encouraged to do an internship sometime during their junior or senior years. Finally, the capstone Convergent Media Seminar will bring seniors together to consider the larger, theoretical issues related to the fast-paced changes in communications today and into the future. Graduates are well positioned to go right into industry, where they will be able to compete in a number of different job markets, or to graduate school for advanced training.