I’d like to personally welcome you to the Roy H. Park School of Communications, an exceptional environment where access to creative tools, contemporary professional environments, intellectual rigor, and outstanding teaching combine to nurture tomorrow's communication leaders and creative artists.
Of course, we hope you’ll visit us in person as well as ‘virtually’. You’ll be inspired by the talent and energy that’s apparent as you walk through the halls: Professors and students collaborating on creative projects and engaged in lively debates in classes. Students energetically meeting deadlines in our newspaper office, doing shifts on our radio stations, and setting up our TV studios for their own cable shows. Labs where advertising pitches, multimedia games, and websites are being developed for national competitions and class projects. Display cases of student awards and faculty books and productions. Engineers helping students to check out and set up hundreds of thousands of dollars of production and post-production gear. Distinguished alumni running mini-courses and critiquing student portfolios. Our assistant dean and director of professional development working one-on-one with students to plan study at our New York City or Los Angeles programs, land internships and jobs, and select electives and minors. And you’d be escorted on a tour led by one of our enthusiastic Dean’s hosts.
Until then, please take some time to investigate this website. You’ll see that in the Park School, we can help you achieve breadth and depth in your communications education. From day one, you’ll start out with courses in your major, including hands-on production, theory, aesthetics, and strategy. We have more majors and concentrations “under one roof” than any other undergraduate communications school: TV-radio, cinema, photography, international communications, scriptwriting, documentary studies, corporate communication, instructional technology, journalism, advertising/PR and marketing communications, and emerging media. While you’ll focus on one of these areas, you’ll rub shoulders with talented peers in other majors and you can collaborate on projects, select one or more minors, and see how all of these creative and strategic disciplines come together.
Ithaca is a magnificently beautiful and inspiring place to live, and IC as an institution is just the right size and configuration to provide a remarkable educational experience. We're small enough to know you. Big enough to challenge you. Diverse enough to stretch you. The courses and activities outside of the Park School will give you the kind of education that allows you to create a full and rich life both professionally and personally – and to have something important to SAY.
We've been in the communications education business for more than 50 years, not only adapting to, but leading the changes in our remarkable field. Will you join us in that journey? I hope that you'll seize the opportunity to have the same exceptional experience that I had when I was student here (I earned my bachelor’s degree in TV-Radio some decades ago!).
I look forward to meeting you.
Diane Gayeski, Ph.D.
Dean, Park School of Communications