Aug 10, 2022  
2020-2021 College of Liberal Arts (Admitted Fall 2020/Spring 2021) 
2020-2021 College of Liberal Arts (Admitted Fall 2020/Spring 2021) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Media and Communications

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About the Program

Media and Communications (MCOM) is designed to investigate how media and communication shape identity, society, and democratic processes. MCOM is available as a major or minor program of study.

Whether your interest is in media production, film, social media, journalism, advertising, or the impact media messages have on our lives, a degree in Media and Communications at Drew can help you meet your goals.

Our major prepares students for graduate work or further professional training, as well as for positions in Media and Communications industries. Courses developed by Faculty in more than a dozen disciplines allow students to explore all aspects of Media and Communications from the theoretical to the practical, including media analysis and documentary production.

The Program Offers:

  • thorough grounding in media literacy, methods, and theory;
  • multiple hands-on production opportunities in a variety of media;
  • broad understanding of media technologies from print and digital to virtual reality;
  • examination of the larger structures and frameworks—social cultural, economic, and political—that shape Media and Communications;
  • familiarity with debates surrounding ethics in media production and distribution;
  • a semester-long media seminar based in Manhattan;
  • facilitated internships and externships;
  • and programming that takes advantage of Drew’s proximity to the many media companies based in and around NYC.

The purpose of the major is:

  1. ​to provide a purposeful approach to study of literature;
  2. to strengthen students’ skills as readers of literature and as writers about literature;
  3. to provide a grounding in literary history;
  4. to provide a grounding in a range of approaches that constitute contemporary literary study;
  5. to encourage in-depth work in an area of choice.



  • Chair: Lisa Lynch
  • Assistant Professor: Jeremy Blatter
  • Assistant Teaching Professor: Evan Poe Johnson


Semester on Communications and Media (NYC-TREC)

The Semester on Communications and Media is offered every Fall semester. Classes begin in late August and end in mid-December, and are held in New York City on Mondays and Wednesdays. Applications are due in March.

New York City is the media and communications capital of the world. From historic Madison Avenue to Silicon Alley, the city is home to an astonishingly wide array of U.S. and international broadcasting, cable, advertising, public relations, publishing, music, film, and digital media companies. From TriBeCa to the Upper East Side, firms both big and small disseminate the ideas, information, and stories that shape our culture and collective psyche, craft the messages that establish the identities of companies, organizations, products, and political candidates around the globe, and develop the new technologies that are changing the way we communicate.


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