Technology has rendered distance nearly irrelevant, and the Internet has revolutionized our world so that rapid transformations sweep societies, different modes of media converge, new cultural spaces and practices emerge, and belief structures shift. Our curriculum will help you find the tools to understand and play an active role in the massive trends and rifts that are appearing in societies across the globe. Its interdisciplinary approach draws on the strength of diverse fields of study, so that you will be exposed to both theory and practice, with a strong grounding in the historical roots of communications in all its forms. You will be provided with, as well as the practical skills and analytical abilities to understand and participate in the complex dynamics of communication at the global, local, and individual levels.
We want to ensure that Global Communications serves as your gateway to the world, and that you come away with an understanding of the many subjects it’s linked to, including sociology, anthropology, politics and literature. You will be trained to think critically and creatively about the contemporary communications environment, and develop substantive knowledge based on current research in the field. Through the visits of practitioners to your classroom and visits to professional environments, you will be exposed to experts in the various professions of global communications, to which you will also later contribute.
With every single one of our majors, you’ll find a carefully curated medley of core courses and electives, which will provide you with the tools you need to establish an unshakeable foundation in the principles and concepts fundamental to your growth within your disciplines of choice. Many majors also enable you to specialize further within the broader area of study.
We aim to help you develop a range of skills, capacities, and modes of inquiry that will be crucial for your future since employers and graduate schools are looking for the critical thinking and innovative problem-solving skills that are associated with a liberal arts education, including sophisticated writing abilities, willingness to pose difficult questions, and an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts surrounding a topic or decision.
Choose from the Media and Culture electives to meet this requirement and cultivate a solid grounding in the evolution of Communications, in all of its forms, throughout the world.
The Global Communications major offers courses in the following three specializations:
The Global Communications core courses, which you must take as part of the major requirements, will provide you with the tools you’ll need to ground your present and future studies. Your introduction to the fundamentals of Global Communications will help pave the way for your successful completion of other Global Communications courses.