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The Edward R Murrow College of Communication

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The Edward R Murrow College of Communication
Student Services, Murrow 226

Dean and Professor, B. Pinkleton; Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, P. Bolls; Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and College Operations, S. Hust; Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, S. Stout.

Communication is a vital force in society. New practices and techniques in communication require that instruction and research explain these phenomena and prepare students for careers in this exciting area that is being shaped by new communication technologies. 

The curricula of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Production, Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication, Master of Arts in Communication, Master of Arts in Strategic Communication, and Doctor of Philosophy (Communication).

Study in the College’s facilities provides exposure to and mastery of new digital production and content creation technologies. The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication has three computer labs, including a writing lab, an advanced graphics and data analysis lab, and a broadcast news lab; television production studios and TV editing suites; a radio station and radio/audio labs; and a state-of the-art news production/broadcast lab. In addition, the College houses three nationally acclaimed media outlets, including Northwest Public Radio, Northwest Public Television and the Murrow News Service.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication will be able to: 1) effectively and efficiently collect and evaluate information utilizing traditional methods and new technologies; 2) communicate clearly and succinctly, in both written and verbal forms, to varied audiences; 3) carefully observe, interpret and accurately portray events, information, and activities to a diverse society; 4) shape messages to reflect the differing demands and strengths of different and developing media; 5) consider the legal, social, and economic contexts in which media operate and evolve; 6) examine the role and effects of media in contemporary society; 7) understand the ethical and civic responsibilities that accompany a lifelong career in communication in a democratic society; 8) understand the professionalism required to be successful in a highly competitive industry, and 9) compete successfully in regional, national and international job markets.

Undergraduate Minors       

The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication offers a minor in general Communication as well as minors in Health Communication and Promotion (See Dept. of Strategic Communication); and Sports Communication (See Dept. of Journalism and Media Production). Students may apply to certify in one of these minors after they have completed 60 credits and are certified in a major outside The Murrow College of Communication. Check with The Murrow College Student Services Office for additional information.

Graduate Certificate

The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication offers a graduate certificate in Health Communication and Promotion within the Strategic Communication Department. Please contact the graduate coordinator, Christine Curtis for more information.



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