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Critical Communication and Media Studies

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Why Study Critical Communication and Media Studies at Butler?

The CCM program at Butler is a unique interdisciplinary program that combines perspectives from critical theory, media studies, and rhetoric—fields of study that complement each other but are often separated in more traditional communication programs. As such, the program serves as a showcase for synergy.

This innovative program highlights the spirit of a liberal arts education in partnership with preparation for a variety of exciting careers related to media and communication, as well as graduate or law school. The program provides a bridge that enables students to infuse practice with theory, and activism with scholarship, to demonstrate a commitment to social justice and diversity. Faculty are an enthusiastic group of well-published teacher-scholars, who are active in research and scholarship and who frequently present their work at national and international conferences. CCM students will have the opportunity to work closely with these faculty members on teaching or research.

Critical Communication and Media Studies Student Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire skills in and demonstrate systematic and innovative inquiry into the production, reception, and circulation of public and mass-mediated communication
  • Demonstrate an understanding of historical, theoretical, and critical perspectives as they apply to a variety of public and mass-mediated messages
  • Interpret, evaluate, and critique the symbolic and shared processes of meaning making
  • Analyze how identity and power affect communication globally and locally
  • Develop an appreciation of the value of communication to promote community engagement and social justice
  • Demonstrate the ability to advocate appropriately and effectively in professional and public contexts