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Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles,CA 90077
The Literature, Communication & Media (LCM) Department allows students to explore the richness, range, and complexity of the humanities through studies of Communication, Film, Literature, Music, and Theatre, with special attention being played to a firm grounding in the written word. The department is committed to students themselves becoming effective communicators, and therefore emphasizes the development of creative and critical expressive skills, both oral and written. This department offers the following major and minor: Literature, Communication & Media: Special concentrations are offered in: Literature Communications Theater Through the study of literature, communication, and media (theatre, film, the arts), students in the LCM department examine both their cultural heritage and the role of the mass media in reflecting and shaping the values of the contemporary world. Majors are able to analyze, interpret and evaluate the social, ethical and intellectual implications of texts, whether written, performed, or electronic. They are trained to become articulate communicators, able to express their creative vision, critical judgments and the results of their own research, through writing, speaking, performance and/or other modes of communication. LCM students are encouraged to become aware of their own basic assumptions, able to think creatively and to collaborate successfully as leaders and as part of a team. With an enthusiastic respect for artistic expression and an inquiring, self-aware mind, majors develop professional discipline, a critical awareness of our complex information environment, a sense of social and ethical responsibility, a collaborative attitude, confidence in self-presentation and oral and written communication skills, and, ideally, a creative and courageous imagination. Students who graduate from the department may apply the skills learned in courses to a variety of work and social environments. Alumni have entered gone on to law school, and to professionals involving administration, global communication, politics, and organizational management; elementary, high school, and college teaching; film production, public policy, communications consulting and management, publishing, educational psychology, librarianship; educational media design, real estate development, and the rabbinate (Reform, Conservative and Orthodox). The department has an excellent record of graduate school admissions, including, for example, Harvard School of Education, University of Michigan Law School, UCLA Law School, Cal State MA programs, Brooklyn College MA Program, Jewish Theological Seminary MAED and Rabbinical Programs, USC Screenwriting, USC Public Policy, and the Annenberg School of Communications at USC. Opportunities for Creative Expression As part of its commitment to encouraging students’ creative expression, the Department offers students opportunities to participate in its experiential courses, such as Acting/Directing, Creative Writing, the College Chorus, College Theatre Company, Cymbals - the literary/arts annual, and the campus (newly digital) newspaper. Internships Qualified students may apply to the Department Chair for off-campus internships designed to help them develop their particular area of interest in fields such as theatre, film, education, publishing, journalism, law, and librarianship. Students who maintain an average of B+ or better in the Department qualify for nomination to the prestigious Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Society of which the Department is a member.
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