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    Communications students engage with critical perspectives on the history and practice of mass communication and media. Majors develop a comprehensive understanding of the theory and skills necessary for a variety of career paths while becoming proficient in media literacy—crucial for ethical citizenship in today’s society.

    Work Program Opportunities

    • The ’Burnian
    • Sports Information
    • Public Relations
    • Blackburn’s writing center
    • Blackburn’s online radio station
    • Institutional Research

    Awards and Prizes

    • Talent-Based Scholarships
    • Beginning Scholar Awards
    • Excellence in the Major Awards
    • Louise Allen Creative Writing Awards
    • Student Journalism Awards
    • Stoddard Prize for Literature
    • Asbury Prize for Journalism
    • First Year Writing Awards


    Recent majors have interned with Habitat for Humanity, Karmak, the Macoupin County Enquirer-Democrat, and various other regional businesses.

    The ‘Burnian

    The oldest college newspaper in Illinois! The ’Burnian offers tuition, paid, and volunteer opportunities for writers, editors, graphic designers, and photographers.

    Professional Memberships

    • Illinois College Press Association
    • Association for Women in Communications
    • Lambda Pi Eta, a national Communications honor society

    Career Opportunities

    • Advertising
    • Public Relations
    • Social and Interactive Media
    • Marketing and Sales
    • Organizational and/or Political Communications
    • Journalism
    • Media law
    • Graduate School

    Student Testimonials

    “I am doing marketing which includes dealing with social media, and I can credit my Professional Writing, Media Literacy and Media & Diversity classes for my success. I learned about how consumers perceive media messages and the complexity of being clear and diverse with marketing materials. Having these tools in my marketing tackle-box enhances the chances of my messages reaching its target audience.”

    Steven Jones, Class of 2014
    Marketing Coordinator at All Digital Radio Network

    “I had a part time job as a sports writer before I started going to Blackburn, but what I learned from the Communications and Professional Writing coursework helped me to hone my skills and eventually move into a full time position at that same paper. Then, after graduating, I was able to take my degree and get a job as the sports editor at a paper in Missouri.”

    Jason Farmer, Class of 2013
    Sports Editor of the Hannibal Courier-Post


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