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Communication and Media Programs

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Whether your passion is in cinema, radio, television, journalism or esports, our curriculum allows you to focus on your interests while also exploring opportunities across disciplines.

Program Summary | Degrees Offered


Both the practical and theoretical studies of cinema and media arts are explored while gaining a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema. An environment geared towards artistic expression in our ever-changing world, this program encourages the formation of creative voices used moving images with technical training in multiple technologies. Cultivate your voice while studying for a career in the visual, media, audio and performing arts.

Communication Studies

Stated simply, the study of communication explores how our society exchanges information across different platforms and how those interactions affect us. Small class sizes and nationally recognized faculty members create the perfect environment to hone your skills as an effective interpersonal and organizational communicator. The Bachelor of Science offers six specializations for a wide range of career opportunities and for advanced studies, a Master’s degree and PhD program are offered.

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Be it sports, photojournalism, advertising or news, the many facets of journalism are open for exploration while earning a Bachelor of Science. Hands-on, practical instruction through the publications, workshops and projects at SIU combine with theoretical studies to provide professional-level training in this growing and diverse field. Several options exist for graduate and post-graduate studies for successful graduates of the journalism undergraduate program.

Mass Communications

After earning a bachelor’s degree in a Communication and Media program, a wide array of career opportunities await students who are passionate about the application and effects of communication through media.  With all platforms of communication currently at our fingertips, the study of mass communications is essential to the upcoming generation of professionals in cinema, radio, television, and digital media and journalism.  Master’s degree and PhD programs are available for students wishing to expand career opportunities or become researchers and faculty. 

Radio, Television, and Digital Media

For students interested in producing digital media, radio, television, or electronic journalism and sports news, a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television and Digital Media offers coursework to foster creativity in professions both behind the camera and in the public eye. Technical, hands-on training as well as analytical studies of current and historical trends in this field ensure a well-rounded education in all areas of specialization. The world-class facilities and instructors at SIU combine to guarantee a rewarding career after graduation.

Below you can find the program you are interested in and the degrees, minors, and online options offered for that program. You will see some programs have specializations (for undergraduate programs)/ concentrations (for graduate programs) listed. These are focused areas of study.
Program Bachelor's Master's Doctoral Minor Online
Cinema BA    
  • Cinema
  • Animation
  • Visual and Screen Cultures
Communication Studies BS MA PhD
  • Communication Studies
Public Relations BS        
Journalism BS    
  • Journalism
News-Editorial BS        
Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications BS        
Photojournalism BS        
Sports Media BS        
Journalism and Mass Communication BS        
Mass Communications   MA, MS, MFA PhD    
Radio, Television, and Digital Media BA    
  • Game Design and Development
  • Television Studies
Digital Media Arts and Animation BA        
Electronic Journalism BA        
Electronic Sports Media BA        
Media Industries BA        
Production: Radio/Audio BA        
Production: Television/Video Production BA