Academics

In 2013 we completed a major overhaul of how we study Media at Miami and merged the communication department with the journalism and film programs. We offer several majors: Media and Culture (formerly called Mass Communication), Journalism, Strategic Communication, Comparative Media Studies, and Film Studies. At Miami, we are housed in the College of Arts & Science. We have a strong commitment to professional skills training across all media and to a solid liberal arts education. To that end, we ask our students to earn a second major (or two minors). Our emphasis is in educating students broadly (which is why we require the second major or a double minor) as critical thinkers and capable writers, while also grounding them in various skills (for example, TV and radio production, scriptwriting, reporting, interviewing, storytelling, editing, public speaking, and public relations).

In addition to our vibrant internship programs, many of our writing and production classes are now partnered with area newsrooms and media companies where students produce online, broadcast, and print projects that are published or aired. We also offer a number of study away programs including our Inside Washington program (in partnership with political science) — either in summer or spring semester — where our students attend class, hear speakers, meet Miami alumni, and eventually transition to into a full time internship in their area of interest. We also offer a summer program in Kosovo where students work in an online newsroom (KosovoLive) four days weeks or for other companies. This past summer we launched an Inside Hollywood program with the help of more than 30 Miami alumni who live and work in various media companies in Los Angeles area. We are repeating this program in the January winter term and are also developing our first Inside New York workshop.