Media, Rhetoric and Culture students learn the
critical tools and practical skills necessary for effective
communication in an ever-changing mediated society. We prepare
students to address and respond to significant social issues of our
time by analyzing public and popular communication and constructing
arguments. Students become informed critics of the messages that
shape their lives, navigate their social and professional lives in
a mass mediated society, and make positive change in the world.
Critical Thinking and Analysis: MRC students
engage in higher order thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving.
Courses explore how language and symbols influence social
attitudes, politics and everyday life (culture). Students explain
how communities develop shared understanding through in-depth
analysis of messages within film, television, news coverage,
popular music, political speeches, advertising, and social media.
Our courses highlight how these messages have meaning within
particular social and historical contexts. Through these practices
of analysis and evaluation, students learn how media and public
communication are integral to processes of social stability and
Oral and Written Communication: MRC students
develop their persuasive and analytical skills through extended
written and oral communication assignments. Our courses teach
students to tailor messages to various audiences for multiple
purposes and in a variety of formats. Through their writing and
speaking, students learn to convey their knowledge and insights to
respond to a variety of situations beyond the classroom.
Understanding Diversity: Social justice is at
the heart of Media, Rhetoric and Culture. MRC students consider the
ways in which power and identity affect and are influenced by
communication. Our courses highlight how categories of identity
such as those based on class, race, gender, sexuality, religion,
and nationality are created through language and media. They also
explore how advocates use communication for social change both in
the United States and internationally.
Media Rhetoric and Culture prepares students
for innovative careers as analysts, critics, and advocates. In our
contemporary landscape, college graduates need to be able to convey
critical insights to a variety of audiences in order to adapt to
and influence industry, government, and community. Our graduates
are positioned to INVENT the jobs of the future.
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