The Major

We educate you in the liberal arts tradition

The Communication major at UMass follows the liberal arts tradition, emphasizing the critical thinking, systematic analysis, and writing and speaking skills that make for engaged citizenship. We emphasize theory and methods of inquiry, as opposed to technical training. We do, however, offer some great technical courses, among them Public Speaking, Film and Television Production Concepts, Program Process in Television, and Screenwriting. Students also gain applied training and skills through internships, service learning, and extracurricular campus experiences.

Themed subject areas help you focus in an expansive field

Communication is a broad field, so our undergraduate courses are organized into subject areas:

  • Interpersonal Communication and Culture
  • Media and Popular Culture Studies
  • Media, Technology, and Society
  • Rhetoric and Performance Studies
  • Film Studies

Click here to see current course offerings.