Digital Media Major

Program Features

Future communications professionals must understand the internet in deep and complex ways. Students in the digital media major explore social media platforms (like TikTok), digital cultures (like online communities and vlogging) and online politics (like Gamergate). Xavier's degree in digital media emphasizes ethical and tactical uses of digital media so students can thrive in ever-changing professional and personal worlds.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Digital Media major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • Core 100: GOA............ 0cr.
  • Comm 101: (OC Flag) or Comm 123............ 3cr.
  • English Composition or Rhetoric
  • Second Language Elective............ 3cr.
  • Core 100: First-Year Seminar or Theo 111: Theological Foundations ............ 3cr.
  • Math 105 (Math at placement level) or Math 116 (Math Perspectives) ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Core 102: GOA ............ 0cr.
  • Comm 101: (OC Flag) or Comm 123 ............ 3cr.
  • Historical Persectives ............ 3cr.
  • Second Language Elective ............ 3cr.
  • Core 100: First-Year Seminar or Theo 111: Theological Foundations ............ 3cr.
  • Phil 100: Ethics as Introduction to Philosophy ............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Communication Arts Course ............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives ............ 3cr.
  • Phil 200: Philosophical Perspectives ............ 3cr.
  • Social Science Elective ............ 3cr.
  • Quantitative Reasoning Flag ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Comm 206: Writing Flag ............ 3cr.
  • English 205: Literature & Moral Imagination ............ 3cr.
  • Theology Perspectives (Theo 200+) ............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perspectives ............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective ............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Communication Arts Course ............ 3cr.
  • Communication Arts Course ............ 3cr.
  • Diversity Flag (Comm 323, 324 or other) ............ 3cr.
  • E/R & Focus Flag (Comm 477) ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Communication Arts Course ............ 3cr.
  • Communication Arts Course ............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Communication Arts Course ............ 3cr.
  • Communication Arts Course ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Communication Arts Course ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Digital Media major at Xavier:

Digital Design (COMM 235) - Practical, hands-on training in design software supports the strategic and creative development of digital content in several online formats and platforms.

Understanding New Media (COMM 247) - Make sense of online and digital media and their impact on society and culture. Study how the Internet impacts and alters communication processes, individuals, commerce and democracy.

Advanced Digital Media (COMM 321) - Engage academic and primary research to critique the formation and function of online communities. Develop and execute an independent research project.

Senior Seminar (COMM 489) - Integrate concepts and experiences throughout the Digital Media major and liberal arts core to develop an original project for a real-world client with deliverables that are suitable for student portfolios.

Clubs

Film & Television Club

Film and Television Club is one of the most valued media outlets at Xavier University, and it is run solely by students. FTC engages in film events, competitions, podcasts, trainings and supports a weekly news broadcast, which includes a sports segment, entirely produced by students. The broadcast takes place in conjunction with the Digital Innovation, Film and Television program, in the Film and Television Studio. The FTC is a multidisciplinary club bringing students together to build community, collaborate on projects and share the love of Film and TV. Students receive hands on experience working in a digital film and television studio and the programing provides niche content in the greater Cincinnati area.

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Outcomes

97% of students from Xavier's College of Arts and Science programs, including digital media, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Communications Specialist, Content Coordinator, Freelance Graphic Designer, Marketing Coordinator, Public Relations Manager, Recruiter, Social Media Marketing Assistant

Top Companies: American Airlines, Edelman, Maxim Healthcare Services, Public Relations Manager at Physna LLC, Kansas City Chiefs, GE Aviation, News America Marketing

Explore Xavier Alumni Outcomes

All For One

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Community Engagement for Digital Media Majors

Two digital media majors working on a project at a desk in a classroom

Communications professors practice community-engaged teaching. In these classes, students in the digital media major work on projects with local nonprofits or small businesses, simultaneously applying what they’re learning.


Community Engaged Learning

Student Involvement for Digital Media Majors

Students in the digital media major working on a group project around a table

Students in the digital media major can take what they learn in the classroom and apply that to a fun and engaging setting. Join one of the Communication student organizations to for an even more enriching Xavier experience.


Communications Student Organizations

Internship Opportunities for Digital Media Majors

Student earning their degree in digital media learning how to operate video equipment

Cincinnati is a major communications market. Available internships consistently outnumber communication students. Students get a head start on the future by gaining invaluable experience while earning their digital media degrees.


Going to College in Cincinnati

Digital Media Major at Xavier University

The Digital Media major at Xavier University focuses on the future of communication. Students develop their understanding of technology’s social and personal impact while using it to relate with audiences. The internet, despite being a resource that’s inevitable for almost any profession to rely on to some degree, can feel like a vast waste land of knowledge. Learn to break through the clutter with concise techniques and applicable digital strategies.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."