From the Dean
For more than a century, the Diederich College of Communication has provided students with a well-rounded liberal arts background that reinforces valuable skills in writing, public speaking and critical thinking. With further emphasis on the ethical and moral questions facing communication professionals, students receive the foundation they need to become successful, ethically minded leaders in their places of employ and in their communities.
Our course offerings cross a wide range of disciplines that include strategic communication, digital media and performing arts, communication studies, journalism and media studies. Regardless of which fields they choose to study, all students engage with award-winning faculty, many of whom are accomplished scholars or professional artists.
We provide experiential learning opportunities that keep pace with the expanding multimedia landscape, and most students choose to participate in programs that further their success. We offer in-house media outlets where students learn how to use state-of-the-art equipment, an exciting mentor program within our alumni network and internships at agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations. Through these opportunities, students learn to apply their classroom experience in a professional context and receive guidance from industry professionals.
Our academic programs are rooted in Jesuit values, and many students choose to further this mission by completing internships at local non-profit organizations, dedicated to the wellness and betterment of our community.
I am proud to lead our college and encourage our faculty and staff to help further our mission and create a bright future for our students. I invite you to visit our website and discover how a degree from the Diederich College of Communication prepares students to become responsible citizens and successful industry professionals.
Sarah B. Feldner, Ph.D.
Dean, J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication
College Mission Statement
The Diederich College of Communication advances knowledge and prepares students for intellectual, artistic, professional and ethical leadership in a complex technological and multi-cultural world. The College uses a core of common knowledge, values and communication skills to improve understanding of communication as a cultural and social process and to develop the skills necessary for success in constantly changing information environments. Specifically, we are committed to learning centered on critical thinking, theoretical development, aesthetic judgment and evaluation, professional skills and standards, socio-cultural impact and relationships and the ethical and moral questions facing the field.
Undergraduate College Programs
- Advertising, BA
- Advertising, Minor
- Communication Leadership (C-Lead), Concentration
- Communication Studies, BA
- Communication Studies, Minor
- Corporate Communication, BA
- Corporate Communication, Minor
- Dance, Minor
- Digital Media, BA
- Digital Media, Minor
- Film and Media Studies, BA
- Film and Media Studies, Minor
- Graphic Design, Minor
- Health Communication, Minor
- Journalism, BA
- Music, Minor
- Public Relations, BA
- Public Relations, Minor
- Studio Art, Minor
- Theatre Arts, BA
- Theatre Arts, Minor
College of Communication Policies
Students in the Diederich College of Communication are expected to comply with the academic requirements and policies listed in the university section of this bulletin and must fulfill the graduation requirements stated in the bulletin issued the year they entered Marquette.
Students who interrupt their enrollment from the university, normally follow the degree requirements in the bulletin in effect during the academic year of their readmission. Policies and regulations that are in effect at the time of return apply to all students, regardless of the term of initial enrollment.
College of Communication Resources
The following resources are available to College of Communication students.
The purpose of the Marquette University Advertising Club is to promote better understanding of the functions of advertising, sales promotion and marketing communication; to stimulate and encourage advertising professionalism across the Marquette community through advertising education; to promote career possibilities in advertising; to apply the skills, creativity and energy of advertising in helping to solve social problems and to promote fellowship and the free exchange of ideas.
College Student Council
The Diederich College of Communication Student Council integrates social and academic student activities across the college. The council provides opportunities in a wide variety of leadership positions.
Lambda Pi Eta
Lambda Pi Eta is an honorary society that also serves as a service organization to the college and local community. It is sponsored by the National Communication Association and honors outstanding full-time undergraduate students who are currently pursuing a major or minor housed in the Diederich College of Communication. For eligibility, students are required to achieve a 3.250 GPA in their major or minor, a 3.000 cumulative GPA and have completed 12 credit hours in the major or minor. Benefits include the possibility of attending/participating in a regional communication conference and/or in the annual National Communication Association conference, as well as the privilege of being a member of the society.
Kappa Tau Alpha
A Marquette chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honor society for journalism and mass communication, was established at Marquette in 1929. Undergraduate students majoring in advertising, digital media, journalism and public relations who are in the upper ten percent scholastically in their junior or senior year are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the upper ten percent scholastically in their group who have completed 12 hours in journalism or mass communication are also eligible for membership. Selections are made annually.
Marquette University Players
The Marquette University Players invites participation by students from across the campus, regardless of major. Student members participate in studio productions each academic year.
Public Relations Student Society of America
The Marquette University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter provides students with a better understanding of public relations in a corporate as well as nonprofit setting. The club receives the professional guidance offered by the Wisconsin Chapter of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). As members of the PRSSA, students are able to actively participate within the professional ranks through field trips and attendance at PRSA functions. Membership is open to all students interested in public relations.
Society of Professional Journalists
The Marquette Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is affiliated with the national organization of SPJ and assists members in establishing professional journalism contacts, participating in professional meetings and activities and maintaining awareness of crucial issues in professional journalism.
Student media at Marquette operates out of the newly renovated, state-of-the-art facilities in Johnston Hall and provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to develop skills and gain experience creating multimedia content in different genres and using different storytelling tools and platforms. All student media operations are organized under the umbrella of the Marquette Wire (marquettewire.org) – a continuously updated website that also serves as a portal to the other divisions of student media, all of which are staffed and managed by students, with professional advice and some administrative assistance provided by a full-time faculty member. The College Media Association recently named the Marquette Wire one of the top five student media organizations in the country.
The Marquette Journal is a magazine published several times a year, both online and in print, that provides a platform for in-depth reporting, features, photography, fiction, poetry and graphic arts projects. The Journal seeks to promote creative expression and intellectual exploration while offering opportunities for students to gain experience in magazine editing, writing, design and production.
Marquette Radio (MUR)
Marquette Radio provides music, news, sports, talk and entertainment content that is streamed live via the Wire and is distributed to residence halls and other campus buildings via cable. Students gain experience in audio news production, announcing, program development and management. The staff also produces live radio play-by-play coverage of Marquette sporting events.
The Marquette Tribune has been the official campus newspaper since 1916 and has won hundreds of state, regional and national awards for excellence. It is published weekly during the school year and provides news, opinion, features and entertainment of interest to students, faculty, staff and alumni of the university. It also publishes long-form investigative articles. Much of its content also appears on the Wire and is regularly distributed via social media.
Marquette University Television (MUTV)
MUTV is an entirely student-run station that provides news, sports and entertainment programming to the campus community via campus cable channel 4.1, and to general audiences via the Wire and YouTube. Students use state-of-the-art facilities, including cutting-edge virtual set technology, to produce weekly half-hour news, sports and entertainment television programs. Students also produce live play-by-play broadcasts of sporting events throughout the year.
The Wire serves as the principal source of news, sports, opinion, entertainment and investigative content for the Marquette community. The staff takes a digital-first approach to news reporting and often breaks stories on the Wire and through the use of social media to provide readers with the timeliest information possible. Student media staff members also take advantage of this online platform to present stories blending text, audio, video and graphics.