Learning beyond the classroom

student at theatre control panelFew majors offer more opportunities for co-curricular involvement than mass communications and media studies - a fact that is obvious from the moment you arrive at the university. One of the advantages of choosing Lander is that you won't have to wait until your junior or senior year to get your feet wet in journalism, publications or media production.

Your training will be packed with opportunities to identify and develop your individual talents, whether it's production in radio, television and print journalism, web design, speech or performance. More information on career opportunities.

Opportunities include:

  • Joining the staff of LUX TV, the university television station; XLR-Lander Radio, the campus radio station; and The Forum, newspaper. Learn more about Lander Media Outlets.
  • Taking part in the annual Lander Film Festival and Student Short Film Competition.
  • Getting involved with the South Carolina Press Association, South Carolina Broadcasters Association, or the Speech Communication Association.
  • Interning with area community theatres, radio and television stations, newspapers or advertising and print agencies.
  • Taking advantage of opportunities to study abroad, to participate in a semester in Washington, or to participate in the Disney College Program. 

mass communications interviewLife after Lander

The fields of media and communication can be highly competitive, but the fact is many people establish successful and rewarding careers in communications and entertainment - and you don't necessarily have to move to New York or California to land those jobs.

After completing their undergraduate studies at Lander, our students have gone on to earn Master's and Ph.D. degrees. Some have found homes in newsrooms in Greenville, Savannah, Ga., and Asheville, NC. Others are working as managing editors, account executives, webmasters and production engineers with businesses and agencies across the nation. Still others have ventured onto stages and movie sets from Atlanta to Los Angeles, and some have used their skills to help others as teachers and speech pathologists.


Department Awards

Awards are granted annually to outstanding university students from all disciplines during a ceremony each spring.

Forum Award: Awarded to a student on the Forum student newspaper staff who demonstrates leadership, professionalism, and excellence in journalism.

LUX Award: Awarded to LUX content producers or team members who demonstrate excellence in teamwork, creativity, and skilled craft.

Media and Communication Discipline Award: Given annually by the media and communication faculty to the most outstanding senior majoring in media and communication as evidenced by high academic achievement, leadership, and promise in the field of media and communication. The recipient must be expected to graduate within one calendar year of the award ceremony.

Speech and Performance Award: Given to a student in the media and communication program who has shown outstanding creative initiative in the areas of speech and or performance.

XLR award: Given annually by the media and communication faculty to the student who best demonstrates outstanding performances with audio in and outside of the XLR studio and values equal to XLR standards, as evidenced by character traits, audio techniques, and projects.