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Are you intellectually curious about the world around you? Are you fascinated by the newest developments in media and politics? Are you interested in sociology and the study of different cultures?
The interdisciplinary Global Communication major focuses on intercultural communication and cultural studies with special emphasis on the contemporary period of globalization and media convergence. Global Communication majors are critically engaged with traditional and emerging forms of media and their place in larger social and cultural contexts in the global environment.
As a Global Communication graduate, you will be grounded in historical traditions and social science research models so you can apply this knowledge to mass media challenges, global social issues and social/political movements.
You will be well-prepared for graduate study in many different disciplines as well as professional fields such as law, international business, or public administration. A Global Communication degree will also open doors to a wide variety of careers in the business, professional, and public spheres-including the unexpected careers of the future.
We encourage our Global Communication majors to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad as part of your college experience.
Our majors are distinguished by their breadth of intercultural knowledge and by their strong preparation in sociology and the liberal arts, with an especially sound foundation in classical and contemporary theory and various research methods to assure that you can apply your skills to the demands of any profession.
A graduate with the skills to work in the global community:
- Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Grounding in classical and contemporary social and cultural understandings and approaches
- Ability to do independent research and writing
- Advanced skills in writing, project design, and cultural criticism
- Strong interpersonal and intercultural communication skills for the global marketplace
A minor in Global Communication is also available.
Brooke Conger studied abroad as part of her Global Communication (formerly Media, Culture and Society) major, studying intercultural communication and sociology in Eastern Europe and Paris. "I have really enjoyed the Media, Culture and Society major. The tools I have gained helped me to research other cultures."
Sneed Collins (top right) and his classmates on the train from Prague to Budapest during their Global Communication study abroad program.
Reinhardt's Communication and Sociology departments regularly collaborate to provide summer study abroad programs. This trip led them to Berlin, Munich, Dresden and Nuremberg, Germany as well as Prague in the Czech Republic.