You'll get immediate exposure to your major while opening up a world of new opportunities.
In your first semester, you'll jump into your selected major, taking courses that explore the history, theory, and the actual hands-on professional skills in your field. You'll be taught by our most experienced professors who are experts in the field and experts in teaching. You'll be in small classes where they and your classmates know your name and probably also get to know what you like to eat for breakfast! We have small, collegial, and collaborative learning spaces where you'll be challenged to develop your voice, all of your communications skills, and your intellect. You'll have access to all of our facilities—unlike at big universities, where many of the professors, equipment, and spaces are only for master's or doctoral students. Check out our gear!
You'll dive into your major—but you won't be pigeon-holed. Because we have 10 different degrees and nine minors all under one roof, you'll be able to check out areas you may never even have considered, such as the following:
- designing and producing immersive live events;
- developing simulations, 3D animations, or data visualizations to communicate complex information;
- promoting social causes using social and digital media;
- writing stories that can be told across media platforms—from films to streaming series to video games;
- finding your voice as a television, radio, or podcast host or producer, a play-by-play sports announcer, or an on-camera news anchor; and
- learning what it's like to be a talent agent, a social media analytics expert, a news producer, or a crisis communications consultant... the list goes on.
In your first semester, you'll also take a one-credit class called S'Park, where you'll hear from alumni across generations and careers—from Disney Chairman Bob Iger to an alum who just graduated a few months ago, so you can learn what it's really like to work in various fields. You'll develop a four-year academic plan as well as your networking skills and online professional presence. To round out your first semester, you'll get to choose an Ithaca Seminar and one or two electives across the entire college that pique your interests. Many students choose a minor (or even double major) from over 100 programs, including women's and gender studies, psychology, marketing, environmental studies, politics, or a language. You'll have a dedicated first-year adviser and a group of helpful peer advisers you can drop in to see as you navigate your courses and academic decisions. If you decide you want to change your major within the Park School, you just fill out a quick online form.