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New Degree in Communication Studies - New Media at LIU Riverhead

Upper-division B.A. in Communication Studies – New Media offers skills essential in every field;
classes begin in September, applications being accepted


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Riverhead

Riverhead, N.Y. -- An upper-division bachelor's degree in communication studies will be offered at LIU Riverhead beginning in September 2011. The B.A. in Communication Studies -- New Media is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on advanced writing and communication and is the second undergraduate degree offered at the Riverhead location.

Emerging media is one of the fastest growing career fields. Nearly all businesses, non-profits, schools, municipalities, government agencies, and organizations seek individuals with the knowledge and skill to communicate effectively in the evolving media landscape, providing graduates with many job and career opportunities.

“The ability to communicate in a compelling and clear manner on a variety of platforms is an essential skill that is highly sought after in nearly all professions and graduate academic disciplines,” said John Brush, assistant professor and director of liberal arts education. “The B.A. in Communication Studies -- New Media program delivers a curriculum that covers a range of disciplines, giving graduates of the program with a well-rounded knowledge base.”

Courses in the new program include Technology in Education, New Media and Society, Interpersonal Communication in the Digital Age, Emerging Media Applications, Advertising and Public Relations, New Media Literacies, Digital Storytelling, Business Communication, Gaming and Society, Media Law, Advanced Professional Writing, Communication Research Methods and Oral Communication and Presentation. Students will have the option to complete a communications internship where they will work in a professional environment.

The new degree program will offer the junior and senior years of the B.A. in Communication Studies -- New Media. Students with an associate degree from Suffolk County Community College may seamlessly transfer into the program. Students transferring from other colleges will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

A portion of the program can be taken in a blended learning format, with fewer classroom meetings and more online coursework than traditional classes.

Located on the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College, LIU Riverhead is a unit of the private, multi-campus Long Island University. Founded in 1926, it is one of the largest and most comprehensive private universities in the United States.

The new program will be the second undergraduate degree program at LIU Riverhead, which has offered master's degrees and graduate-level certificates since its founding in September 2006. An upper-division Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education was launched in September 2009.

LIU Riverhead offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and certification in subjects including childhood education, teaching students with disabilities and literacy education. Also offered is the Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, which expands employment opportunities for teachers and presents a promising option for those seeking a professional career change.

LIU Riverhead is the home of the Homeland Security Management Institute, which offers a 36-credit Master of Science and a 15-credit Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management – both in a fully online, asynchronous format. Taught by leading figures in the military, law enforcement and security fields and designated by Congress as a DHS Homeland Security Center of Excellence, the HSMI's programs are among the best in the nation.

Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2011 semester. For more information or to apply, call the Admissions Office at
(631) 287-8010, visit or email

Posted 07/01/2011

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