Communication Studies focuses upon the ways in which culture communicates information through book, newspaper, memo, telephone, radio, television and cinema, computer, Internet and fiber optics, conversation, and conference in order to help students determine their relationship to the world and understand the information society in which they live.
Communication Studies is both theoretical and practical. Students are expected to understand a set of interlocking concerns: how institutions shape the message and how people interpret the message; the possibilities and the limits of particular media; the influence of culture upon communication technologies; and the effects of technological change upon society as a whole. Additionally, students are expected to manage the tools of their discipline: computers, video, radio, print, and spoken discourse.
The Communication Studies Program is divided into three tracks, Public Relations and Advertising, Media Production, and General Media Studies. In Public Relations and Advertising, students learn multifaceted aspects of the field and how to strategically manage, design, and disseminate effective messages to target audiences. The Media Production concentration focuses upon behind-the-scenes skills and offers students a more hands-on approach to learning the media production field. The General Media Studies courses provide a theoretical understanding of the field and allow students to critically analyze media. The program also offers core courses in communication theory and writing and requires students to enroll in a seminar and participate in an internship. In the seminars and internships, students will synthesize the knowledge and methodologies they have learned in all three program areas.
- B.A. in Communication Studies, General Media Studies
- B.A. in Communication Studies, Public Relations
- B.A. in Communication Studies, Media Production
To view the Course Schedule by term, click here.
See the Catalog of Courses for complete descriptions of course offerings.
For detailed curriculum information, please refer to the Academic Bulletin.
Top Five Reasons to Study Communication Studies at Stockton
- Communication Skills
Communication Studies is a growing and rewarding field of study. Communication Studies at Stockton is a dynamic multidisciplinary program exploring a wide range of interests in contemporary global and popular culture, including radio and television, advertising and public relations, digital communication, film and cinema, visual communication, international communication and more. The thread that runs through all of our tracks, and hence the tie that binds the program, is
the dual premise that a Stockton Communication Studies graduate should be able to: 1) Critically interrogate media messages from a variety of angles, and 2) Produce effective media messages in a variety of contexts. These two premises
underscore the core classes that all of our majors are required to take. The specific applications of these premises are honed in the track-specific curricula.
- Adapting to Change
Our program prepares students for careers in diverse fields. In recent years, our alumni have gone on to work at The Press of Atlantic City, ESPN, MTV, Clear Channel Radio, Equity Communication, Suasion Communications Group, NBC40 WMGM-TV, and a host of other companies.
- Program Competence
A collection of scholars, artists, and media professionals, Communication Studies Program faculty are engaged in developing a rigorous program of study in the liberal arts tradition. The program strives for graduates who are able to think critically about media messages, and to apply varied and interrelated media studies concepts (including media literacy, critical media analysis, cultural studies, media writing, and media production) toward the effective production media messages.
- Teamwork & Collaboration
Our students get hands-on experience right on campus, with opportunities to participate in Stockton Student Television (SSTV), the Stockton radio station (WLFR, 91.7 FM), the Community TV Partnership, and Stockton’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). They also gain real-world production experience interning for companies such as CNN, MTV, and NBC; they gain PR experience working for various local politicians and also with various PR firms.
- Creativity & Innovation
Our students work with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, such as our HDTV Studio.
Qualified students may be assisted in obtaining pre-professional experiences in their fields of interest by means of internship opportunities with local and regional corporate, media, and nonprofit organizations. The proximity of Stockton University to Atlantic City and Philadelphia and major radio, TV and print media markets makes possible internship opportunities in the media and in other areas, such as public relations, advertising, and promotions for commercial, political and/or social programs and events. Students can also opt for an on-campus internship with the university radio station, WLFR, the Community TV Partnership Internship, the Program Newsletter & Social Media Internship, or the Editing Internship, and can gain handson journalism experience through internships with the Atlantic City Press Students can also get involved with our award-winning PRSSA chapter, host their own radio show with WLFR, participate in the creation of student films through SSTV, gain hands on TV production experience in our HD TV studio, and contribute to Stockton University’s student-run newspaper, The Argo.
WLFR 91.7 FM has been in operation for more than 30 years! We take pride in our diversity of music and shows and strive to bring you programming not found on commercial stations. Students can participate in the WLFR Internship to gain handson experience on the air as well as behind the scenes. Students will also learn about the day-to-day operations of a radio station. WLFR can be found on the web at www.wlfr.fm.
SSTV is a dynamic campus presence that promotes the activities of Stockton University. The station follows the television industry model in the creativity and breadth of its programming as it serves the specific needs of the University community. SSTV produces original content that informs, entertains, and enriches viewers. Students learn television production, engage in media management activities, and gain experience as on-air talent.
Stockton’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter was established
in May 2013. Since that time, under the guidance of Dr. Ai Zhang, Stockton’s PRSSA
chapter has become a powerhouse, providing a range of professional enrichment and
community engagement opportunities. Each year, PRSSA students organize a series of
successful events including industry tours, guest speakers, workshops, career and
alumni panels, and large-scale networking events.These events have helped quickly
establish Stockton PRSSA as a strong organization on campus, in the community, and
of the national body. PRSSA students also have the
opportunity to participate in national conferences. PRSSA is open to all Communication Studies students, and students across campus.
Spring 2019 Edition
- Dr. Christina Morus on COMMUnity
- President Kesselman talks COMM
- COMM Awards
- Club Updates
- COMM through the years