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Journalism and Communication

Sample Classes You Might Take:

  • Media, Culture, and Globalization
  • Fundamentals of Digital Design
  • Introduction to Public Relations
  • Radio and Television News
  • Advertising Campaigns
  • International Mass Communication
  • Magazine and Feature Writing
  • Family Communication
  • Communication, Technology, and Society
  • New Directions in Digital Art

"I chose advertising as a major because I was looking for an academic experience where the learning was hands-on and my professors work or have worked in the field. Having professors with applicable experience prepares you for the work force once you have left CU. All of my advertising classes have been hands-on and engaging. We have speakers come and talk about their work. The best part is that our professors tell stories and give examples of what it is like to work on both the client side and the agency side. I love advertising because it is fast-paced, while still allowing you to be creative."

- Vince Moreschini. Advertising

What happened? Who did it? Why? Those are the questions you’re always asking. You don’t just want to know enough about a topic to satisfy your own curiosity, you want to help others understand it too. You relish communication with others – through whatever media – above almost anything else. And you’re the curious kind who always has to ask just a few more questions to get to the bottom of the story…You, my friend, are a journalist.

At CU-Boulder...

  • Small classes in a big-university setting provide students with the skills to excel in the job market, as well as the intellectual and conceptual background to help shape the future of both new and traditional media. The journalism program is a leader in applying the latest mass communication technology. Students learn digital video and audio recording and editing, new-media design, efficient strategies for conducting online research and how to create advertising using the latest software.

  • Hundreds of internship opportunities are available to CU-Boulder journalism and communication students. Each year, about 300 students perform media internships for credit, a number that doesn’t include the many others who do noncredit internships or volunteer work with student-run or local media.

  • Program faculty members have major-market experience in TV, radio, newspaper, magazine and advertising. Among the faculty are leading researchers on communication policy, technology and social change, media, religion and culture, marketing and visual communication, international media development, audience behavior and mass media law.

  • The Alliance for Technology, Learning, and Society (ATLAS) building provides a state-of-the art environment where students and faculty can seamlessly merge creative endeavors with the latest in digital technology It includes a two-story, 2,700- square-foot Black Box Studio performance space and a comprehensive broadcast television production studio.

  • CU Sports Mag is a student-run, half-hour, weekly televesion show that provides complete coverage on all CU sports. Students that join gain hands-on, professional experience in a creative and inclusive environment.

  • CU-Boulder's advertising program was named one of the country’s “renowned advertising programs” by the American Association of Advertising Agencies. Students in the creative track have also consistently taken home more awards than those at any other four-year university in the international One Show College Competition, the premier creative competition sponsored by New York’s One Club.

Programs and Majors

Journalism and Mass Communication Program

Advertising
Broadcast News
Broadcast Production
Media Studies
News-Editorial

College of Arts and Sciences

Communication
English
Film Studies (areas of concentration: Filmmaking, Critical Studies)
Linguistics
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Studio Arts (with emphasis in digital arts)

Technology, Arts, and Media (TAM) Minor
Certificate in Digital Media (CDM)
International Media Certificate (IMC)

Minor in Creative Writing, Linguistics