The School of Communications has more than 850 students majoring in journalism, broadcast and new media, corporate communications and cinema. That's about 20 percent of Elon's student body. Our graduates have won Emmys, Pulitzers and Oscars.
Our modern home is the 48,000-square-foot McEwen Communications Building, equipped with digital television studios, a well-stocked professional video-editing complex and four digital media labs. The school provides free copies of the New York Times, USA Today, the Greensboro News & Record, and the Burlington Times-News to students every weekday.
Our teachers are rich in professional experience, including a Pulitzer Prize winner, top corporate communicators, a CNN veteran and a Webby Honors winner, and 80 percent have a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their discipline.
The curriculum emphasizes media convergence, and the School has its own Director of Internet Projects. Students use HD digital cameras, produce multimedia content in four Macintosh computer labs decked out with the newest software and hardware, and edit in suites equipped with the latest technology tools. There are no lab fees, and students can sign out top-line digital media equipment to use for free.
Our students each complete at least one required internship. Workplaces include NBC, National Geographic, MTV, Dreamworks and the Washington Post. Many students complete multiple internships. Some students complete an internship while enrolled in our London program and intern at international media companies headquartered there. Our Internship Coordinator makes site visits in Los Angeles, Washington and New York. We have a summer program in Los Angeles for students who intern and take classes there.
More than 70 percent of our students participate in study abroad by the time they graduate - one of the highest percentages in the nation. Communications professors lead trips to Europe, Asia and Australia; our professors teach in Elon's China program, and have led the university's Costa Rica program.
Our students are active in producing undergraduate research of significance, presenting their work annually at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, presenting in the undergraduate research forum at Elon and completing research projects for the public good in the region, the nation and internationally. Elon students have conducted research at or presented their work at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, Federal Communications Commission, the Broadcast Education Association conference and many other venues. Students compete for paid positions doing their own summer research projects.
Recent graduates live and work all across the nation, from Dreamworks in LA to MTV to the Washington Post, the New York Times and digital pioneer WRAL-TV in Raleigh.
The five computer labs and editing suites in the School of Communications use Macintosh computers only. Students are free to purchase any type of computer they would like, but if you are interested in purchasing a Macintosh, please visit the Elon University Apple Store. Apple offers exclusive deals and special low pricing through the Web site to faculty, staff and students with an Elon username and password.