Culture and Communication (B.A.)

Curious as to how the images, stories, songs, organizations, media, and technologies created by different global communities can define a culture? If so, our B.A. in culture and communication may be the right major for you.

The program is based on the links between two intellectual premises: our cultural assumptions inform and shape our ability to communicate; and communication is the process through which culture is created, modified, and challenged. To better understand the relationship between these two ideas, you’ll study communicative and cultural practice from a wide variety of perspectives from across the College.

This interdisciplinary program draws primarily from the curricula in Communication Studies, Television-Radio, Cinema and Photography, and Communication Management and Design, as well as departments in all five schools at the College. Majors must complete six core courses including one foundation course for each area of inquiry, satisfy the requirements for a minor in a complementary field, achieve foreign language proficiency, and fulfill the requirements of one of the four areas of inquiry: visual and cinema studies, international/intercultural communication, media and cultural studies, and organizational culture and technology. In addition to your work with the four sponsoring faculties, you’ll take courses in a variety of areas, including English, art history, theater arts, Web development, sociology, business, modern languages and literature, music, and health policy studies.

Study isn’t limited to the classroom. Students will learn the critical thinking, research, and writing skills necessary to tell the stories that matter to them. Faculty members serve as mentors to students eager to take charge of their own learning. You’ll also be encouraged to study abroad to better understand how other cultures communicate.

This multidisciplinary curriculum provides students with a host of diverse and easily transferable skills. The major and minor not only help prepare students for an increasingly complex global culture, but open up a wide, flexible range of options not limited to one communications enterprise or graduate area of study. The culture and communication program is oriented toward jobs of the future, not of the past.