Department of Communication and Media

The Department of Communication and Media (C&M) offers competitive programs for undergraduate and graduate students seeking robust interdisciplinary degrees in communication, media, and design that will enable them to understand and employ new communication technologies. C&M also offers noteworthy minors in Communication, Professional Writing, and Mandarin Chinese for students who want to develop fluency in the Chinese language and competence in Chinese culture and intercultural communication.

Within Rensselaer, C&M is key to developing agile, critical, and creative thinkers and makers equipped to create and analyze communication artifacts in multimedia and multicultural environments. We take pride in graduating exemplary communicators and engaged citizens who contribute meaningfully to their professions and exert lasting impact on their communities, locally and globally.

As an interdisciplinary multimedia research hub with faculty committed to innovative teaching practices, C&M offers students the opportunity to develop and expand their creative, intellectual, and collaborative abilities and apply them to the study of videogames, virtual communities, immersive environments, and mixed-reality technologies, as well as traditional media environments of words, images, and sounds. Students who major or minor in communication at Rensselaer gain a critical understanding of the media, including multimodal writing and design practices, necessary to navigate and participate in a digitally, socially, and culturally complex world.

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Annual McKinney Contest First Call for Entries

The annual McKinney Contest is now accepting entries from undergraduates and graduates in four categories:  poetry, short fiction/drama, essay/creative nonfiction, and electronic media using language.  Deadline for all entries:  March 12, 2019.

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The annual McKinney Contest is now accepting entries from undergraduates and graduates in four categories:  poetry, short fiction/drama, essay/creative nonfiction, and electronic media using language.  Deadline for all entries:  March 12, 2019.


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2018 McKinney Creative Writing Contest Awards Dinner Set for Thursday, April 12

The annual event will feature a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding

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News Icon for 2018 McKinney Creative Writing Contest Awards Dinner Set for Thursday, April 12

The annual event will feature a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding


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Comm+D (formerly Center for Communication Practices) Celebrates 40 Years at RPI

Located in Folsom Library, Comm+D assists the Rensselaer community with writing, visual communication and more

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Located in Folsom Library, Comm+D assists the Rensselaer community with writing, visual communication and more


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