What You Will Learn

The foundation of the information economy and every connection made is effective communication. The program at CCM continues to grow exponentially, is easily transferable, and can lead to  excellent career opportunities, including:

  • Advertising & Marketing (Sales & Campaign Development)
  • Public Relations (Promotion, Strategic Communication, Political Communication & Crisis Management)
  • Multimedia Journalism (Multimedia Writing, Reporting, & Editing)
  • Social Media Management (Network Development & Viral Marketing)
  • Film (Film History, Screenwriting, & Production)

 

A major in communication begins a strong foundation in basic skills that are then applied to advanced studies in communication and media theory. Skills and theory combine to provide students with competency in public relations, advertising, social media management, film, multimedia journalism, and related careers.

Why Study Communication at CCM?

All program-specific courses in the Department of Communication are taught by full-time faculty with outstanding credentials and noteworthy professional achievements. Our professors regularly present their work at academic conferences, publish in peer-reviewed journals and edit books and other scholarly sources. They also bring a wealth of experience in the workforce to the program.

In addition, newly renovated student facilities and workspaces provide students with a professional experience right in the classroom. Students work in a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose journalism classroom with access to the full Adobe suite. All Communication students have the opportunity to work in the Alex DeCroce Media Center. The facility features high-definition technology, a digital media editing classroom, a scenery work room, two studio control rooms, a “green room” for guests, and separate teaching and professional studio spaces, each equipped with green screen cycloramas to create a variety of background images for video.

Finally, internships are readily available for second-year students with a competitive grade point average.

Career Opportunities

  • Public Relations
  • Advertising
  • New Media Production
  • Social Media Management
  • Media Research
  • Public Communication
  • Broadcasting
  • Film
  • Journalism

Tracks (Specialized Courses of Study)

Public Relations Track

The public relations track prepares students for strategic, crisis, and organizational communication in the workforce. Through this course of study, students will gain a better understanding of media relations through analyzing case studies and research that will equip them for transfer or internship positions in the public relations profession.

  • Restricted Elective #1: COM 102: Advertising & Society
  • Restricted Elective #2: COM 103: Introduction to Public Relations

Film Track

Through careful study of cinematic storytelling, the film track is designed to provide students not only with the skills to write a screenplay, but also with the mastery of adaptation, story structure, character development, and dialog ecessary to write their own feature film.

  • Restricted Elective #1: COM 234: Introduction to Film
  • Restricted Elective #2: COM 213: Screenwriting

Where You Can Go

The program prepares students for transfer to four-year state colleges and universities in New Jersey, as well as to other public and private universities. Multiple agreements of articulation exist between the Department of Communication and other local institutions, including:

  • West Virginia University
  • Rider University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Centenary College
  • Rutgers Newark
  • The College of Saint Elizabeth
  • William Paterson University

Contact Info

Communication Department

973-328-5210
DeMare Hall, Room 300

Dr. Matthew T. Jones

Chairperson
mjones@ccm.edu
973-328-5210