You will explore the principles of communication across contexts — interpersonal, social, political, economic, cultural and beyond place and time — and by means of various technologies. Through theory and practice, you will prepare for civic engagement beyond the classroom, in our highly mediated environment.

Note: Hamilton's faculty voted on March 4, 2014 to discontinue offering a concentration in communication effective with the students who graduate in 2016. Students may still opt to minor in communication.

A student’s layered interests and internships

Ian Rothenberg ’16 discovered unexpected interests at Hamilton College even within his communication major. He first took a communication course because he thought he’d like it and it would be useful for a career in public relations or journalism. “But at this point I’ve become much more interested in a lot of the theory and philosophical base behind communication studies,” he says. His interest in philosophy came as a surprise to him. Still, something important turned out as he’d anticipated: He gets to play plenty of music. He’s a bass player and music minor. “I wanted to be able study music without going to a conservatory so Hamilton’s Music Department, specifically the jazz program, really drew me here – because of Doc Woods,” he says. Music Professor Michael “Doctuh" Woods is a jazz bassist and composer.

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Sabrina Yurkofsky '15

Communication, psychology and an alumna’s path to the TV industry

As a Hamilton College student Sabrina Yurkofsky ’15 wanted to pursue a career in the television industry, and she majored in two subjects she thought would help her get there: communication and psychology. With help from the College Career Center, she did internships related to the field. And she received a prestigious Hamilton fellowship that allowed her to spend her senior year doing a research project to evaluate sexism on television and its effects on viewers. The work combined both disciplines. (Note: communication is now offered only as a minor at Hamilton.)

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