Department of Communications
In our hyper-mediated environment it can be said that all organizations are media organizations. In addition, civil society and political participation require 21st century skills that include critical thinking, problem solving and communication. In this context, whether the goal is to continue on to graduate school, become an entrepreneur, work as professional media makers, or work as a professional communicator for enterprise or non-government organizations, we equip students with a variety of tools to enable them to succeed in a globalized media environment. To this end, our students have gone on to prestigious graduate programs (London School of Economics, New School for Social Research), internships (NPR, UNESCO) and have found work with diverse organizations (film, TV, music, marketing, education, NGO and corporate).
We prepare students to be active global citizens. In doing so, our major balances theory-oriented courses with practice in areas such as journalism, moving images production and digital multimedia. Our interdisciplinary curriculum model explores the impact of media on society by studying how media affect and is affected by institutions, states, activists, practitioners, audiences, cultures, economics and technology. Our approach is in alignment with best practices in media studies and communications departments in the United States and Europe, and is in accordance with the guidelines set by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).
Our core theory courses and electives cover a range of topics that include a survey of media, culture and society; visual communications; digital media; advanced theory; ethics; globalization; political communication; media and the environment; gender and race; film (history, theory, national and global cinema); cross-cultural communication; global media, European and Mediterranean area media realities. Practical courses include digital video production (narrative and non-narrative), fiction and documentary film, screenwriting, journalism, writing across the media, and public speaking. [read more]