As communication technology becomes increasingly digital, interactive, and pervasive, so does the need for its citizens and workforce to be able to communicate across a range of media, genres, and cultural contexts. UMBC’s Media and Communication Studies program represents an exciting and interdisciplinary response to this need. The program offers majors a critical and practical understanding of the dynamic and complex changes in communication, culture, and knowledge, within a traditional rigorous liberal arts emphasis on reading, writing, and reflection.
The Bachelor of Arts and Certificate in Media and Communication Studies emphasize critical media literacy, intercultural communication, and new media and applied communication. Programs emphasizing communication skills, a critical understanding of the media, and the use of relevant new technologies are crucial to the education of students entering the communities and workplaces of the 21st century. Internships and capstone projects are critical components of the curriculum.