We believe there is intrinsic value for all students in examining the role of media and communications processes in our society today. They permeate our lives in both overt and subtle ways; and their serious study is very appropriate within a liberal arts context, where students are trained to be both free and responsible thinkers. For our majors we aim to cultivate a high level of media literacy and a keen awareness of the impact these media have on our life and culture. The program fosters students’ critical and analytical thinking while it prepares them to engage in various media-related fields. They progress from analysis and reflection to ethical action both as consumers and as potential producers of media content.
The college’s mission – to strive to promote “the common good of the global human community” – is integral to our program. Modern communication methods are helping shape a new global community and are revealing the disparities among national and regional communities around the world. In addition we believe that preparing our students to eventually participate in these media fields is also a significant and worthwhile endeavor. Those majoring in Communication Arts learn skills basic for careers in a wide variety of media outlets today. Guided by strong ethical principles and a concern for justice for everyone in the global community, we attempt to develop in our students skills on a number of levels: critical, analytical, theoretical and practical. Through the various classes, internships and on- or off-campus papers and projects, students have an array of opportunities to demonstrate their mastery of these skills and their aptitudes for media careers or further study in graduate school. We expect those graduating with a degree in Communication Arts to begin the serious journey, in their personal lives and in their media careers, of being “leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice and service for life.”