Diversity and the Media
3 Credit Hours

Communication professionals are often required to cross borders of cultural identity, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. Studying race, ethnic, multicultural groups, issues, and cultures from a mass communication perspective is important because your careers will probably require you to work with, portray, and/or represent people of diverse backgrounds. Radio, television, and film producers and writers, broadcast and print journalists, advertising and public relations specialists, teachers, professors, counselors, and general media consumers will all need to understand, communicate with, and relate to individuals of diverse backgrounds in our changing nation and world. In an effort to prepare students to embark on the journey of understanding and working in a diverse society, this course will investigate underrepresented audiences through reading academic research on the topic of media and diversity, consuming stories produced by underrepresented groups, and experiencing these theories by way of assignments designed for hands-on learning. This course helps students build confidence in their communication skills within diversity, while also enabling them to think critically, consider the viewpoints of others, and effectively express themselves, all of which will benefit them in the classroom, in life, and in the workforce.