Communication and Media Major
Meet Your Major: Communication and Media
By taking courses that integrate critical theory and real-world practice, you’ll explore a variety of areas of study, including environmental communication, health campaigns, sports communication, humor and media, intercultural communication and radio production.
What You’ll Learn
In the course of your studies, you’ll learn how communication and media plays a fundamental role in how we understand each other, organizations, movements, cultures and mass communication.
The communication and media major offers:
- An interdisciplinary perspective that embraces both humanities-based and social-science-focused communication studies.
- A core curriculum that explores all major areas of communication while maintaining the latitude for individual exploration through electives.
- The flexibility to construct your own curriculum based on different topics, such as organizational, visual, intercultural, environmental, health, and mass communication.
- Access to the practical experience needed for employment and the academic achievement needed for graduate school application.
- Video and audio production spaces that connect you with the digitized formats used in current media-production operations.
Students have a wealth of experiential education opportunities to choose from. You can:
- Test drive your knowledge in Merrimack’s new television and photography studios and fully equipped Mac lab.
- Hit the radio waves at WMCK, our internet radio station.
- Contribute to The Beacon, our student newspaper.
- Intern for local and national companies focused on PR, radio, TV and marketing, or for government and nonprofit organizations.
- Take an intensive study-abroad communication course or learn about media while immersed in another culture for an entire semester.
The communication and media major is designed to build a foundation upon which students may pursue professional work in the following sectors:
- Media organizations
- Technological industries
- Social services
What You’ll Take
Communication and media students must complete a minimum of 40 credits and 10 courses, although most students complete more than 10. You must also maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 in your selected courses.
Students must complete the following five core courses in communication:
Introduction to Mass Communication
Introduction to Applied Communication
Students must complete five additional communication courses, as follows:
- Two praxis courses, typically indicated by a 3000-level course number.
- Three theory courses, typically indicated by a 4000-level course number.
Specialization and Interdisciplinary Opportunities
Communication and media students are encouraged to minor in another area of interest and have the opportunity to develop their major according to particular topics of interest or areas of study.