Explore digital audio, HD video, social media, broadcasting and more with a major in communications from Dean College.

In a changing media world, a communications degree from Dean College will set you apart. Here, you'll get the hands-on experience needed for a dynamic career in communications.  

Program Overview

Communications boasts some of today’s most compelling career paths. Whether you’re interested in TV and radio broadcasting, sports broadcasting, multimedia production, station management, news writing, social media writing or another aspect of the field, a bachelor’s degree from Dean College will set you up for success. 

You’ll get a thorough grounding in: 

  • Digital audio
  • HD video
  • Social media 
  • Sports broadcasting
  • Multimedia production
  • Content production

The program combines hands-on practice in multimedia production with in-depth study of the history, evolution and current state of mass communications. You’ll learn in state-of-the-art TV and radio facilities with faculty who have a wealth of professional experience. 

Beyond the Classroom

Practice what you’re learning through fieldwork at local television and radio stations. Produce audio, video or social media projects for campus clients. Complete on an internship with the New England Patriots, New England Revolution, Pawtucket Red Sox or Providence Bruins. At Dean, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to engage in real-world practice. 

And when you graduate, you’ll be ready to take on the world. Dean communications alumni find success in every area of the industry, including:

  • TV and radio broadcasting
  • Play-by-play sports broadcasting
  • Multimedia production
  • Station management
  • News and sports writing
  • Social media 

Uniquely Dean

What makes our Communications program best of breed? 

  • Enjoy access to a state-of-the-art video facility, three-camera television studio, and digital audio and video postproduction suites.
  • Practice your skills in digital media labs featuring industry-standard software such as Final Cut Pro and Pro Tools.
  • Gain experience on the air in WGAO 88.3 FM, our Nielsen-rated, 175-watt stereo radio station.
  • Work at Dean’s television station in content creation, production, crew and on air. 
  • Get practical, hands-on experience in performance-based courses starting in your first semester.
  • Primary engagement with The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management

DEGREE OFFERINGS

  • Bachelor's Degree*
  • Associate Degree

*The course listing below is based on the Bachelor's Degree program. 

Communications Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
COM 121 Introduction to Communications 3
COM 122 Digital Audio Production I 3
COM 123 Digital Video Production I 3
COM 124 Web Design and Social Media Production I 3
COM 211 Media Writing 3
COM 213 Media Concept Creation 3
COM 217 Sports and Entertainment Media 3
COM 223 Digital Video Production II 4
COM 225 Digital Audio Production II 3
COM 341 Media Theory and Criticism 3
Upper Division COM Electives Upper-Division Communications Electives 12
COM 112, COM 115, or COM 212 Dean Radio or Dean TV 7
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 12
COM 450 Senior Seminar 3
COM 495 Senior Capstone 3
Total Credits 69

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition I 3
ENG 112 Composition II 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 332 Advanced Media Writing 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 43

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Open Electives 8
Total Credits 8

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2018-19