Communications and Media Concentration

Communication and Media Program

Marylhurst University offers a unique, career-focused program in Communication and Media. The program is a concentration within our broader B.A. in Liberal Studies degree. This means you combine interdisciplinary methods and insights from art, economics, media & film studies, history, and the social sciences in order to examine the relation between our historical past and the increasingly globalized and digital world we currently inhabit.

Coursework is rooted in theory and practice, which means you will learn effective written and verbal communication skills, critical thinking, creative problem solving, ethical advocacy, and multicultural competence. The objective is to better understand the complex and interconnected world through the ubiquitous lens of media and a diverse set of communication skills. As reported by the National Association for Colleges and Employers, verbal and written communication are among the top skills sought by today’s employers.

Students benefit from professional development opportunities, including internships and senior project work, which prepare them for a range of job opportunities.

Earn your bachelor’s in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Communication and Media. 

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Communication and Media Curriculum & Degree Requirements

To earn your Bachelor of Art in Liberal Studies from Marylhurst with a Communications and Media concentration, you complete 180-quarter credits (through a combination of courses and by transferring in credits). The degree requirements feature three main areas:

Communications & Media Focus

60 Credits

While studying media in its cultural, historical, social, political, and aesthetic contexts, develop the communication and analytical skills essential for effective society engagement within interpersonal and global environments. Benefit from hands-on internship experience and enhance your knowledge and skills in media literacy, critical thinking, creative problem solving, ethical advocacy, and multicultural competence. As a graduate, you will understand the fundamental principles, concepts, and approaches in communication and media studies and find yourself prepared to lead effective work across different modes of communication.

Marylhurst Core

40 Credits

Gain applied liberal art skills in inquiry, critical thinking, writing, problem-solving and leadership through Marylhurst Core coursework. The Marylhurst Core is a series of classes focused on helping you become an informed citizen capable of understanding our complex world in complex ways. You will take courses from the following categories:

  • Analytical and Applied Learning
  • Academic Skills and Foundations
  • Core Values
  • Critical Reflection and Integrative Learning

General Electives

80 Credits

Select courses outside of Communication and Media from Marylhurst’s diverse undergraduate programs to broaden and further customize your education to your career goals. This is where most students fine-tune their program and take courses that further enhance their degrees.

Because Marylhurst University is a degree completion institution, most MU students transfer in credit either from previous four-year institutions or from a community college to finish their major courses with us. On average, a typical MU student transfers in enough credits to meet the 76 general elective requirement.

Transfer Your Previous College Credit

Marylhurst University studentsThe majority of Marylhurst’s incoming students transfer in college credit from either community colleges or another four-year institution. The average credits transferred is about 45-to-50 credits and most students enter the university with the majority of their MU Core requirements completed. At Marylhurst, the average time to complete the B.A. in Liberal Studies and Communication and Media coursework is three years.

Marylhurst is a degree completion institution meaning most of our students enter our university with some previous college credit; saving time and financial resources necessary to earn a degree.

B.A.S. in Liberal Studies Option

If you hold an Associate’s of Applied Science (A.A.S.) or have earned vocational or technical credit, you have the option of completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Liberal Studies to leverage the technical skills you learned in community college.

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Careers in Communication and Media

Students earning a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies develop and apply rigorous and professionally relevant liberal arts knowledge and skills to become better thinkers, decision makers and leaders in a wide variety of careers or in Flexible courses - Marylhurst Universityfurther study.

Marylhurst’s graduates with a concentration in Communication and Media will find themselves prepared for successful communication careers or advanced study in business, government, social and human services, public relations, marketing, coaching and human performance consulting. Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in communication and media related fields will increase by four percent in the next decade. That means more than 27,000 new jobs. A bachelor’s degree is required in most communication occupations, and the median income is just over $52,000 a year.

Communication and Media Degree: Sample Job Titles

A communication degree can lead toward diverse careers and job titles including:

  • Marketing/communications assistant
  • Digital marketing strategist
  • Public relations/social media specialist
  • Communications content writer and editor
  • Nonprofit program manager
  • Content coordinator
  • Events coordinator
  • Media relations coordinator
  • Organizational mediator
  • Community relations specialist

Career and Internship Services

As a Marylhurst student, you will have access to our Career and Internship Services team who offer everything from resume help to internship placement. And this service continues beyond your years with Marylhurst, as an alum, you have access to career management and assistance from our hands-on, caring team.

Exceptional Faculty

David Denny, Marylhurst University“Marylhurst’s Communication and Media faculty help students think critically about the increasingly globalized and digital world that we inhabit. Its rewarding to witness our alumni as they apply their degree professionally and lead cross-industry change that alters the conversations we have with future students.”

~ David Denny, Associate Professor

Marylhurst faculty within the Liberal Studies program hold advanced degrees from prestigious colleges and universities and many have been recognized for their professional accomplishments and academic credentials in the industry. Faculty are committed to student growth and collectively support students in a collaborative learning environment.

Because most of our faculty are also practitioners in their specialized field, you benefit from their network. Connections and relationships you build within your communication and media courses will give you a significant advantage in your career field.

We invite you to learn more about the communication and media faculty who support Marylhurst’s Liberal Studies program: View Faculty Biographies.

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