6 Weeks / Credit Bearing

Public Communications Program

This relevant summer program for high school students gives you a greater understanding of behind-the-scenes operations and the variety of issues confronting media professionals today.

The media play a significant role in the attitudes and actions of people around the globe. If you recognize the media’s importance and have a serious interest in a communications profession, this program is for you.

Summer College Public Communication students enroll in two courses.  The first is COM 107 Communications & Society (Usually offered Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)  This foundation course is usually taken during the first year of undergraduate study in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Choosing a second course:

Students then select a second course from the 2017 Liberal Arts and Sciences course list that does not conflict with the day and time of the COM 107 class.

Course Materials:

Students should budget for the purchase of required course textbooks.

What’s the Deal?

• Designed to introduce you to college study and to the range of careers in this diverse field
• Study with faculty from the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
• Investigate practices of journalism, TV and cable, radio, music industry, public relations, advertising, film and how they are changing in the Information Revolution
• Enjoy guest lectures by working media professionals
• Discover how your interests and talents connect with the challenges of professional communicators
• Be more aware of the socio-political and cultural issues defining our times which are reflected in media
• Click here for details about WRT 104, an excellent choice when selecting a complimentary course to COM 107.

Typical day

You take a three-credit survey course that looks at the history, structure, economics, performance, effects, and future of mass media. You’ll analyze content from many interrelated arenas: journalism, entertainment, marketing and promotion, sports, war, and politics.

Study in the liberal arts is an important part of the educational process that prepares you for the communications professions, so you select your second three-credit course from offerings designed to enhance your education and help you make a positive impact on society through media.

Click here to learn more about the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Program Costs:

Please visit our program costs page for more detailed information.

*Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

*Students must be 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date.