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Department of Communication and Media

Major Requirements

Meet Your Major: Communication and Media

As a communication and media major, you’ll become well-versed in the art of messaging and building arguments that inspire action.

By integrating critical theory and real-world practice, you’ll explore a variety of topics that include health campaigns; sports communication; humor and media; intercultural communication; radio production; newspapers and new-media production; and feminist media studies.

What You’ll Learn

This program is structured on the premise that communication and media foster both self-expression and democratic compromise. In the course of your studies, you’ll learn to understand their fundamental role across a broad spectrum of personal interactions — political negotiations; relational development and maintenance; family cohesion; workplace success; and more.

The communication and media program 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 interpersonal, organizational, nonverbal, visual, intercultural, health and mass communication.
  • Access to the practical experience needed for employment and the academic achievement needed for graduate school application.
  • A contemporary computer lab that meets the needs of a technology-driven market.
  • Video and audio production spaces that connect you with the digitized formats used in current media-production operations.

Hands-On Learning

This program provides a range of opportunities for internships and other real-world experience in your field of study.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the communication and media program, you’ll be on the fast track to a career in:

  • Law
  • Politics
  • Media
  • Corporate communications
  • Education
  • Business
  • Technology
  • Health care
  • Social services

What You’ll Take

As a communication and media major, you’ll complete courses in both the social sciences and the humanities to prepare for your chosen profession or future study. You 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.

Core Courses

As a communication and media major, you’ll be required to complete a common core of required courses that provide an overview of the discipline. Then, you must choose two skills-oriented-level classes and three theory-based-level classes.

Course Number
Course Title
When Is it Offered?

COM 1020

Public Communication 

Fall and spring semesters

COM 2010

Research Inquiry

Spring semester only

COM 2401

Introduction to Mass Communication

Fall semester

COM 2801

Introduction to Applied Communication

Spring semester 

COM 4900

Senior Seminar

Fall semester only

Additional Requirements

  • At least two 3000-level courses.

    • These courses can be taken simultaneously with COM 1020, COM 2401, COM 2801 and COM 2010.
  • At least three 4000-level courses 
    • These courses can only be taken after completing COM 1020, COM 2401, COM 2801, and COM 2010.

Courses in the School of Liberal Arts are scheduled to account for instructional time that is commensurate with credits earned.

Specialization and Interdisciplinary Opportunities

Communication and media students have the opportunity to develop their major according to particular topics of interest or areas of study.

More Info

Jacob Turner

Chair & Associate Professor
Comm Arts & Sciences

978-837-3552

turnerjs@merrimack.edu

 

Samantha Bruno 

Dept. Administrator

Comm Arts & Sciences

978-837-5360
brunos@merrimack.edu