program overview

Media Studies is an interdisciplinary major in which students are presented with communication theories and issues in the context of a liberal arts education. Students gain hands-on experience in their field of study, with opportunities to specialize in audio, video and multimedia production, as well as in print and writing.

Students develop awareness of the social contexts in which they communicate as they strengthen their public speaking, writing and critical thinking skills. Through their course work, students analyze the history and role of mass media in society and consider the kinds of legal and ethical issues they will face as professionals in their field.

B.A. in Media Studies

The Media Studies Program offers a wide selection of courses in all aspects of communications, ranging from introductory classes in public speaking, journalism and desktop publishing, to advanced classes in multimedia and video production, investigative reporting and scriptwriting. In between students choose from a broad array of options, with opportunities to strengthen their skills in writing, reporting and production, or deepen their understanding of media criticism, issues, history, law and ethics, and technolgies. Students also gain vital experience through the Campus Communications Praxis, a senior-level course in which students serve as directors, editors or managers of campus media projects; through teaching assistantships; and through Media Studies internships

Minor in Media Studies

The minor in Media Studies can be combined with any baccalaureate degree program. See the college catalog for requirements.

Baker Communication Center

Located on the third floor of Colgate Hall, the Baker Communication Center provides a hub for student communications and includes smart (or technology-enabled) classrooms and studios and offices for the newspaper and video productions.

The Colby-Sawyer Courier student newspaper production offers students opportunities to participate in all areas of newspaper production, from news and feature writing to editing, photography and desktop layout and production. The newspaper studio is well equipped with computers, scanners and printers, where students work together with a faculty advisor to produce the publication. Multimedia computers offer desktop publishing, photo design, and sound and image editing software programs.

The Video Production Complex provides the setting for students to learn to use digital video cameras, lighting and audio equipment, and digital editing software. In Video Production I and II courses students gain an understanding of contemporary video production and produce videos in a variety of genres. The complex includes a studio and control room, two editing suites, a screening room and offices for faculty.

The Baker Communication Center was a gift from Martine Baker-Anderson '59, in memory of her father, Elbert H. Baker II, and a tribute to his distinguished career in the newspaper and communications industry.

Capstone Projects

Colby-Sawyer seniors complete a Capstone project, a culmination of work in their fields of study that allows them to demonstrate a deep understanding of a body of knowledge and perspectives informed by that knowledge. Visit My Capstone Experience to find out more about student capstones.

Media Studies majors design, create and present their Capstone projects to the college community and area residents during the Susan Colby Colgate Scholars Symposium each spring. This project can be service-based (such as a video, audio program, print communications, or multimedia communications), or a research project.