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Communication

WHY STUDY COMMUNICATION?

The study of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The field promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication. A large and diverse academic discipline, communication includes inquiry by humanists, social scientists and critical and cultural studies scholars. Graduates with communication degrees work in public relations, broadcasting, advertising, journalism, social media, and dozens of other careers.

  • Students develop the ability to develop their skills and to practice conducting independent research in their area of choice in the field of communication.
  • Students learn the skills to complete a senior thesis or project that serves as an invaluably strong preparation for professional challenges and advanced graduate work.
  • Students work one-on-one with production instructors and have direct access to film and editing equipment.
  • Students write media style work that often appears in campus publications and on the college’s web site, as well as in local media. Professors provide individualized, one-on-one writing instruction for writing emphasis courses taught in the discipline.
  • Students integrate classroom learning with practice by working directly with members of the local communities in service learning organizations and through supervised internships in different areas of communication.
  • Students have the opportunity to take a communication course abroad with department faculty to develop greater intercultural competence in an increasingly complex world.
  • Students develop their public and group presentation skills in almost all communication courses at MBC. Our students practice what we teach — the art of public speaking — and get supportive instruction in this vital skill.