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| December 2014 | Fairfield University News Channel

Communication, Public Relations, and Emerging Media

Theory meets practice in several programs that prepare students for what’s next in digital culture

Walk across campus and you can’t help to see students plugged in. They are scrolling through Instagram, listening to the new Taylor Swift album (even though they say its Echosmith on their Twitter feed), and forwarding a collection of 13 GIFs made from feature films they downloaded from Buzzfeed about “things you have to do before you leave college”…And this is all on the walk between Donarumma and Barone. It isn’t surprising that College of Arts and Sciences students live their lives in the digital now, but it may be surprising to learn just how many ways students in the College can learn about the theory and practice of communication and emerging media.  

Let’s give you some examples. You might choose to have a major in Communication, Public Relations (new!), Digital Journalism (new!) or Film, Television and Media Arts. You might also develop a dual-major or pick up a relevant minor that compliments your chosen field of study. Whether you’re interested in studying advertising, persuasion and public relations, how to acquire the skills to become the next great artistic filmmaker or sports broadcaster, how to better communicate in corporations or your own family, or how to create content for the apps that seem to consume so much of your day…we can help you find the right path of study. We even make it easy to take courses in other academic divisions, like computer programming courses for today’s digital journalism students and marketing courses for PR students. Of course we host great career events in the College that are aimed at students interested in media and communication and there are ample opportunities to take advantage of internships in the media and information capital of the United States. Lucky you. 

Anyone who spends even a little bit of time reading blogs and following headlines knows that the media industries change quickly. MySpace what? Exactly. The diverse mix of applied and critical courses in the College of Arts and Sciences can help prepare you for a variety of different career paths and even those careers you don’t even know about yet. You just need to know where to look…and apparently you do.

Talk to Dr. David Gudelunas, associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, about communication and emerging media and how you can tailor your studies to it. Be sure to ask about our new majors in public relations and digital journalism!

Last modified:  Tue, 09 Dec 2014 09:36:00 EST

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