Exploring the New Center for Communication and Interactive Media at The College of Saint Rose
The new Center for Communication and Interactive Media (CCIM) at The College of Saint Rose has been in action for just over a year.
Home to one of the fastest-growing programs, the CCIM serves 30 graduate students in the MA in Communications.
“The breakneck pace of change in the communications industry presents both challenges and opportunities. The CCIM is an incubator for ideas that will have impact on future jobs in the world of communications,” notes Dr. R. Mark Sullivan, President of the College.
The Communications discipline celebrates 30 years at the College this year. Since its inception, the department has combined communication theory with practical application and internships, preparing students for the field’s ever-changing technological advances.
The Master of Arts in Communications program prepares students for a variety of industries, with a focus on public relations and journalism. The curriculum recognizes the importance of technology in the communications workplace, with courses such as New Media Production and Online Journalism. The program serves both full- and part-time students.
“Working on a master’s degree in this state-of-the-art facility makes our students more competitive in the marketplace,” notes Karen McGrath, Professor and Chair of Communications. “Production skills are not always included in a master’s program, the way they are in ours, where faculty combines professional experience in the subjects they teach with excellent academic credentials.”
Communications graduate students come from both far and near, and their résumés are impressive. Recent graduates and current students are working in television and radio, in higher education, and in Web content management. Their positions in journalism and public relations reflect the emphasis on these disciplines present in the program.