Augustana offers a major and minor in multimedia journalism and mass communication.
The program offers the conceptual and hands-on skills to succeed in the 21st-century media environment.
Students tackle assignments that help equip them with the ability to tell stories across multiple platforms. They encounter the fundamental roles and purposes of journalism in democratic society, and the place of these roles in the age of blogs and social media.
Outside the classroom, students are encouraged to think big. From working with members of Congress to hosting a weekly Spanish-language television program, students take what they learn in class and apply it to internships.
On campus, students hone their skills in a range of activities, including the award-winning Observer student newspaper, the student-run campus radio station WAUG, the on-campus NPR station WVIK, Augustana's Photo and Video Bureaus, the Entrepreneurial Edge Center, and Ads (Advertising Developers), Augustana's chapter of the American Advertising Federation.
The department is housed in Old Main, the central academic building on campus. The 1889 building underwent a $13 million renovation in 2013. Communication studies and multimedia journalism students take classes in a 20-computer multimedia Mac lab and benefit from other freshly updated spaces. Student media are clustered together on the same floor, with new, dedicated spaces for The Observer and WAUG.
Faculty offices are clustered nearby the classrooms and student media rooms, making informal interactions with students a central part of the department's atmosphere. Sitting areas for informal meetings and computer kiosks are interspersed among the offices and classrooms.