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Communication, Film, and Theatre Major

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Why Study Communication, Film, and Theatre?

Communication is fundamental to understanding the social, political, and cultural world. Communication, Film, and Theatre professionals create and shape the stories we tell. They influence the way people share, receive and process information — an invaluable role that will always be in demand in our modern mediated global society. Employment opportunities are growing in the media, business, education, politics, and arts industries.

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Why Study Communication, Film, and Theatre at Eastern?

Eastern’s Department of Communication fosters creativity and cooperative learning. Faculty use applied professional examples to teach in friendly interactive class environments. The recently renovated Communication Building offers state-of-the-art classrooms and labs that provide students with hands-on experience. A major and two minors are offered. Communication, Film, and Theatre majors work in state-of-the-art audio and video production laboratories, offering applied experiences students need to launch careers after graduation. Academic and pre-professional concentrations include Applied Media Production, Media Writing and Journalism, and Leadership Communication. Graduates work in the commercial media industries as well as in government and non-profit settings.

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Concentrations

  • The Applied Media Production concentration within the Communication major provides students with a theoretical foundation and practical experiences in preparation for careers in a variety of media production fields. Students will demonstrate professional level technical competencies in audio production and video production for industrial, commercial and non-commercial media distribution platforms. Coursework includes practical, applied instruction for traditional and developing media formats (radio, television, cable, satellite, mobile and internet).

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  • The Leadership Communication concentration in the Communication Major prepares students for careers in a variety of organizations. Students will demonstrate a professional level competency in verbal, nonverbal, written and digital communication skills common to institutional settings, including public speaking and presentation, conflict management and persuasive communication.

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  • The Media Writing and Journalism concentration in the Communication major prepares students for a variety of writing careers within the broad media spectrum. Students will demonstrate a professional level competency in an understanding of story structure and the real-world requirements of publishing their work in print, film, radio or the electronic media. Students will also understand the techniques and methods used to repurpose their writing across multiple media platforms.

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  • Some students may find that none of the other concentrations in the Communication Major meet their interests. These students may elect to take courses across all electives to fulfill their concentration requirement. Students with a Communication Generalist concentration may select any five courses from available electives to fulfill their concentration requirements. Students can select the required 15 credits from among the available 100- to 400-level courses.

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Salary Potential

$66,540

PR Specialist Salary

$117,810

Advertising Manager Salary

$60,360

TV Camera Operators

$62,340

Media/Communication Specialists

* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Hands-on Learning

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Internships

All Communication students complete at least one internship as undergraduates, gaining valuable workplace skills and developing their professional networks in the process.

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On-campus Experiences

Communication majors construct advertising campaigns for local businesses, host their own radio shows, and produce live television sports and news programs. Applied experiences are found at the Campus Lantern student newspaper, ETV, ETV Sports and WECS 90.1 FM.

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Honor Society

Eastern is a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, with members demonstrating exemplary academic and co-curricula accomplishments.

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Student Organizations

Students build a sense of community through co-curricular groups that host social events, volunteer in the community, and participate in regional and national conferences and competitions. They include the American Advertising Federation, and the Public Relations Student Society of America.

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Undergraduate Research

Communication students work with faculty mentors to conduct independent research or create media content. They have presented at regional and national conferences, and won awards for producing documentaries, writing plays, and creating public service announcements.

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Global Field Courses

Communication students have visited advertising and public relations companies in London and Paris, shot films in Mexico and China, and learned about the media industry of Eastern Europe.

Career Options

Students who pursue undergraduate degrees in communication can have rewarding and successful careers in a variety of professional fields, including:

  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Audio Production Engineer
  • Public Information Officer
  • Multimedia Journalist
  • Event Planner
  • Social Media Producer & Influencer
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Social Media Management
  • Sports Production
  • News Production
  • Video Editing

Successful Alumni

Recent Eastern students who earned a bachelor’s degree or a minor in Communication are at the following companies and professional/graduate schools:

  • A&E Networks
  • Brass City Media
  • Connecticut Public Television - CPTV
  • ESPN
  • Fox 61
  • Lego
  • MSNBC
  • NBC-10 Boston
  • NBC-30
  • News8
  • Northeast Sports Network - NESN
  • WFSB Channel 3
  • WKRC-TV Cincinnati
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For more information


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(860) 465-4340

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