Program Information

The program in Civic Communication and Media (CCM) focuses on communicative practices and technologies that foster engagement in civic life. Informed by theories and histories of public discourse, CCM courses are designed to develop thinkers who understand dynamics of communication and media change and who can apply their insights to contemporary problems.

Those who pursue the major or minor in Civic Communication and Media have the opportunity to explore how people devise and use media—whether speeches or tweets—to engage the world, to define and negotiate controversies, to construct identity and community, to develop and circulate arguments, and to effect change. In addition students who select this major will examine rhetorical practices through which individuals and groups establish, maintain and challenge structures of power in civic life.

CCM courses cultivate engaged practitioners who can analyze and work in multiple forms of communication, who are engaged in public life, and who contribute through research to public conversations about communication and media.

Students who entered the University in Fall 2013 or earlier may complete the Rhetoric and Media Studies (RHET) major as described in the 2013-14 catalog, or may choose to complete the new Civic Communication and Media (CCM) major. Those choosing to complete the new major must first consult the CCM department chair.

Students who entered the University in Fall 2014 or later will complete the new Civic Communication and Media (CCM) major.

Willamette University Debate Union

The Willamette University Debate Union debate program, housed in the CCM department, is available to any College of Liberal Arts students interested in intercollegiate debate competition. Work and competition is under the guidance of the Director and Assistant Director of Debate. For additional information see Willamette University Debate Union in this catalog.

Internships

Civic Communication and Media majors have the opportunity to participate in internships in political institutions and organizations, radio and television, newspapers, social and emerging media, non-profit organizations, and corporate communication. Students interested in internships should contact Professor Courtney Dillard, who is the internship coordinator, or their advisor.