What can you do with a C & C degree?
The Culture and Communication degree is a critical studies BA degree with an interdisciplinary, liberal arts orientation that allows students to experience critical studies courses across all six schools and divisions. It provides excellent preparation for graduate school, whether law school, advanced degrees in business, or MA/PHD programs in a range of critical studies areas. Moreover, as the largest US export, the information/entertainment/cultural sector is not only global, but is trans-industrial, trans-disciplinary, and constantly changing and adapting. It includes the profit and the non-profit organizations. With a degree in Culture and Communication, you have enormous preparation and wide-ranging opportunities to navigate a career with agility and to quickly adapt to this new international communication environment as a film producer, an arts curator, a film programmer, a journalist, an advertising account executive, a record producer, a critic, a non-profit arts administrator, a media executive, a public relations executive, a media relations specialist, a writer, a development officer, a fundraiser, a grant writer, a political campaign specialist, an entertainment lawyer, a gaming industry analyst, labor organizer, or a stock broker. But remember, this degree focuses on jobs of the future, not of the past, so there's no telling what your title might be in 15, 10, or even just 5 years! And jobs of the future require analytical thinking, excellent research and writing skills, and a talent for crossing all kinds of borders, whether they be industries, nations, media, ideas, or organizations. That’s the most important experience you'll get as a C&C major.
Is C & C in Park?
The Culture and Communication degree is housed in the School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S), not the Roy H. Park School of Communications. Degree programs that include courses from across the schools and divisions at the College are housed in this area. Courses and faculty from the Park School contribute to the degree, and students have access to critical studies courses across all departments in Park. Seats in production and newswriting courses are occasionally available but are not a required part of this degree program.
What's the difference between C & C and Speech Communication?
The two degrees share courses, faculty and research areas. The difference is simple: the Speech Communication degree, like the degrees in the Park School, provides a vertical experience of one discipline, medium or area of study. The Culture and Communication degree is organized around a horizontal experience that spans the schools and divisions at the college, connecting culture with communication.
How is proficiency in a second language defined?
Culture and Communication majors are required to complete a foreign language through the intermediate level or to demonstrate equivalent proficiency as part of their degree requirements. This may require up to four courses, depending on
initial placement in language of interest.
Are students required to study abroad?
C and C students are not required to study abroad, but because of the flexibility of the degree, the language requirement, and international focus of the division and the courses, a very large percentage of our students take advantage of the myriad of opportunities for study abroad on virtually every continent. Our students have studied in London, Australia, Singapore, Uganda, South Africa, Czech Republic, and Senegal. Some current majors are planning to study in India, Nepal, Argentina, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, China, France, and Thailand.
The degree requires a minor. Are there any restrictions on minors?
There are no restrictions on minors. Culture and Communication students can select a minor from any of the six schools and divisions at the college. Or, they can develop their own minor (called a cognate area) in consultation with their mentor and with approval of the Culture and Communication program coordinator.
Can you explain the areas of inquiry?
The areas of inquiry provide the student with a more in depth focus into different aspects of culture and communication. Students select one area of inquiry, usually by the end of the sophomore year. Media and Culture Studies focuses on mass and popular culture, combining cultural studies and social science. Visual and Cinema Studies focuses more on fine arts, combining aesthetics, history, and criticism. International and Intercultural Communication focuses on social and political perspectives. Organizational Culture and Technology combines social theories with analysis of technology and business practices.
Are there any campus activities related to C & C?
C and C sponsors an artist and scholar in residence program which features intensive immersion through lectures, screenings, intimate master classes and workshops, and mentoring sessions. We sponsor the First Friday’s discussion series. Each semester, we host the C and C Lecture, delivered by one of our steering committee or affiliated faculty. And DIIS is the home of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Legal Studies, CSCRE, and the Gerontology Institute, all of which sponsors special events for majors and minors.
What are the faculty like?
The Steering Committee of C and C is composed of faculty representatives from each of the following departments: Speech Communication, Organizational Communication, Learning and Design, Television/Radio and Cinema and Photography. Check out our website, where you can read all about them.
Where is C & C on campus?
The Dean’s Office is on the third floor of Job Hall, but the C and C program spans the entire campus. As a horizontal degree program, it’s located everywhere: in your faculty mentor’s office, in special lectures, in C and C courses in the major, in DIIS events and special symposia, and anywhere our majors and minors gather for lively intellectual exchange and debate about ideas, concepts, books, media, organizations, or campus events.