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Civic Communication and Media


Degrees Available: Bachelor of Arts

Explore creative ways to foster civic engagement and make the most of your potential as a communicator.

Willamette students in the CCM studio

Find your voice. Whether you’re an aspiring writer, designer, journalist, community leader — you name it — Willamette will give you the knowledge and skills you need to shape the future.  

As a CCM student, you’ll explore how people communicate to create awareness and influence change. You’ll analyze rhetoric and media in civic life under the guidance of award-winning faculty. And you’ll have access to industry-standard technology for digital design and production in Ringe Media Lab and Studio I.

With an emphasis on civic engagement, your learning experiences will extend beyond our classrooms and labs. Our location across the street from the Oregon State Capitol and our proximity to downtown will give you opportunities to participate in state government, intern at communication and technology firms, and design media for local organizations. 

CCM alumni go on to graduate programs and careers in public policy, law, education, nonprofit leadership, marketing, technology research and design, and business management.

Featured Alumni and Faculty

Civic Communication and Media

Brandon Chinn '14

  • Internship in the Portland Trail Blazers public relations office prepared him for Celtics job
  • Wrote recaps, created a post-game show at internship with Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
  • Became a sports staff writer at The Collegian and an assistant sports information director at Willamette
Civic Communication and Media

Cindy Koenig Richards

  • Received a national teaching award for her use of experiential learning projects
  • Known for bringing civic engagement into the classroom through programs like Debate Watch, student-led small group discussions about the televised presidential debates
Willamette University

Civic Communication and Media

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.