Digital Communication (DC) is an interdisciplinary program in the Department of Communication and Media Studies supported by courses offered through CMS and the departments of Computer Science & Information Technology and Graphic Design and Visual Arts. Courses in the history, theory,and production of new media are complemented by internships both within the University and at companies related to the new media/communication industries, including Internet/Web content providers, traditional media companies (TV/film/radio), advertising agencies and public relations firms.
The DC program is directed towards students who wish to become leaders in creating the communication environment of the future and to those interested in the broader implications of communication technology, understanding the theory as well as the practice.
Much of what students experience is digitally mediated, and computer technology is a primary method of digital interaction. DC focuses on the macro social and ethical issues of digital communication, including social networking, policy making, data information privacy, intellectual property, moral agency, and the notion of a global community.
In both their professional and their personal lives, people will increasingly encounter two constants: communication and technology. The Digital Communication major prepares students for leadership in a variety of professions and careers in today’s cutting edge digital media environment.
The department encourages all Media Studies and Digital Communication majors to experience at least one internship before they graduate, and many majors complete two or three. Not only do students gain valuable experience but they receive academic credit for their internship learning experiences. In addition to completing internships at top corporate media outlets, some students choose to focus on community outreach and teacher training opportunities depending on their career goals and personal interests. Some of our students have held internships at the following companies: ABC News, Clear Channel Communications, ESPN, Live with Regis and Kelly, Teen Vogue Magazine.
Communication and Media Studies students have the opportunity to participate in a number of extracurricular activities on campus including departmental media organizations that allow them to apply their coursework outside the classroom and gain valuable hands-on experience in their field of study. The CMS student organizations produce news stories, publicity campaigns, magazines, and movies in addition to hosting events, taking field trips, and networking with industry professionals.
We offer many opportunities to challenge and enhance your education and skills, including:
- Studying Irish Cinema or Exploring Digital Photography in Ireland
- Creating a digital documentary photo essay of your Adventure in India
- Discovering European film in Luxembourg and traveling to film sites in great European cities
Digital Communication classes will be in the new Martire Business and Communications Center, which opened in spring 2015. This fully equipped facility is outfitted with to up-to-date multimedia production software and equipment, and will support SHU students, faculty, and the university as a whole, serving all academic and athletic departments. The Communications Center will develop partnerships with outside production companies to develop opportunities for current and former students.