Janice Barrett, Ed.D.Chair of Communication; Professor of Communication
Office: Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts
Movies on demand. 24-hour cable news. Internet marketing and sales. What part of your life is not affected by the mass media? The Communication Department offers a major in Communication with six areas of concentration: Creative Advertising; Journalism and Media Writing; Multimedia and Web Design; Public Relations; Radio and Video Production; and Sports Communication. The department also offers minors in Communication and Sports Communication. Through a series of media studies courses, students learn about the functions and influences of the media, so that they enter the profession with an awareness of the cultural impact their work will have, as well as associated social and ethical issues regarding the roles and functions of the media in our society. In addition, consistent with Lasell's Connected Learning philosophy of education, communication majors will gain hands-on experience in and outside of the classroom throughout their four years of studies.
Students have numerous opportunities to work on class projects at our state-of-the-art Lasell College radio station, in programming, production, and promotions, in our high-tech digital video production suite, and in the studios of NewTV, Newton's community-access cable television station not far from the Lasell campus.
Students interested in print media can become involved in the 1851 Chronicle student newspaper or the award-winning campus fashion magazine, Polished. The communication major culminates in a capstone course in Media Literacy and a required professional internship. Lasell is ideally located for internship opportunities at some of the most prestigious media outlets and organizations in the country, such as The Community Newspapers, the Boston Celtics, the New England Patriots, Boston Herald, CBS4-TV, WMJX-FM (MAGIC 106.7), and the Arnold Worldwide advertising agency. Students gain valuable professional experience and significant contacts through internships and professional mentoring within the communication industry.
Upon graduation, students are well-prepared to pursue careers in the growing and exciting fields of communication from journalism, public relations and advertising to television, radio production and interactive multimedia. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication (with a concentration).
The Communication Department offers a Master of Science in Communication with two areas of concentration: Health Communication, Integrated Marketing Communication, and Public Relations.