Mass Communications

Mass Communications students shoot video

Our Program

The Methodist University Communications Department is a unique combination of talents and disciplines that take advantage of the flexible nature of modern communication technology and the benefits of a small private university. At Methodist University classes are small, which allows for a great deal of individual attention. Our lab facilities also operate in an open fashion, which means that students have virtually unlimited access to the technology they need. Our communication students produce numerous projects in their careers at Methodist University and they leave with skills that will serve them well. They are taught to solve problems and to be innovative and original. Their success stories speak for themselves.

What We Offer

The principles of communication never change, but they can be applied in diverse ways. The faculty at Methodist University complement one another in skills and backgrounds. Our professors have worked on movie sets both in front of and behind the camera. They are also skilled in audio production, radio announcing, public speaking, computer graphics, and all aspects of modern computer-based communication. They also have relationships with local media companies and can offer many possibilities for internships and job referrals. Success in any endeavor is never guaranteed, but the more skills one acquires, the better one’s ultimate position becomes.

The Course Structure

What do our graduates do? That depends entirely on them. Our program is intended to be flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of paths. We establish a core of general theory classes, but beyond that students may choose from a number of electives. Our students study advertising, video production, web page and multimedia design, graphics and animation, performance for the camera, radio production, print journalism, and much more. We also structure the prerequisites in such a way as to keep all courses open to the student whenever possible.

Internships

How do you learn communications technology? By using it. How do you learn to be a communications specialist? By being one. Our students have enormous opportunities for internships. They learn by doing in a variety of supervised environments. Ultimately many of our interns become full-time employees and have numerous opportunities to prove themselves. If one believes in one’s self, horizons always expand.

Contact the Mass Communications Program

Dr. Kevin Swift

Kevin Swift, Ph.D.

Chair, Communication; Associate Professor of Mass Communications
(910) 630-7066
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Dr. Kevin Swift
Kevin Swift, Ph.D.

Chair, Communication; Associate Professor of Mass Communications

B.A., Westminster College; M.A., Duquesne University; Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park

Bio:

Dr. Swift earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park in Journalism and Public Communication. Kevin is a veteran of broadcast news in many capacities. He worked as a writer/producer and reporter for several TV and radio stations in the Youngstown, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pa. area (WBZY, WKBN, WTAE and several cable stations). He also served as an anchor/reporter for the award winning news team at WVLK News in Lexington, Ky. Swift has worked extensively as a voice over artist for organizations such as The Red Cross, NPR/Health Beat, Ford and hundreds of local TV and radio spots. Before joining the faculty at Methodist University, Kevin taught at Catholic University, the University of Maryland and Missouri State University. His research interests include FCC policy and media literacy.

(910) 630-7066
Trustees 272A