Communication Studies

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Department Chair
Cynthia A. Langham
langhac@udmercy.edu
313-993-1697

Two students working with audio equipmentShare 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.

Students filming an interview on McNichols CampusWhat 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 focus area in digital media, advertising and public relations or rhetoric and communication theory. In each area, you will work on projects that enhance your skills and interests.

Boundless Future

2020-30 Media and Communication Occupations faster than averageDetroit Mercy's Communications Studies program is the start of your boundless future. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook can provide you with the latest information on career growth and salary. Demand for media and communication occupations is expected to arise from the need to create, edit, translate, and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms. Employment of media and communication occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics and explore the career options under the categories of "Arts and Design," "Entertainment and Sports" and "Media and Communication" occupations.

Whether you are planning to work in TV news, like Nina Carter ’13 at Discovery Communications, or for a major news operation like Michael Martinez '12 at Automotive News, or Ian Thibodeau ’14 of the Detroit News, you will develop strong communication skills that allow you to share your ideas across all of today’s platforms.

The skills you learn with your degree in communication studies at University of Detroit Mercy are applicable to any business. Just ask alumni Alice Riley ’11 of Ford Motor Company, Jenna Daniel ’17 of Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce or China Haley ’10 of Crain Communications.

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Study Your Area of Interest!

Digital Media

  • News Writing & Reporting
  • Digital Production
  • Social Media
  • Documentary Film Production

PR/Advertising

  • Principles of Public Relations
  • Social Media Strategies
  • Public Relations Writing
  • Advertising Campaigns

Rhetoric/Communication

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Social Responsibility
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Small Group Communication

Learn More About Communication Studies

Department of Communication Studies Overview
Associate Professor of Communication Studies Jason Roche talks through what you will learn in communication studies at Detroit Mercy.

Student Projects

The Rise and Fall of U of D's Football Team

Directed and edited by John Weglarz, a double major in communication studies and cybersecurity, for CST 4120 Documentary Film Production.

Detroit Mercy students in CST 4070: Professional Seminar Advertising and Public Relations share the valuable lessons they received by working for an actual client.

CST 4100 Electronic Music Production

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    Student Music Samples

    Aly Porcerelli

    Aly Porcerelli -  used (mp3)

    "I was inspired to make this song because I feel like being taken advantage of by someone you trusted is sadly quite a relatable situation. I aim to talk about raw and emotional topics in my music and to try to make people realize they're not alone." — Aly Porcerelli, business major

    Evan Graham (DJ EG)

    Evan Graham (DJ EG) -  Where it Gon Go (mp3)

    "I am a music producer from Warren, MI. For the music world, I can be referenced to as DJ EG. All music genres interest me, but most of my enjoyment and influence flows from indie, rap and dance music. It is a unique blend, but I believe that varying influences from different genres make for a new and interesting sound to be conceptualized. The goal of my song is to create something that people can turn up and have fun to. I want a positive energy and I think I captured that. Dance music seems to be all-encompassing and this track attempts to appeal to everyone. Everyone can listen to this and want to dance!" —Evan Graham, economics major

    Steven Anthony (Butkowski)

    Steve Anthony (Butkowski) - All Those Yesterdays (mp3)

    "My name is Steve Anthony (Butkowski) and I have been producing electronic music in Detroit for over 20 years. This song is a tribute to the heart and soul of Detroit music and life in a simpler time - before the internet and social media. This song is also my final project for CIS 4100 and is a culmination of all my years of music production experience and was an exciting journey outside of my musical comfort zone. I am honored to have had the ability to do this project with purely electronic means. Through the same things that bring you techno, modern R&B, pop and other forms of electronic dance music, I hoped to capture an older sound and vibe via this newer medium. Thank you for listening." —Steve Anthony (Butkowski), bachelor of science in computer & information systems with a major in cybersecurity

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 120 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.

Students and Alumni

Allison Falk '22

Allison Falk '22,
communication studies major

"With my communication studies professors' guidance, I was able to get an internship that fit into my major. If you are interested in gaining experience from an internship they will reach out and make connections. They are constantly extending a helping hand to assist."

Alexis Fleming

Alexis Fleming,
communication studies major

"Transferring to a new environment is always hard, but my transition to Detroit Mercy has been amazing. The professors are kind, understanding and they push you to reach your highest potential. My previous school did not provide the small class sizes, the camera equipment or the creative space to grow in the communications field. Since I began my journey here, I have maintained a high GPA, and have had an internship at WDIV Local 4. The experience was amazing I was able to do interviews and learn about everything that goes on behind the scenes. COVID interrupted some things with my internship, however I continued to work from home and do my best to represent the communications department here. The opportunities this University has provided for me have been endless and I love it here.”

Kara Wolfbauer

Kara Wolfbauer,
communication studies major

Throughout my first two years as a communications major I have already learned several life skills that will be crucial for my future endeavors. Whether it be through news writing, speech or video production, I learned how to effectively communicate messages to a particular audience. My communications degree will set the foundation for the rest of my life, and I am forever grateful for the education the professors at University of Detroit Mercy provided me with so far."

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. Tune in and learn more at Detroit Mercy Radio.

Faculty

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Cynthia A. Langham
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
* Department Chair, Communication Studies
313-993-1697
langhac@udmercy.edu

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Jason Roche
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
313-993-1092
rochejj@udmercy.edu


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