St. Kate's electronic media studies major is excellent preparation for a dynamic career in social media and broadcasting. You learn to transform inspiration into creative forms of communication; you develop your powers of clear explanation and persuasion. You also gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in a range of contemporary media forms, including television, radio, blogs, Internet videos and instant messaging.
Our coursework, offered jointly with the University of St. Thomas, is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills employers seek. In addition to a number of communication classes — that cover everything from interpersonal relationships to conflict in groups — the curriculum includes audio production, videography and studying documentary in American television.
You’re also required to take the “Leadership and the Art of Persuasion” course. This unique St. Kate's offering provides you with opportunities for extensive self-assessment and delves into issues such as ethics, leadership style and personal strengths.
Radio station on campus
Work at Radio Here, St. Kate’s Internet radio station, and learn to select content, make business decisions, manage staff and produce shows. You also develop audio software skills here and through our academic curriculum. Several of our classes require you to create audio projects. Alumna Annette Dias spearheaded the founding of the station.
You have opportunities to explore film and show your work at the annual ACTC Student Film Festival. Four St. Kate’s students were selected for the first in 2011 — and two, Tracy Sitterly and Jenna Schaude, won Best of Show awards. Tracy Sitterley and Beverly Kumar produced their films in Assistant Professor Joshua Haringa’s “Media, Culture and Society” class. In this engaging course, students also discuss talk shows, reality television and citizen journalism, and how these shape our lives.
St. Kate’s students have been invited to present at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. In 2011, Maret Tindal, Milan Wilson-Robinson and Amanda Vance presented“RadioHere: Conception, Establishment, and Development of Internet-Based College Radio” in New York. Their project drew information from communication studies, business and marketing, leadership studies and organizational development.
Classroom to career
Being ethical in your speech and behavior is an essential leadership quality — and especially important in this age of social media and Internet communication, when it’s hard to discern fact from fiction. That’s why we weave communication ethics into our program. Faculty members present ethical principles and moral problems in class discussion and readings, and then encourage you to examine them. We want you to know how to solve ethical dilemmas and stay true to your own convictions.