Communications and Media Literacy
Nicole Barnett '11
"My teachers and advisor helped me understand my interests and how to translate them into an academic plan and, eventually, a career."
- Creative and engaging course work with real-world impact
- Skills and knowledge that are in high demand everywhere
- Diverse job opportunities in education, nonprofit, business, and government
- Enter into a rapidly expanding field as the role of media expands
- Applies media literacy and production to effect positive social change
- Provides a solid liberal arts foundation and a vital source of content material
- Combines a strong foundation in theory with technical skills and critical analysis
Mass media is one of the most powerful tools in use today-shaping our thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors. The ability to critically analyze, craft and deliver information using a variety of media-print, TV, radio, and the web-are important and highly marketable skills in fields ranging from education and non-profits to business and government.
The Media Literacy track is for students interested in careers working with children and families, where it will useful to educate youth to be media-literate. This track:
• Empowers you to understand and foster media literacy in a global context.
• Prepares you for work in schools, libraries, and non-profits.
The Production track is for students who aspire to a communications career requiring strong hands-on skills in content development and production for print, video, and digital media. This track:
• Offers internships for practical experience and access to the job market.
• Delivers a strong foundation in industry-standard software.
Through this major, you will learn about the power of media, become media literate, and learn how to create compelling communications to educate, inform, motivate, and mobilize people to promote positive change for children, families, and society. In addition to this Communications major, you can also choose to complete a professional major in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, or Social Work.
- See the full Course List for the Communications major.
- YWCA Boston's Youth Voice Collaborative
- Project: Think Different
- ICA Fast Forward Media Program
- Boston Center for Youth and Families
- Project HIP-HOP
- Community Art Center
- Boston Youth Organizing Project
- Youth Workers Alliance
- Media and Technology Charter High School
- Boston Public Schools
- TV and radio stations
Production Tools & Software You'll Learn
PC and Mac OS • Adobe Photoshop • Adobe InDesign • Final Cut Pro video editing • Motion 3D motion-graphic software • Reason digital music creation software • Protools sound engineering • Flash • Dreamweaver • scriptwriting • blogging and vlogging • video editing • digital music creation • sound editing • basic web design • speech writing • storyboarding • animation • camerawork • writing for video and the web • pre- and post-production for video and the web.
Potential Career Opportunities
Blogger • Community organizer • Conference producer • Librarian • Teacher • Public relations • Media educator • Political campaign worker • Peace Corps trainer • Customer relations • Youth advocate • Social worker • Corporate communication specialist • Digital media producer • Producer • New media coordinator • Flash designer • Documentary film maker • Interactive media producer • Copywriter • Social media manager • Video editor