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Communication Studies

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Share Your Story in Our Global, Digital World

You are creative and have a flair for expressing yourself. Now, you want to take it to the next level. You want a degree and a University that can build your skills to communicate effectively in a global, digital world. By majoring in Communication Studies, you will have the versatility to communicate across multiple platforms that are in high demand by today's employers.

If you like public speaking or podcasting, writing and reporting, creating a documentary film, hosting your own radio show or learning how to be an indispensable public relations professional, your Communication Studies major can take you far. And your professional portfolio of print, broadcast and digital communication work will help cut through the clutter of the entry-level job market.

What You Will Study

The Communications Studies curriculum deepens your understanding and effectiveness of communication and communication channels through theory, ethics and direct learning opportunities.

You can tailor your major to fit your interests by choosing a concentration in electronic media, journalism, public relations/advertising or general speech. In each concentration, you will work on projects that enhance your skills and interests.

Study Your Area of Interest!

Digital Media

Featuring classes in:

  • News Writing & Reporting
  • Digital Video Production
  • Sports Writing
  • Documentary Film Production

PR/Advertising

Featuring classes in:

  • Principles of Public Relations
  • Political Campaign Communication
  • Sports Information

Rhetoric/Communication

Featuring classes in:

  • Persuasion
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Theories of Listening Behavior
  • Argumentation

Undergraduate Programs

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    Major - Communication Studies

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts
    Major: Communication Studies

    The communications studies curriculum deepens your understanding and effectiveness of communication and communication channels through theory, ethics and direct learning opportunities. You can tailor your major to fit your interests by choosing a focus area in electronic media, journalism, public relations/advertising or general speech. 

    To obtain this undergraduate degree, you must fulfill the requirements of the University core curriculum, the requirements for the 36-credit-hour program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.

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    Minor - Multimedia Journalism

    The multimedia journalism minor gives students a solid foundation for succeeding in the field of journalism. The minor produces graduates who are multifaceted in their skills and prepared for entry-level positions with media outlets. It also offers expertise to students who hope to pursue careers in other disciplines that intersect with the media, such as business, law, English, history, political science and education. The minor requires 18 credits and the submission of a portfolio at the completion of the courses.

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    Minor - Sports Communication

    The sports communication minor gives students a solid foundation for succeeding in the growing field of multimedia sports journalism and sports information/media relations. The minor produces graduates who are prepared for entry-level sports positions with media outlets and with the media relations departments of professional teams and collegiate athletic departments. It also offers expertise to students who hope to pursue sports-related careers in other disciplines, such as business, law, English, history and education. The minor requires 18 credits and the submission of a portfolio at the completion of the courses.

     

Alumni

Whether you are planning to work in TV news, like Nina Carter’13 at Fox 23 in Tulsa, working for a major newspublication like Michael Martinez '12, at Crain's Detroit Business, or working for an online news source, like Ian Thibodeau ’14, at MLive.com, you will develop strong communication skills that allow you to share your ideas across all of today’s media platforms. Even if you don’t want to work directly in these fields, the skills you learn with your degree in communication studies at University of Detroit Mercy are applicable to any business. Just ask people like Alice Arutoff, ’11, at Ford Motor Company, Scheherazode Burton ’12, at Quicken Loans, or Cody Grant ’12, at Strategic Staffing Solutions.

Applied Learning

Internships

Detroit is a great American city on the rise. Frequently projects include organizations involved with the rebirth of the city. While internships, externships and other opportunities vary each year, you will have plenty of opportunities to apply what you have learned in class in real-world settings. Our students have gained experience working at organizations including: The Detroit News, Crain's Detroit Business, Strategic Staffing Solutions and local TV stations

The Varsity News

For more than nine decades, The Varsity News has captured the pulse of our campuses. The student-run newspaper began publishing in 1918 and continues to this day. Opportunities abound for reporters, editors, digital publication and social media promotion. Check out issues at TheVarsityNews.net.

Detroit Mercy Radio

Detroit Mercy Radio creates a boundless platform of possibilities to express yourself, share opinions, host your own radio show, build a portfolio of podcasts and even produce a radio show. Opportunities are available each semester.

Meet Our Faculty

Vivian Dicks, Ph.D., J.D.
Professor & Department Chair

Joseph Abisaid, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Cynthia Langham, M.A.
Associate Professor

Jason Roche, M.A.
Associate Professor

Tom Stanton, M.A.
Associate Professor


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