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Welcome from the Directors

<strong>Susan Grantham</strong><br />

<strong>Jack Banks</strong><br />

We would like to welcome you to this site for the School of Communication that provides useful information about our programs, faculty, students, facilities, alumni and opportunities for professional success.

The School offers a:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with areas of emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations, Media and Journalism and Communication Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Media and Journalism, and

  • Master of Arts degree in Communication, along with an accelerated BA/MA option.

As faculty members who have taught here for many years, we are convinced that you’ll find these programs appealing, engaging and rewarding. Here are some reasons why:

  • Classes are small. Most of our courses have fewer than 25 students, and more advanced and graduate courses often have between 10 and 15 students. Because of this, students get lots of individual attention and guidance from our faculty.

  • Classes are diverse and timely. There is a wide variety of courses in Communication and Cinema that reflect current trends in media and communication related professions.

  • Start in your first year. Students start taking courses in their major their very first semester like CMM 110 Communication in the Digital Age and CIN 150 Introduction to Film, and continue with other courses in the major in following terms.

  • Programs emphasize student creative work. In your courses, you’ll learn how to produce a film, television show or website, or create a successful public relations or advertising campaign with guidance from faculty.

  • Produce work in School facilities. Students have the resources they need to learn the craft of their profession. There are three computer labs and a TV studio for the production of student work, as well as up to date equipment available for use for courses.

  • Programs are flexible. Students in Communication, Cinema, and Digital Media and Journalism pursue their own individual interests in film, media, journalism, advertising, public relations or communication studies, or various combinations of these various communication-related fields.

  • Our faculty are accomplished. Instructors are leaders in their fields writing about media, film and communication and have much professional experience in these areas.

  • Internships are available. Students can complete internships in their chosen fields during the regular academic year or over the summer that count for academic credit. Our students have been interns at many TV and radio stations, print and online media outlets, ESPN, MTV Networks, Mintz and Hoke Advertising, The Hartford Courant, Radio Disney and Universal Records.

  • Student organizations are active in media and communication. The University has many vital student organizations like STN, the student run television news network, the Informer newspaper, the Public Relations Student Society of America, radio station WSAM and Reel Film Club. These organizations provide valuable experiences that build upon what students learn in their courses and create strong connections with fellow students.

  • Our alumni are successful. Graduates of our B.A. and M.A. programs are employed in a broad range of positions at print and online media sites, television networks and stations, radio stations, advertising agencies, public relations firms and for–profit and non–profit organizations of all kinds from insurance companies to arts organizations.

  • Courses enhance study of communication and media. Students can take courses in other programs at the University that supplement and enhance a student’s study of communication and media in the School, such as photography, media and design in the Hartford Art School, Multimedia Web Design and Development, creative writing and drama in the English department, and marketing in the Barney School of Business.

We believe that all of these appealing features of our programs work together to help prepare students for successful careers in their chosen fields.

As you browse this site, feel free to contact us with any questions you have about our programs. We’d also be happy to meet you in person and give you a tour. We’re certain you’ll be impressed.

Co-Directors, School of Communication
Susan Grantham

Jack Banks