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Department of Communication and Media

Students from the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences visit NESN studios.Students from the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences visit NESN studios.

Fusing Critical Theory, Real-World Practice

The department of communication and media offers a major and a minor that emphasizes both applied and media communication.

Communication and media courses bring together critical theory and real-world practice through the exploration of a variety of topics, including health campaigns, sports communication, humor and media, intercultural communication, radio production, newspapers and new media production, and feminist media studies.

The study of communication at Merrimack provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective that embraces the framework of the liberal arts. Merrimack and the liberal arts tradition ensure that students will have a clear understanding that communication fosters both self-expression and democratic compromise. Course offerings in the program are structured with the understanding that communication is the basis for political negotiations, relational development and maintenance, family cohesion and work success.

Communication and Media Offerings

Our communication and media program offers:

  • An interdisciplinary perspective that embraces the framework of the liberal arts, orienting the student in both humanities based and social science-focused communication studies.
  • A core curriculum that extends through all major areas of the study of communication while maintaining the latitude for individual exploration through electives.
  • The opportunity to construct one’s own curriculum based on personal interests that may include interpersonal, organizational, nonverbal, visual, intercultural, health, and mass communication.
  • A program design that enables the graduate to incorporate both professional expertise for viable employment and academic excellence for graduate school application.
  • A nationally recognized faculty devoted to both teaching and scholarship.
  • An advanced and contemporary computer lab that meets the needs of a technology-driven market.
  • Video and audio production spaces the connect students with the digitized formats used in current media production operations.

Communication and media encompass verbal and nonverbal language symbols that are spoken, enacted, heard and seen.

To foster an understanding of the breadth and depth of “human meaning-making,” the communication and media program includes courses from the orientations of both the social sciences and the humanities. In so doing, it prepares students to pursue their chosen professional areas or subjects for future study. The major is designed to build a foundation upon which a student may pursue either future study or professional work in law and politics, media organizations, education, business, technological industries, health care or social services.

Majoring in communication and media at Merrimack provides each student with the understanding that the study of communication and media is essential to all of society’s major issues, concerns and the construction of values. Whether one is communicating with one’s self, interpersonally or through a technological medium, the knowledge of communication principles will enhance that endeavor.


  • Tune in to WMCK Sept 28 at 12 to hear McQuade librarians talk about banned or challenged books and celebrating your right to read.
  • The New Season at the Rogers Center is, in a word, AWESOME!
  • Dinosaurs, westerns, and spooky movies to be featured on the big screen at Merrimack College, North Andover, Mass.
  • Merrimack College’s radio station,WMCK, has officially declared a logo after launching a design competition. Sophomore Michael Giammasi, who is also co-president of WMCK, ended up designing the winning logo which will now be used to represent the radio station.
  • A brand new lineup of shows debut this semester with more live programming, more student DJs and more faculty/staff DJs than last semester. 
    This semester’s lineup includes a variety of music shows, talk shows featuring debate and discussion, news content, sports commentary and perspectives on the Merrimack community. Live broadcasts of Merrimack Athletic competitions, such as Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse and much more. Listen on Saturdays and Sundays for live Merrimack sports!
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  • Tyler Shaffer ’16, and Adam Kalogeros ’18, sat in the new WMCK studio in Cushing Hall doing some production work for their radio show this week, leading up to the station going live on the Internet at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 5.
  • It won’t be on your radio dial, but Merrimack is starting its own student-run station on the internet this fall.

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