Major in 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 as a communication and media major at Merrimack College, 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.

Hands-On Learning

The majority of communication and media majors participate in at least one internship, co-op, fieldwork or practicum, with 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.

Career Options

The communication and media major is designed to build a foundation upon which students may pursue professional work in the following sectors:

  • Law
  • Politics
  • Media organizations
  • Education
  • Business
  • Technological industries
  • Healthcare
  • Social services

Courses You’ll Take

Communication and Media Major Curriculum

Communication and Media Major Requirements

General Education Requirements

In addition to the major requirements below, you will also need to complete Merrimack’s general education requirements.

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