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Communication and Media Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies is designed for students who seek a generalist’s orientation to mass media. You will be encouraged to investigate all aspects of communication theory in order to develop a core of knowledge in communication and media studies.

Communication and media studies focuses on how people arrive at shared meanings via the interchange of messages. In other words, you will learn to effectively communicate in many different situations ranging from small interpersonal, business, family and cultural groups, or in any situation you may find yourself.

As a result, you will be equipped with the tools and knowledge to enter a variety of professions such as advertising, online media, radio, television, public relations, theater and the performing arts, government and politics, business, law, and social services.

Opportunities in South Florida

As an international media and business center, the Miami-South Florida region offers a myriad of internship opportunities for communication and media studies students. Several of our students have also worked in Washington, D.C., and our bilingual students have the opportunity to pursue internships at Spanish-language networks Telemundo and Univision, in addition to the advertising/public relations firms requiring communication in two languages.

Developing Highly Effective Communicators

Our courses draw on both the classical tradition as well as the contemporary behavioral sciences. The study itself originated from the older disciplines of rhetoric and public oration. But today, students in the program focus on messaging - whether oral or written - in the context of face-to-face communication.

The curriculum produces communicators who are highly effective at critically analyzing all forms of communication, thereby preparing them for life as enlightened citizens and professionals in a variety of career paths.

As a graduate of this major, you will have developed the following skills:

  • Communication Skills
    • Correspondent
    • Travel writer
    • Reviewer or critic
    • Blogger
  • Analytical and Research Skills
    • Web content provider
    • Public affairs analyst
    • Media consultant
  • Organizational Skills
    • Special events promoter
  • Interpersonal Skills
    • Media fundraiser
    • Lobbyist

For more information about our communication and media studies degree program, please contact communication@barry.edu.

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