You are encouraged to develop your overall writing and storytelling skills across media platforms ranging from digital media, television, and audio production. You will learn how to engage your audience in powerful ways through journalism, public relations, or entertainment.
You can choose a number of courses in the foundation and in deciding on one or more concentrations. MassTransfer Pathways lets you see how easy it is to get the most out of your transfer credits from other schools.
You will be making media from your very first classes. The skills you gain will prepare you for a variety of rewarding internship opportunities, many of which can lead directly to jobs in digital media, journalism, PR, and television production. A number of scholarships specifically for Communications students are also available.
Our major emphasizes hands-on experience that you can gain in a wide variety of academic and professional settings including the college radio station (WJJW), the television and video studio (Beacon Web News (BWN)) and AVID editing suite, a digital production lab for film studies, the award-winning student newspaper (The Beacon), and our student literary magazine (Spires).
All majors take the following eight courses.
TOTAL FOUNDATION COURSES 24 cr
Beyond the foundation courses shared by everyone, you select a concentration. Discuss with your adviser which concentration best meets your interests, talents, and career goals. Many students get the most out of their education and best position themselves for career success by choosing one or more concentrations or minors.
Finally, you complete your major with additional courses that broaden your preparation. Working closely with your adviser, you choose the electives that enrich your qualifications for such career paths as digital media, journalism, media design, public relations (corporate and not-for-profit), advertising, radio or television production, technical writing, consumer relations, editing, politics, law, teaching, insurance, real estate, and many more.
For example, if you have a concentration in Digital Media Innovation, you might choose:
Your choice of electives should follow a coherent plan, reflecting your career goals, and broadening your exposure to the field.
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The Beacon is the weekly student newspaper of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Beacon Web News (BWN) is the weekly student news broadcast of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Spires is MCLA's student-run Literary Arts Magazine. In addition to our online platform, students publish a high quality print issue of the journal every spring semester.
WJJW (91.1 FM) is the radio station for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. We feature a wide variety of programming, 7 days a week, from hip-hop, comedy, vaporwave, folk, metal, and more!
Mei Craig '22 and Isabel Costa '21 spent the summer reporting on the Berkshires with the Greylock Glass, covering everything from local businesses to performing arts to agriculture.
On her way to achieve her goal of a career in television broadcasting, Shadea Blyther ’16 headed to New York City, N.Y., where she works as a writer and an editor for Bronze Magazine. “I feel like this is the start. I am happy where I am for now, and will keep moving forward.”
As part of Dr. Rosanne Denhard’s “Arts of Medieval & Renaissance Britain” class, students explored landmark sites, visited art galleries and museums, and took in theatrical productions. “England was overall just an amazing experience,” said Michael Masley Hannett ’19. “I learned about another culture far more than I could have in a textbook or from a website.”