The Media and Communications program is for students who are interested in pursuing
careers and further education in such areas as radio and television broadcasting,
multimedia journalism, public relations, corporate communications, audio reproduction,
film-making, and online media creation. The program has been designed to help students
assimilate the knowledge, skills, and production ethics that will enable them to create
high quality media-borne messages, and thereby advance their chosen career. The strengths
of Ferrum's Media and Communication program is the amount of one-on-one instruction
students receive from their professors, and our focus on strong writing and message
Media & Communication majors take seven required courses (listed below) that provide
a foundation for their studies. A minor is also required, which enables the student
to tailor their coursework to meet their career goals and interests. An array of
electives are available to prepare students for a wide range of opportunities in communication,
media production and related fields. Media & Communication majors must also complete
a foreign language at the intermediate level.
|Introduction to Mass Communication
||Radio Broadcasting Methods
|Basic Audio Recording
||Radio Performance Practicum
|Fundamentals of Television and Video Production
||Video Production Practicum
|Mass Media & Behavior
|Senior Synthesis Seminar
Related Elective Courses
2-D Design Advertising
Black & White Photography
Computer Graphics Digital Photography
Journalism Practicum Marketing
Media & Politics
Media Issues Media Management
News Feature Writing
News Writing & Editing Professional Writing
Radio Practicum Rhetoric
TV Programming & Production
Voice & Diction Web Page Design
There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College.
The following are specifically related to Media and Communication.
- Chrysalis: Art and Literary magazine
- English Club
- Ferrum Radio listen online
- The Iron Blade: student newspaper read online
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Ferrum College believes in hands-on learning in to augment classroom and textbook
studies with practical experience.
- Audio Recording students capture high quality sound and work with professional-grade
audio mixing software.
- Video Production students learn to plan video productions and field shoots, capture
hight quality digital video images, work with digital video editing equipment, and
direct multi-camera video productions.
- Scriptwriting students develop scripts for audio/radio, video, and motion pictures.
- Our radio e-term course allows students to immerse themselves in running a radio station:
working on-air, writing and recording promotional announcements, developing their
own radio program, and all facets of managing a radio station.
- Media Communication students will conduct real-world research about media uses and
- Documentary Photography students practice visual story-telling by creating thematic
photo stories from the photographs they shoot.
- Students in journalism classes produce college publications, serving as editors, managers,
page designers, photographers, and writers for The Iron Blade or Chrysalis.
- Students can gain valuable radio production experience with Ferrum Radio, working
as studio DJs and producers of remote programming.
- Students may perform voice work on Ferrum Panthers athletic department webcasts, doing
play-by play or color analysis.
Internships: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors
through an internship. The Media & Communication program coordinator will help students
identify and make contact with prospective internship sites. Additionally, the program
coordinator serves as academic supervisor of student internships.
A minor in Media & Communication may lead to a variety of careers paths, both traditional
and in less expected fields. For example,
Video, or Television Producer / Director Screen Writer
Film Producer / Director Production Designer Photojournalist
Radio Station Manager On-Air Talent
Public Relations Specialist
Radio Program Director / DJ Corporate Training
Designer Special Events Coordinator
Sound / Audio Engineer Advertising
Designer Webpage Designer
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Ferrum College Professors actively participate in our students’ intellectual growth
and development. The Media and Communication program coordinator is:
Dr. Karl Roeper
, Assistant Professor of Media Studies Media & Communication Program Coordinator
Journalism Program Coordinatorkroeper@ferrum.edu
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Faculty Adviser to The Iron Blade Ph.D.
, Communications Media & Instructional Technology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania,
, Adult Education & Communications Technology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania,
, Communications Media, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1991
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