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
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
We encourage our Global Communication
majors to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad as part of your
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:
critical thinking and problem-solving skills
classical and contemporary social and cultural understandings and
Ability to do
independent research and writing
skills in writing, project design, and cultural criticism
interpersonal and intercultural communication skills for the global
A minor in Global Communication is also
available. See below.
Brooke Conger ('09) 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 ('09, 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. The summer of 2010 led them to Berlin, Munich, Dresden and Nuremberg, Germany as well as Prague in the Czech Republic.
Global Communication is an interdisciplinary
degree program based in communication and the social sciences. Since
globalization is redefining the concept of borders, facilitated by a
convergence of media technologies, this major focuses on intercultural
communication, cultural studies, and mass media in a global context. Global
Communication majors cultivate strong critical thinking, problem-solving, and
creative technology skills for research, writing, design and presentation.
Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad opportunities. This
program, culminating in a professional internship as well as an independent
thesis project, prepares students for the professional global workplace and
for participation in professional and graduate programs. Main Campus only.
Education Curriculum (48 credit hours)
possible, students should take the following courses as part of their general education
core curriculum and/or general electives:
105 Introduction to Sociology
210 World Geography
foreign language (two semesters is recommended)
Required Courses (Total 33 credit hours) Total requirements 51 hours
100 Communication Colloquium (each semester)
201 Interpersonal Communication
202 Introduction to Mass Communication and Mass Media
200 Global Social Problems or SOC 310 Social
321 Qualitative Research Methods
340 Professional Writing and Communication
360 Intercultural Communication
370 Classical Social Theory
403 Theories of Media and Visual Culture
407 Communication Internship
450 Thesis (Capstone) Project
490 Capstone Senior Seminar
Electives (select three; minimum of 9 credit
200-, 300- or 400-level COM course
SOC/SSC Electives (Select one;
minimum of 3 credit hours)
300- or 400-level SOC or SSC course
Major Electives (select two; minimum of 6 credit hours)