Media and Communication

College of Arts and Sciences

Why Media+Communication

"ETSU’s innovative academic program will help students improve their digital literacy to succeed in an increasingly competitive landscape." - Karen McCavitt, Adobe Education

Our expert approach is simple - DO THE WORK

The reason for "media+communication" is simple; combine theory with action leading to professional careers. We operate as a "private school" for a public university price. Our class sizes are small and we focus on project-based learning. We bring industry partners and experiences into our classroom to prepare you for lifelong careers. You will graduate as an a member of an exclusive community of media makers who make a difference in the world. Besides these reasons, I've outlined three important reasons to study with us below.

I would love to give you a tour or have you attend a class. I hope you will reach out to me if you have any questions.  

Department Chair: Stephen Marshall, Ph.D.

REASON #1: College should expose students to real-world work while still in the shelter of the college experience… and produce the portfilios to prove it!

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Our first-ever alliance with Adobe gives students the opportunity to learn with the same digital tools used by 45 out of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies and thousands of companies and media makers worldwide.

Not only will you work with Adobe tools (Creative Cloud & Marketing Cloud) but through your education experience you will be exposed to multiple industry partners providing you real experiences leading to real career outcomes. We believe in internships but we take it a bit further by adding the industry voice to nearly every class.

REASON #2: Internships, active-learning and employment during school are the two most important factors to employers in their hiring decisions

We bring the real world into the classroom regardless if you are a filmmaker, brand and social media strategist, media content specialist, media analytics professional, journalist, or digital marketing communication professional interested in public relations, advertising or media research. In class and out of class you have plenty of opportunities to grow with our wide variety of campus media opportunities and client partnerships. Students land great careers because of our education project partners. We would like to thank all of our industry partners and if you would like to be a partner please email Stephen Marshall.


We would like to thank all of our industry partners...

  • One Acre Café
  • ETSU Housing and Residence Life
  • ETSU Roan Scholars Leadership Program
  • Bucky’s Food Pantry
  • Town of Erwin, TN
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • ETSU BucTV
  • Habitat for Humanity of Unicoi County, TN
  • Chamber of Commerce of Elizabethton, TN
  • Sullivan County Humane Society
  • Alzheimer’s Association (Walk to End Alzheimer’s) 
  • Made in East Tennessee Film Festival
  • ETSU Center for Advisement and Student Excellence
  • ETSU Sherrod Library
  • The International Storytelling Center
  • Spine Health Institute
  • Washington County Economic Development Council
  • ETSU Honors College
  • TVA Employees Credit Union
  • SHARE-First Tennessee Development District
  • ETSU Department of Sustainability
  • Eastman Chemical
  • Bays Mountain
  • ETSU Advancement
  • ETSU Counseling Center
  • Starwood Hotels and Resorts
  • ETSU Athletics
  • City of Kingsport, TN
  • Amsurg/Envision Health
  • ETSU East Tennessean

REASON #3: Double your job opportunities while reducing your student loan debt...

According to Burning Glass Technologies (2013) coupling a field-specific skill set with the soft skills that form the foundation of a liberal education, liberal arts graduates can nearly double the number of jobs available to them.

Combine this with the low tuition rate of ETSU as well as our amazing scholarship opportunities and you have a path to financial freedom.

There are plenty of funding opportunities to help you stay out of debt while getting to your first great gig. For example, our exclusive Adobe Scholars Program provides a unique funding foundation while providing a platform to do the work. There are plenty of other options for you on our scholarship page.

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