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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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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Lecturer Weina Ran Wins 7k Grant to Study Effects of Multitasking

Award is from Japan's Hoso Bunka Foundation, which promotes the cultural and technological development of broadcasting

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Award is from Japan's Hoso Bunka Foundation, which promotes the cultural and technological development of broadcasting


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C&M Lecturer Maurice Suckling Publishes 2nd Edition of Video Game Writing

GSAS faculty member has written or worked on some 40 games for major publishers 

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GSAS faculty member has written or worked on some 40 games for major publishers 


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