Media & Communication
Requirements & Courses
The Media & Communication major provides a systematic scholarly approach to the analysis of media and society. Knowledge of how media and media industries function is essential for responsible citizen participation in a democratic society. Courses in the major provide students with conceptual and analytic tools to assess the social impacts of media as well as to explore media production as a form of creative expression and critical civic engagement. All courses are informed by concerns for the value-related issues and controversies raised by media practices. The major prepares students for graduate study and provides education for careers in digital media, journalism, broadcast media, publishing, advertising, public relations, political advocacy, media law, teaching, film, video, and new media production. Special Programs
a semester abroad experience designed for Media & Communication and Film Studies students at Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland.
allows qualified students the opportunity to enrich their experiences in media and communication theory, history, and practice.
a week-long event each year, where successful Muhlenberg Media & Communication and Film Studies Alumni network and hold workshops with current students
a Muhlenberg forum outside of students' classes to discuss issues of social justice in a democratic society.
a youth media arts program, housed in the department, that encourages teens to raise their voices about issues affecting their world.
permits students to explore the relevance of their studies to communication practices in a professional setting.
A total of nine courses are required within the major
Media and Communication Required
All majors must complete the following three courses.
These introductory courses emphasize the breadth of media and communication. They provide an overview of different sub-specializations within the field.
- COM 208 - Global Media
- COM 212 - New Information Technologies
- COM 218 - Media & Patriotism
- COM 220, 221 - Free Culture
- COM 223 - Feminist Media Studies
- COM 225 - Journalistic Traditions
- COM 240 - Introduction to Film Analysis
- COM 242 - Twentieth Century Media: Film, Radio, & Television
- COM 251 - Intro to Movie Making
These courses use media and communication theories and methodologies to provide in-depth exploration of significant media and communication institutions, traditions, or cultural forms.
- COM 210 - Media Law
- COM 244, 245 - Media & Social Movements
- COM 312 - Media Industries
- COM 314 - Audience Analysis
- COM 316 - Propaganda & Promotional Cultures
- COM 341 - Social Media & the Self
- COM 344 - Documentary Film & Social Justice
- COM 346 - Exploratory Cinema
- COM 370 - Popular Culture & Communication
- COM 372, 373 - Race & Representation
- COM 374 - Gender, Communication, & Culture
- COM 378, 379 - Sport, Culture, & Media
- COM 442 - Children & Communication
These courses provide students with opportunities to become producers, not merely consumers, of print, video, digital, and audio information. Each course gives students in-depth opportunities to put theory into practice in research, writing, or digital media production.
- COM 216 - Communication & Public Relations
- COM 321, 322 - Writing for the Media
- COM 334 - Health Communication
- COM 336, 337 - Environmental Communication
- COM 338 - Organizational Communication
- COM 351 - Video Production
- COM 361 - Radio Production
- COM 367 - Studio Workshop in Television & Film
- COM 376, 377 - Youth Media
- COM 431 - Documentary Field Work
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (CUE)
All majors must complete one of the options below during hteir senior year.