ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Communication & Media at Goucher?


Our students develop a sense of communication history and master the language of mass media. They are challenged to develop a critical view, with an emphasis on ethical judgments about the most current 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.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?


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.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?


Our students have interned at the BET Network, Jim Henson Creature Workshop, The Washington Post, Time Inc., Us Weekly, HBO Documentaries, The New York Times Magazine, MTV Networks, and Fortune and Popular Science magazines. Many of our students attend top graduate and professional programs, while others embark upon careers at organizations such as ABC Studios, ESPN, and Post-Newsweek Media.

Students and faculty participate in many professional communication associations, such as American Studies Association, Cultural Studies Association, National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, and Women in Film and Television.

Faculty

Program Contact
Dan Marcus

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Edward Worteck, Professor of Art and Communication: Photography and Media Studies

Daniel Marcus, Associate Professor, Communication and Media Studies: Media history and criticism, media and politics, documentary film, video production

Danny Kimball, Assistant Professor, Communication and Media Studies

David Zurawik, Professor, Communication and Media Studies: Journalism, media criticism, research methods, new media

Darcey Morris, Assistant Professor, Communication and Media Studies

Guy Raymond, Professor, Communication and Media Studies: Field and studio video production

Maria San Filippo, Assistant Professor, Communication and Media Studies: Film and television studies, gender and sexuality in media, feminist and queer theory and history

Affiliate Faculty
Gail Husch, April Oettinger, Allison Lohr, Becky Free

Study Abroad

Australia


Macquarie University, just outside Sydney, gives students the opportunity to take part in the city life. With just about 30,000 students, including 8,000 international students from over 71 countries, Macquarie is able to prepare students for today's constantly changing, highly competitive society. The international studies program includes an orientation at the beginning of the term at a site outside of Sydney. The school offers classes in International Communications and in Media. There are also opportunities for Study Abroad students to take part in internships that are a combination of work-based learning and academic assessment. The program is offered in the fall and spring semesters and for a full academic year.

Courses include: Australian Media, Introduction to Screenwriting, News and Current Affairs, Introduction to the Cinema, Radio Production, Advanced Radio Broadcasting, Multimedia Theory and Production, Print Media Production, Screen Production, Media Forms: From Alphabet to Internet, Theories of Writing for the Media, Media Identities, Culture and Technology, Screenwriting, Contemporary World Cinemas, Public Relations, Introduction to International Affairs, Intercultural Communication, Intercultural Relations, International Television, International Communications Campaigns, International Public Relations and Advertising, Global Knowledge and Society, and Writing for International Business and Finance.

The University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland offers courses in the fields of Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, and Communication. Located on the edge of a national park and home to the native kangaroos, the campus is full of sunshine and outdoor activities to do whenever you have free time. The campus is close to Queensland's capital city Brisbane, Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo, and the Great Barrier Reef. The school offers an orientation program for all international programs. The program is offered both spring and fall semesters and for a full academic year. Study Abroad students may also apply for internships that generally equivalent to one or two courses.

Courses available include: Australian Media Industries: Introduction to Communication Studies, Editing for the Communications Professional, Computer-Assisted Reporting, Advertising: Copy and Image, News Rounds, Media and Promotion: Tourism and Hospitality, News Writing: Print and Broadcast, Writing for the Web, Creative Advertising, Advanced News Reporting, Media Relations, Research into Australian Journalism, Communication and Thought, International Marketing, Project and Event Management, Communication Theory and Practice, Small Screen, Big Business: The Television Industry, Creative Event Management, Advertising Campaigns, Communication Campaign Planning, Non-Fiction Writing for the Small Screen, International Communication, Promotions Management, Sport and Event Marketing, and Marketing Research Project.

Denmark


The Denmark International Study program in Copenhagen offers a great variety of classes for students studying Communication and Mass Media. This program offers intermediate and advanced classes. Trips to other European countries are encouraged during your break as well as integrated into courses. The program is offered both fall and spring semesters, full year, and summer semesters, though classes may vary.

The courses available include: History of European Film, Contemporary European Film, Scandinavian Moods in Cinema, Current Trends in Media, Digital Design Journal, Creative Industries, International Advertising in a European Context, Journalism and Public Relations, International Reporting, Photojournalism, Political Rhetoric, Virtual Worlds and Social Media.

Great Britain


The University of East Anglia is located in Norwich, one of the oldest cities in the Britain, with a metropolitan population of 375,000. UEA has over 13,000 students. It is home to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, described by the Times University Guide as "perhaps the greatest resource of its type on any university campus." The collection combines works from famous western artists with fine and applied arts from around the globe. The university's research in communication, cultural, and media studies is ranked in the top three in the country. The program is offered for the fall and spring semesters and for a full academic year. Courses cover film studies, television studies, American studies, society, culture and media, and politics and media.

The University of Westminster is one of London's oldest educational institutions. The university is comprised of several different schools, with an undergraduate population of about 16,000 students from the UK and over 80 other countries. The School of Communication and Creative Industries is located on the Harrow campus, 30 minutes from the center of London and near a tube stop. In the British Government's official tables of teaching and research excellence, no University ranks higher in the field of Communication, Design and Media than the University of Westminster. This center of excellence is housed in a £30 million custom-built campus. The campus holds broadcast quality TV, radio, photography and music studios and computer facilities. The school has an orientation program for all international students. The program is offered for the fall and spring semesters and for a full academic year.

Courses offered in Animation, Art and media practice, Communications, Contemporary media practice, Film, Graphic Information Design Illustration, Imaging, Journalism, Management, Media Studies, Photography, Public Relations, Radio, Television.

Intensive Courses Abroad


The department currently offers ICAs as three-week research trips in May and June. Alternative Media and Culture in the Balkans, taught by Daniel Marcus (CMS) and Laura Burns (Art and Art History) explores work in video, film, media activism, digital culture, and cultural spaces that operate outside of the mainstream commercial cultural. Students meet with cultural producers and activists whose work engages social change, aesthetic experimentation, and innovative distribution in the recently independent nations of post-Yugoslavia. Film in Berlin, taught by Uta Larkey (Modern Languages and Literatures), explores the history of cinema in Germany's capital city through the dramatic changes of modern German history. Film in Israel (also taught by Prof. Larkey) uses a film festival held in Israel as a beginning point for an examination of national styles and the roles film plays in Israeli society. The department plans on offering additional ICAs in the future; consult with faculty for more information.

More Information


For more information about this and other study abroad opportunities, visit the Goucher College Office of International Studies Website.

Opportunities & Internships

Opportunities


The Quindecim (The Q)

The Quindecim, the Independent Student Newspaper of Goucher College, is published by Goucher students once every two weeks during the academic year, except during vacation and exam periods. The Quindecim online publishes new content daily at thequindecim.wordpress.com throughout the academic year. The publication was founded in 1913.

The Quindecim is distributed to over 1,400 students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and other members of the Goucher College community, and can be found at over 25 locations on campus, and throughout the Towson area.The Quindecim always wants students passionate about journalism, writing, business, advertising, design, photography, cartooning, social media, and multimedia. Please email quin@mail.goucher.edu expressing your interest to join the staff.

Goucher Radio Station

Located in the Athenaeum, the Goucher Radio Station serves as the home to DJ's and the nerve center for the GCSR community. Goucher College Student Radio continues to provide the campus with intelligent and creative programming and virtually unrestricted content. Listen live, 24/7 at www.goucher-radio.net!

Student Employment

To find on-campus employment especially suitable for communication and media studies students, please visit the Career Development Office.

Internship Program


The Department requires a 3-4 credit internship for all majors. Contact the Career Development Office for details of requirements and opportunities currently posted. CMS majors intern for a wide variety of companies, non-profit groups, and government agencies, during the school year and in the summer, in Baltimore and elsewhere. Companies listed below are just a sample of the organizations that have offered internships in the past.

Television Studios

FOX 45 NEWS
2000 W. 41st St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: 410-467-4545

Hands-on experience working with equipment, writing and recording your own stories. Extremely friendly staff; students are treated as peers, not interns.

WBAL Channel 11 (NBC)
3800 Hooper Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: 410-467-3000
Fax: 410 -338-6616

Field work with camera crews and news reporters, writing news stories. Internships are available in community relations, news, production, programming, promotions, and sports. Interview, work sample, cover letter, résumé, and college transcript required for application.

Black Entertainment Television Network Inc.
One BET Plaza
1235 W Street
Washington, DC 20018-121
Phone: 202-608-2169

Internship applications available online at the offical BET website.

Radio Stations

WIYY- 98 Rock
3800 Hooper Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: 410-889-0098
Fax: 410-675-7946
Contact: Jim Yates

Internships available include marketing, on air, production, programming, and promotions. Students assist the station promoters and on-air studio, as well as the production studio. This position is open to junior and seniors; marketing and journalism majors are preferred. Interview is required.

WRNR- 103.1 FM
112 Main St. 3rd floor
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-626-0103
Fax: 410-267-7634

For students interested in radio broadcasting; internships are available in editing, operations, productions, sales, and traffic reporting. All years are welcome. Interview required.

Public Relations Internships

Harrison Edwards Public Relations
51 Babbitt Road
New York, NY 10507
Phone: 914- 242-0010

Strong writing and communication skills needed, flexible personality and ability to multi-task. Smaller business, able to get to know co-workers well as well as clients.

Cole Communications
272 First Ave.
New York, NY 10009
Phone: 212-995-1415

Fast-paced, small firm that gives interns a lot of attention; students are assigned a lot of different tasks to do in many venues.

Advertising Internships

Horich Parks Lebow
5 Shawan Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
Phone:1-800-878-8989
Contact: Chip Hector, Partner/VP Operations chector@hpladv.com

Production Internships

Ed Reahl Productions
504 Baltimore Ave.
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: 410-823-5570

Overall view of the world of television production. Internship positions vary from year to year.

Groundbreaking Enterprises
P.O. Box 20301
Baltimore, MD 21284
Phone: 410- 574-3147

Enhances writing and video editing skills. Video production, tape duplications, and commercial work also available. Groundbreaking Enterprises produces "Community in Touch," which is a Baltimore-based television show that explores the variety of community-based organizations around the city.

Newspapers

The Washington Post
1150 15th St., N.W.,
Washington D.C. 20005
Phone: 202-334-6415
Contact: Judith Havemann, Director

Paid internships available in Metro, Style, Sports, and Business sections. There are also internships available in photojournalism, page design, and working the copy desk. Gain experience in one or more of these valuable skills: editing, reporting, photojournalism, and graphic design.

City Paper
812 Park Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-523-2300

Internships are available in editing and reporting. Interview and work sample are required for application. Duties include fact-checking articles for publication, assisting on research, and light clerical work.

Magazines

Popular Science
2 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-779-5339
Contact: Mariette DiChristina, Executive Director

Interns work as a part of the editorial staff doing editorial support, research and reporting, writing, and proof reading. This is internship pays $1,000 for 10 weeks. Students will gain experience in editing, reporting, research, photojournalism, production, graphic art, and electronic publishing.

A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Development Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship in communication and media studies should contact their individual academic advisers.