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Program Overview

Communication Studies focuses on history, content and impact of mass media and new, emerging media. Four crucial reasons for studying mass media:

  • Enormous influence on our culture and those around the world
  • Role in shaping our individual and collective identities (including our attitudes toward others)
  • Centrality to every day life, politics, the economy, and public policy
  • Impact on democratic institutions

Key elements of the major are:

  • Introductory classes taught by world-renowned faculty
  • Small, upper-level seminars examining a range of issues like impact of mobile communications, gender and media, media and public opinion, health and media, media and globalization, media effects on individuals and society
  • Emphasis on critical thinking and writing
  • Combining classroom training with internship opportunities in a variety of media-related fields
  • Opportunity to study abroad and to participate in our honors program
  • Opportunity to network with outstanding U-M alumni through our annual Alumni Connection and Entertainment Media Career Forum