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Civic Communication and Media

Program Offered: Major, Minor

Civic Communication and Media (CCM) examines communication practices and technologies that foster engagement in civic life. Our courses are designed to develop thinkers who understand the dynamics of communication and who can apply their insights to contemporary problems.

CCM students have the opportunity to explore how people communicate to address issues, to construct identity and community, and to effect change. Through instruction from award-winning faculty, students learn to analyze rhetoric and and media at work in civic life. Through research and experiential learning, students transform knowledge into action, engaging contemporary issues in creative and tangible ways.

In their coursework, CCM students write scholarly research papers, make zines, and produce videos and podcasts. Students also have the opportunity to create media in CCM labs. Ringe Media Lab and Studio I give students access to industry standard technology for digital design and production. These spaces, designed by and for students, support creative engagement with course material and provide resources for independent projects and portfolios.

With an emphasis on civic engagement, learning also extends beyond classrooms and labs. Our department maximizes its location in Ford Hall, across the street from the Oregon State Capitol and the Oregon State Supreme Court. Students have opportunities to actively participate in state government, intern at communication and technology firms, and design media with local organizations. With their experiences both in and out of the classroom, CCM alumni go on to graduate programs and careers in technology research and design, public policy, law, education, non-profit leadership, marketing, and business management.

Brandon Chinn '14

From Bearcats to the Blazers & Celtics

On-campus opportunities opened doors to an NBA communications career for Brandon Chinn ’14.

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 Cindy Koenig Richards ’01

Professor Richards receives national award for teaching excellence

The civic communication and media professor was lauded for using civic engagement and experiential projects to help students learn.

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