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What will I learn?

As a Media Studies student, you will learn to write quickly, accurately and under deadline pressure. You will learn to conduct research using traditional and electronic sources. You will acquire a deep understanding of the ethical and legal responsibilities associated with being a communicator - whether in the newsroom or the marketplace. And you will develop a mastery of current technologies, including multimedia, digital photography, digital video and digital audio and social media.

Since today's journalist must be a generalist's generalist - a Renaissance person in an age of specialization - we insist that each student obtain firm grounding in the liberal arts. You’ll find that beyond teaching you specific essential skills, we also continually promote your broad and perceptive understanding of society.

As a St. Mike's "MJDA" major you'll gain basic journalistic skills such as news-writing, editing and information gathering, grounding in the ethical responsibilities of a professional communicator, awareness of connections among various technologies and the messages delivered through them, and international understanding (ideally including study abroad).

There are two versions of the Media Studies & Digital Arts major: one with a journalism concentration, and one without. Both versions combine the arts and sciences with hands-on communication skills, critical to our students as they learn to become effective communicators in our Information Age.

We focus on the research and analysis of all media types and styles-news, advertising, photography, film, magazines, radio, television, web, and wireless/mobile media. Most broadly, we explore important questions related to the impact and influences that media are having on all of us.


Some of our graduates are employed in newsrooms all over New England and beyond. Many other graduates are working in web design, film production, photojournalism, advertising, public relations, marketing, and politics (one of our graduates is the press secretary for the Senate Judiciary Committee). Some are doing jobs that weren’t even invented a decade ago, like Director of Social Media. Others have gone on to a range of graduate programs: law school, media studies, American studies, and other fields.

Recent MJD graduates have job titles like:

  • Journalist
  • Associate Editor
  • Entertainment Editor
  • Editorial Developer
  • Communications Specialist
  • Digital Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Technical Writer

Journalism Concentration:

Students who want to pursue the major in Media Studies & Digital Arts with a concentration in Journalism should take the following two courses to fulfill two of their 200-400 level requirements.

Which department am I in?

Saint Michael's College

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$46,175.00 per year
Start date

18 January 2021


Saint Michael's College

One Winooski Park,



05439, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Application must have completed a high school record and strength of college preparatory curriculum (including the senior year of high school). Applicants should have at least sixteen Carnegie Units of college preparatory course work in high school including some combination of the following (in order of importance). Four years of English; While courses like speech and other English electives are interesting, students are recommended to take those in addition to (not as replacements for) English courses with a strong emphasis on writing and the reading of literature. Two to three years of the same foreign language; A minimum of two are required, but it is highly recommended that applicants pursue as many years of language as possible. Three to four years of theoretical mathematics; Three to four years of science, including at least two lab sciences; Three to four years of history and social sciences.

For international students

Students must complete their high school from a recognized institution.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS - 6.5

TOEFL (IBT) - 79

Cambridge - C1

Duolingo - 110

Application Deadlines for Fall Semester: June 7; for Spring Semester: November 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.