Students in the Communications BA program will learn to use mass and social media to succeed in a business world dependent on management digital enterprises.
In our rapidly changing information age, graduates who possess a strong understanding of digital media have a tremendous advantage. Students in Lesley University’s Communications Program will learn about media criticism, new media technology, and professional media practice. Students in the undergraduate Communications degree program will 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, with which students 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 students earn academic credit, ensure that each student’s experiential learning is relevant to future career goals. With focuses including public speaking, video journalism, PR, and marketing, Lesley students graduate with experience that employers covet. Students 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, students have more opportunity to engage in challenging discussions with faculty and peers, refining their ability to differentiate truth from opinion.
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.
Beth J. Noël
Donna L. Halper
Associate Professor of Communications
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Internships provide you with off-campus opportunities in your field of interest. This is your opportunity to put into practice the skills and theories you will learn in the classroom. Learn more
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