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Communication is connection—from the art, literature, films, advertisements and technologies that define our culture.

From early technologies like the printing press to emerging digital tools like ChatGPT, media continue to challenge our understanding of the way we, as a global society, interact with one another. Emmanuel’s program in Communication & Media Studies equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary for success as a professional communicator in an ever-changing media landscape. Core to our mission is a foundation in social justice and ethics that allows you to think critically about media texts, production, and consumption.

Our faculty provide multi-disciplinary perspectives that emphasize the bridge between communication theory and skill-based application. Engage in coursework that focuses on blending theory, historical context, methods, and experiential learning across the curriculum, allowing you to develop skills in media literacy, writing, research and message creation that are valued in the workplace.

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The Curriculum

View the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for B.A. Communication & Media Studies

1-4. Foundations of the field (4 courses)

  • COMM1502 Media & Society (SA) (SS)
  • COMM2510 Professional Communication
  • COMM2515 Research Methods for Communication & Media
  • COMM3701 Media Theory or ENGL3703 Critical Theory and the Academy or ENGL3707 Film Theory

5-6. Communication and Media Studies. Choose two of the following (at least one must be 3000-level):

  • AMST1101 Introduction to American Studies (LI)(DM)
  • ART2213  Daguerreotypes to Digital Prints: The History of Photography (AI-A) (VCI) (DM)
  • COMM3311 Ethics in Documentary Film
  • COMM3708 Digital Culture & Social Media Promotion
  • COMM3730 Feminist Media Studies
  • ENGL2321 Love and Gender in British Literature and Film (AI-L)
  • ENGL2701 Literature and Film (AI-L)
  • ENGL3303 Images of Masculinity
  • ENGL3601 Crime Stories and American Culture
  • ENGL3605 Global Literature and Film
  • POLSC2207 Politics and the Media

7-8. Foundations in Strategic Communication (Two courses, at least one COMM)

  • COMM2501 Journalism
  • COMM2521 Public Relations and Persuasion (LI)
  • COMM2523 Advertising and Culture
  • COMM2525 Sport Communication
  • COMM3806 Health Communication (SJ)
  • MGMT2211 Leadership: Person & Process
  • MKTG2200 Principles of Marketing
  • MKTG2500 Consumer Behavior
  • POLSC2211 Campaign Strate
  • COMM3701 Media Theory
  • ENGL3703 Critical Theory and the Academy
  • ENGL3707 Film Theory

9-10. Applying Strategic Communication: Skills-based courses (Choose one)

  • ART1407 Visual Language for Design and Communication (AI-A) (VCI)        
  • ART2132 Data Visualization(AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART2432 Poster and Information Design 
  • ART2443 Digital Photography I 
  • ART3402 Interactive Design
  • ART3431 Motion Graphics and Digital Animation  
  • ART3432 Package and Publication Design
  • COMM3501 Multimedia Storytelling
  • COMM3801 Feature Writing
  • ENGL2504 Prose Writing
  • ENGL2507 Fiction Writing
  • ENGL3405 Editing and Publishing a Literary Magazine
  • ENGL3504 Advanced Prose Writing
  • SPCH111 Public Speaking: Voice and 
    Diction

AND

  • ENGL4994/ENGL4995 Internship I & II

11. Communication & Media Studies Elective (One additional COMM course)

12. Capstone Research Seminar

  • ENGL4998 Communication and Media Studies Senior Seminar

View the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for Minor in Communication & Media Studies

  • COMM1502 Media & Society (SA) (SS)
  • COMM2510 Professional Communication OR COMM2515 Research Methods for Communication & Media 

Students must take three additional courses from the communication menu, one from each of the following categories:

  • One course from the Communication and Media Studies Category
  • One course from the Media Practice
  • One 3000-level elective from any category

The communication and media studies minor is available to all students, including those majoring in English and Writing, Editing & Publishing

The Communication and Media Studies major provides students with multi-disciplinary perspectives on media texts, production, and consumption, grounded in the study and practice of contemporary issues in the field. Coursework focuses on blending theory, methods, and experiential learning across the curriculum, allowing students to develop research literacy and practical skills that are valued in the workplace, such as:

  • Knowledge of the history of communication and media studies, including a practical understanding of its foundational theories and principles
  • Competency in qualitative media research, including approaches to textual analysis and audience research, through development of independent research projects
  • Proficiency in the practical skills associated with professional communications, such as public relations, advertising, journalism, etc.
  • Professional skills development via experiential learning through coursework, including an internship course
  • Experiential knowledge of multimedia storytelling and digital media production
  • Media literacy, particularly as it pertains to issues of equity, ethics, and social responsibility
Where Essential Values and Skills Meet the Real World

Where Essential Values and Skills Meet the Real World

Along with areas of knowledge and major requirements, you will cultivate essential values in the classroom and complete two courses in each area:

  • Social Justice (SJ): Develop knowledge, skills, values and motivation to participate beneficially in activities of personal and public concern.
  • Diversity & Multiculturalism (DM): Understand the complexity of identity the historical truths of different cultural perspectives to address bias and examine contemporary social issues. 

One hundred percent of Emmanuel students complete an internship as part of the core curriculum. In a city as dynamic as Boston, your options are bound only by the limits of your curiosity.

Students from the English, Writing & Communications Department intern with major media outlets such as GBH, WHDH-TV and The Globe, as well as in editorial or content roles with journals and major publishers, nonprofit organizations or Boston-based tech startups.

In all majors, the Capstone Experience involves completing a significant piece of work that requires the integration and application of learning from multiple courses.

In the Capstone Experience, EWC students engage in rigorous class discussions, participate in group or individual presentations, and write a major research paper. Writing, Editing & Publishing students revise work produced in previous courses and submit for considerations at journals, magazines, anthologies and contests. Students also complete a reflection of their educational goals of the program.