Communication Studies

Embracing a variety of disciplines from Temple’s highly ranked School of Media & Communication (SMC), the Communication Studies major covers media studies and production, film and media arts, journalism, speech, and theater. To develop as professionals familiar with both the practice and theory of communications, students may undertake an optional internship.

Ronald Carr

Associate Professor of Film and Media Arts

Advisor and Coordinator of the Communication Studies major

Our Communication Studies program takes an interdepartmental approach. For example, students who have an interest in filmmaking can study videography, editing and sound. Those with an interest in journalism can work in magazine writing, the online space and broadcasting. Our goal is to develop students intellectually and prepare them for professional-level competency in media. Being in Tokyo is superior for internships, given the international reach of both Japanese and foreign media. Over the years, our students have received internships at many foreign bureaus, public relations and advertising companies, and startup internet firms.

Students who pursue communications as a career have to be creative, flexible, and possess a critical mind. Self-motivation is also very important; if you work in film, television, radio or advertising, you must be able to pick up where someone has left off, put the pieces together, and take over. These are the qualities we emphasize in the program.

The communications realm is changing rapidly. You must be international, open and flexible to succeed. TUJ allows you to get an education from a topnotch faculty as well as experience a new culture and gain a wider perspective.

Student Voice

Delilah Joy Romasanta

American

Graduated from The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in Pennsylvania, USA

My sister is a senior at Temple, so I knew about Temple’s many campuses. I knew I wanted to travel and be in a new environment. Since I’ve always had an interest in Japanese culture, TUJ seemed like the perfect choice. I originally came with the intention of being a Japanese major, but after hearing about Temple’s DBMD (Dual Bachelor’s Master’s Degree) program, I decided to become a Communication Studies major with a minor in Art and a certificate in Japanese.

I am really happy at TUJ. It is a wonderful place to get a great education in a global environment. There are so many teachers and students of various nationalities, which creates a culturally enriching atmosphere. The courses are interesting, too. Many have improved my ability to think critically and analyze more thoroughly, as well as stress the importance of teamwork and networking. These skills will benefit me in any career path I choose.

While I am undecided on what I want to do after university, my academic goal is to get accepted into the DBMD program. I also want to participate in a summer session in Rome. I want to make use of all the opportunities TUJ has to offer and enjoy life.

Sample Curriculum

  • Communication and Public Life
  • Media and Society
  • Communications Seminar

One course in each of the following categories:

  • Communication Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Analysis
  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Contemporary Media Environments courses
    (Seven electives in three different courses from Media Studies and Production, Journalism, and Film, Media Arts and Theater)
  • Communication Studies Major of Distinction
    (Five electives in SMC courses, three semesters of a foreign language, and a two-semester thesis)