B.A. Degree in Communications & Community Media
About the Program
This dynamic, interdisciplinary degree program prepares students for rewarding careers in the fast-changing field of communications.
Students choose one of three concentrations:
They must complete a core of courses integral to all three, including media theory, web design, digital and social media, media ethics and best journalistic practices.
A key component of the program is practical, real-world experience, gained in part by working on the college’s award-winning, student-produced community newspaper, Basement Medicine. This biweekly publication, produced in both print and web editions, acclimates students to the challenges and excitement inherent in the fast-paced, deadline-driven fields of journalism and public relations.
In addition, each concentration requires a senior-year capstone internship, which may be fulfilled with local and national media or with area businesses, nonprofit organizations or government agencies. These placements provide valuable experience and often lead to job offers — as was the case with Nathan Burgess, class of 2011, for example. Now a staff reporter with the Stowe Reporter, Nathan was named “Rookie of the Year” by both the Vermont Press Association and the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2011.
Communications and Community Media Degree Requirements
From Editor to Rookie of the Year
JSC journalism alum Nate Burgess, who served as the editor of Basement Medicine during 2008-09, receieved the "Rookie of the Year" award from the New England Press Association in February 2011 in connection with his work as a staff reporter at The Stowe Reporter. The NEPA noted Nate's "nice writing style, good research and thinking of his readers," in its decision to give him the award.