In the Communications BA program, you'll learn to use mass and social media to thrive in a business world with a growing need for a technologically savvy and digitally fluent workforce.
In our rapidly changing information age, graduates who possess a strong understanding of digital media have a tremendous advantage. In Lesley University’s Communications Program, you will learn about media criticism, new media technology, and professional media practice. You will also learn to think critically and conduct thorough research in order to support your ability to create clear, concise, and compelling communications.
Lesley’s Communications curriculum embraces a comparative media studies perspective, through which you will learn the importance of integrating media platforms to effectively deliver messages.
Few areas are better suited to the study of communication than the cities of Cambridge and Boston, which together comprise one of the top ten media markets in the United States.
Internships, for which you'll earn academic credit, ensure that your experiential learning is relevant to your future career goals. With focuses including public speaking, video journalism, PR, and marketing, you will graduate with experience that employers covet.
You will learn from a distinguished faculty of authors, critics and media members who enhance theoretical instruction with their own real world experiences. With an average class size of 16–20, you'll have ample opportunity to engage in challenging discussions with faculty and peers, refining your ability to differentiate truth from opinion and to craft compelling arguments and messages.
In this course, students will have an opportunity to develop new perspectives on media. They will learn to critique, to evaluate, and to analyze such media as print, radio, television, and recorded music. By reading essays from media scholars and critics, and watching classic videos, commercials, and episodes of TV shows, students will learn to deconstruct media products, and identify media messages. Specific topics include: how "popular culture" is created and by whom; what role advertisers play in construction of media messages; what a "dominant discourse" is and how it is created; the possibility of being "media literate" today; and the validity of some of the common criticisms directed at "the media." Students will also examine how new technology--including the internet and the blogosphere--has changed the way information is understood and disseminated.
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Communications major Harrison Ford and English major Sam Trevino share their experiences as editorial interns at Boston's weekly alternative news publication, DigBoston.Learn more