Communication – Program Features

Project-Based Learning

The three emphasis areas of the Maryville Communication program – emerging media strategy and social media, strategic communication, and contemporary journalism – reflect the major areas of today’s media and communication environment. The program contains a strong mix of classroom and applied experiences. Students complete a 27-credit hour core and a portfolio defense along with their chosen area of emphasis.

At least one internship is required for graduation and up to three are recommended. The St. Louis region provides dozens of internship opportunities. Students enrolled in public relations and social media classes can apply that knowledge with an internship in corporate communications or nonprofit settings. They can use their classes in web design and search engine optimization in the marketing and advertising arena. Or they can apply their reporting, writing and editing skills in traditional media settings.

Because St. Louis is a vibrant hub of corporate, nonprofit, art, medical and academic institutions, networking and employment opportunities abound. Students network with local chapters of professional communication organizations such as the St. Louis Public Relations Association chapter and conduct research on a variety of subjects such as identifying emergency shelters for abused women and their pets. Recent Maryville communications graduates have secured positions as digital marketing assistant at Victor Technologies and communications coordinator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

This program is available online.

Professional Partnerships

Maryville is proud to work with numerous corporate and civic organizations in St. Louis and beyond through partnerships created in support of our academic programs and student opportunities. The list of the University's partners is long, impressive, and ever expanding: Rawlings, Mercy, St. Louis Public Schools, Parkway School District, Edward Jones, Northwestern Mutual, RGA, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and Maritz, just to name a few. Our partners provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on involvement in real-world projects, requiring them to hone market-ready skills even before they graduate. Students also experience a variety of work environments and develop a network of industry contacts through these partnerships, so Maryville graduates often have a competitive edge in the job market. In fact, many of our partners provide valuable internships—which can lead to full-time jobs with the firm or agency.