The Department of Communication and Media Studies offers a major and a minor in communication.
The department is an integral part of Goucher’s liberal arts tradition. Students are encouraged to develop a sense of communication history and are provided with the means of mastering the language of modern media. They are challenged to develop a critical view, with an emphasis on ethical judgments about contemporary media issues. Academic and theoretical classes are supplemented with skills-oriented coursework, applied internships, and research activities, as well as TV studio, field video, audio and new media production classes. Students are encouraged to pursue specific interests in television and film studies; video and audio production; print, radio and television journalism; photography; advertising and public relations; popular culture studies; and new media. Extracurricular work with campus radio and television, the student newspaper, and blogs enhance the academic training. Students complete internships in a variety of arenas, including television, radio, public relations, advertising, nonprofit agencies, film, news writing and production, marketing, and new media production and training. Students are also encouraged to pursue independent projects in their particular areas of scholarly and creative interest.
Professional communication associations in which students and faculty participate include American Studies Association, Cultural Studies Association,, Eastern Communication Association, National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, Popular Culture Association, Public Relations Society of America, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, and Women in Film and Television…
Writing Proficiency for Communication and Media Studies Majors
Students are required to pass COM 132 and COM 262 and achieve a grade of B- or better in COM 262 to be granted writing proficiency in the major. To achieve writing proficiency, students are expected to master the ability to
- write grammatically correct, syntactically sophisticated sentences and construct cohesive, effective paragraphs consistently and spontaneously;
- research and integrate information from multiple sources; and
- provide substantial and appropriate support for theses and propositions and demonstrate the correlating ability to develop and write well-reasoned arguments of merit to the field of communication studies.
Computer Proficiency for Communication and Media Studies Majors
Students meet their computer proficiency requirement by passing (with a grade of C- or better) COM 105-Introduction to Communication Studies. This course critically and ethically examines information revolutions including the current computer revolution. As part of the required coursework, students are expected to learn to construct a web page, be proficient in the use of word processing, and conduct Internet-based research. Students are also expected to gain an understanding of the social, political, and ethical issues surrounding the computer revolution and the advent of the Information Society