Majors and Minors Offered
In the Communication and Digital Media (CDM) Department at Carthage, a unique mix of written and oral tradition collides with visual media. We introduce you to the nature of human communication, while teaching you how to present, and how to create amazing visual content. We’ll help you discover the track that appeals most to you, but everyone will leave with a stronger, focused voice. And the world will listen.
Carthage offers majors in communication, graphic design, and public relations, and minors in communication and public relations. You’ll be trained in written, oral, and visual communication, with special emphases on ethics and electronic and digital media.
While you will develop the skills required for your chosen field, our goals go beyond technical proficiency. Students examine classical and contemporary theory as a foundation for a critical understanding of an increasingly mediated world.
Abundant professional experiences
The faculty of the CDM Department actively support students in finding appropriate internships that challenge and extend their classroom learning. Carthage’s location in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor — minutes from the corporate headquarters for such companies as SC Johnson, Jockey International, and Snap-On Tools — offers unique access to internships and jobs. Carthage students have recently held internships at such companies as Equity Creative, Remy Bumppo Theater, Weblinx, Pivot Design, WSSP The Fan, and Sports Radio.
All CDM majors are expected to demonstrate their intellectual grasp of the discipline, as well as their own artistic and communicative competencies, by successfully completing the senior capstone seminar, which involves a major thesis, project, or exhibition.
Carthage CDM majors develop excellent interpersonal communication, group problem solving, creative thinking, and organization skills, making them more competitive in the job market, no matter what career path they pursue. Employers consistently rank communication as one of the top skills they look for in potential employees. Recent graduates have gained employment or pursued graduate study in graphic design, public relations, media, journalism, sales, education, and law.
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“Communication Survey (CDM 1000) was my favorite class so far because I was able create and design many different projects. I designed a logo for Dr. Julio Rivera at Carthage and created a campaign with group members as well! These projects were long and required hard work, but I ended up creating things that I had no clue were within my level of work. This class always motivated me to learn more, ask questions, and keep designing.”
— Brittany Lee ’21