The Communication major invites students to approach the rapidly expanding field of communication as critics, historians, analysts, and producers of media, in all its forms. The Communication major draws on courses from across the College to provide students with an opportunity to build a base of understanding, using a diverse array of critical, analytical and applied skills reflecting a range of disciplinary approaches within the major’s three major concentrations. To this end, the Communication major introduces students to the fundamental skills and modes of analysis, production, and critique in the dynamic media environment of the 21st century.
The Communication major at Mills College consists of a core of four courses; five electives, four of which must be selected from the offerings in one of three Communication sub-fields; and a senior capstone experience, consisting of either a senior signature experience in an approved course or directed research as approved by the concentration/major committee. Students seeking honors in the major must also complete a Senior Thesis, supervised by a faculty member affiliated with the major.
The core consists of four courses. Including a lower-division Introduction to Communication course that introduces students to the history, politics and theories of communication and to the three concentrations. Presence and Public Speaking is a key skill for all Communication majors, and a transferable credit from our Peralta Partners, making the major particularly accessible for transfer students. In addition, all students must complete two applied communication courses. Beyond the core, all students must choose one of three concentrations, and complete a capstone experience. The three concentrations are Business Communication, Political Communication, and Media and Cultural Studies.
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate written, audio, digital, and visual communication by applying social scientific, humanities-based, and qualitative approaches.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the issues shaping the production of communication media, as well as the politics and economics of access to the means of media production.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of media on diverse constituencies of consumers (readers, listeners, viewers, internet users) across a range of identities and economic conditions, geographic locations, and cultural groups.
- Demonstrate the ability to produce effective oral, written, visual, digital, and hybrid communication by adapting their public discourse to diverse audiences within multiple contexts.
- Demonstrate familiarity with Associate Press and Chicago Manual, the most commonly utilized stylebooks for journalism, public relations, and business communication.