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Benedictine's Department of Communication Arts offers a variety of opportunities for the serious-minded student interested in a career in mass media and related fields. Our program is designed primarily for the generalist, the savvy student who understands that twenty-first century communication fields demand people who are accomplished in a variety of areas of writing, editing and production. Our programs are both theoretically and practically based, preparing the student for the horizontal and vertical career moves they will likely make during their lives. The key to today's media environment is convergence and our programs prepare students for future career success.
In addition to undergraduate program in Communication Arts, the Department offers an interdisciplinary major in Writing and Publishing that combines coursework in Communications Arts and English Language and Literature. Communication Arts majors also have the option of pursuing a special concentration in Sports Communication. All students take courses in theory (law and media studies) and applied areas (journalism, digital media, web design, and public relations) and have the opportunity to pursue internships in the Chicagoland area, the country's third largest media market.
Students in all of our programs also have the chance to gain hands-on experience by working on the Department's many student media. Our annual print media publications include the DuPage Valley Review, an arts and creative writing publication; Room with a View, a creative writing publication; and the CommArts Chronicle, a departmental newsletter. Students may also work on the award-winning Benedictine student newspaper, The Candor, published weekly in either print or web form, and in video with Eye of the Eagle, the campus cable news magazine program produced six times a year.