Digital Media Major

Program Features

Future communications professionals must understand the internet in deep and complex ways. As a student in the digital media major, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of social media platforms, online communities and digital technologies while honing your creative skills in content creation and digital design. Classes in this program are focused on real-world learning and the ethics of digital media practices, so you’ll graduate with a polished portfolio and the skills needed to succeed in a rapidly-changing digital world.

Xavier University, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, is nationally recognized as a top university by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Forbes. 98 percent of our students, including those in the digital media major, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduation (Class of 2021).

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

98% percent of our students, including those in the digital media major, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduation (Class of 2021).

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

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.

Cincinnati: A City of Opportunity

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Cincinnati, Ohio features some of the largest companies in the world, which means students in the digital media major have countless opportunities for careers, internships and mentorships at places like Kroger, Procter & Gamble, Macy’s, Fifth Third Bancorp. The city is ranked the #1 Best City for College Graduates (smartasset.com) and the #15 Best Place to Start a Career (WalletHub).


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What is Jesuit Education?

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A Xavier education is more than your typical college experience. Drawing on a Jesuit Catholic educational model 400 years in the making, students in the digital media major get the personal attention and support they need to succeed. The result is an education that’s as encouraging as it is challenging, and as enriching as it is demanding.


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Xavier Rankings and Recognitions

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Xavier University has been ranked among the top 10 best Midwest Regional Schools by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America." Explore how Xavier’s top-ranked academic programs continue to distinguish themselves among the nation’s best.


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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."