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Media and Communications Program: Welcome

What is Mass Media & Communications?

No concept, no matter how brilliant, can succeed in the world without being properly portrayed. This is why written, verbal, and visual communication is at the heart of every industry. And this is why skilled communicators, who can relay not just the facts, but the vision of these ideas, are in such demand.

JWU’s four-year Media & Communication Studies (MCS) degree will equip you with the necessary tools and technological know-how to keep up with the ever-changing field of media communications. We give students a cutting-edge education in the latest media technologies to complement their informed, critical understanding of the history and theory of media.

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Industry Overview

Why Media & Communication Studies at JWU?

Home to the third-largest economy in the country, Denver is thriving! Its citizens contribute more public funding per capita than any other city in the United States. From its place in the news broadcasting Top 20 market, to a cutting-edge arts community, to its lively, independent film centers, Denver is an exciting, relevant community in which our students can learn an integrate themselves.

Hands-On Experience

Denver’s flourishing culture provides the backdrop and inspiration for many of your experiences at JWU, both in and out of the classroom. From your first term, you will be immersed in the life of the city as you take advantage of labs, events, speakers, and festivals, experiences that will benefit you regardless of the career path your MCS degree takes you.

In keeping with JWU’s long-standing commitment to experiential education, you will complete a media internship, which gives you the opportunity to apply theoretical, artistic, and technological approaches to real-world scenarios.

Christine Battista

Christine Battista, PhD

Associate Professor

Faculty Program Lead Media & Communications

Dr. Christine Battista received her Ph.D. in English, General Literature & Rhetoric at Binghamton University, New York, in 2011. Battista’a areas of scholarship include critical media studies, gender studies, environmental literature and ecocriticism, American literature, and postcolonial studies. Battista is the author of seven peer-reviewed scholarly publications, has presented at over a dozen professional conferences, and is the co-editor for a forthcoming book collection, Ecocriticism and Geocriticism: Overlapping Territories in Environmental and Spatial Literary Studies (Palgrave 2015).

Marketable Skills

As an MCS student, you will develop highly marketable skills in:

  • Interpersonal Communication (written and verbal)
  • Software:
    • In-Design
    • Illustrator
    • Premier
    • Photoshop
    • Dreamweaver
  • Website Project Management
  • Creative Marketing Strategies (social media)
  • Digital/Integrated Content
  • Research, content and news writing
  • Copy Editing