Mass Communications Concentration
Launching with the Class of 2028, the Mass Communications Concentration prepares students to understand the ever-evolving power of media, media technologies and communications in daily life. Students learn to conduct complex quantitative social analyses, write clearly and engage others with compelling purpose. Students conduct multimedia storytelling with a sense of curiosity, developing intellectual tools to find answers to questions both now and in the future.
Who is a Mass Communications Tiger?
A Mass Communications Tiger is creative, detail oriented and highly communicative. A Mass Communications Tiger collaborates and uses active listening skills to understand the world around them, employing their advanced writing and public speaking skills to convey their thoughts in powerful and compelling ways. A Mass Communications Tiger may be behind the curtain or camera, capturing the latest news to publish in The Catalyst student newspaper or making a speech to run for class council to represent their peers.
Mass Communications Students Develop:
- Advanced written and interpersonal communication skills
- Compelling and polished public speaking skills
- A poised and articulate voice
- Creative self expression skills
- Multimedia communication skills (i.e. photography, videography, writing, editing, public speaking)
The Catalyst Student Newspaper
Leadership roles empower students to build communication skills in-action. NDB offers over 200 leadership positions in student government, boards, and professional clubs and organizations. Roughly half of student leaders are elected into their roles by the student body while the other half are selected based upon an extensive application and interview process.
My favorite class at NDB was Fr. Downey's English class. I learned how to develop my own writing style, take risks, and put my heart and soul on paper. It wasn't just about proper grammar and sentence structure—it was an art. In addition to Fr. Downey's mentorship, Michael McKenna's Current Events class inspired me to become a newspaper reporter. Peggy Brady's English class fostered a love of reading and telling a good story. After college, I became a newspaper reporter and editor. I loved every minute! My job eventually morphed into communications/media roles at Serra High School, the Nueva School and my current media relations position at Kaiser Permanente. When I look back on my career, I realize that it all began at NDB.
Collectively, the skills I learned at NDB and perfected at TCU have allowed me to become an asset within the sports and entertainment industry. After one year I have been promoted, led our team in evolving the guest experience, and personally hosted all-star musical talent, such as Joe Jonas and promoted the importance of women in these industries. I look forward to learning, mentoring, and evolving the sports and entertainment world. Notre Dame taught me to just go for it. You might meet failure along the way, but no matter what, everything happens for a reason. It also showed me that being around strong women and collaborating with others is beneficial to everything in life.
Notre Dame gave me a lot of skills in leadership, teamwork, project organization, public speaking and knowing how to ask the right questions that helped me through college and in my post-grad life. With caring and excited teachers, as well as a supportive and lively environment and a lot of incentive to work hard, Notre Dame was a great place to prepare me for my future.
At NDB, I was always encouraged to speak up, make mistakes, try new things, challenge myself, and be a go-getter. This made me fearless in college and starting my professional career. This propelled unbelievable passion, ambition, and growth that I continue to build upon today. There was also an unbelievable support system between faculty, staff, and fellow peers, which taught me the importance of community and its impact. Anything is possible when there is a sense of community and purpose, and I learned that at NDB.
There are a number of ways in which NDB prepared me in my career. I had the gift of experiences in collaboration and leadership that allowed me to be part of something bigger than myself and learned skills of working within a group to move something forward. Aquacades performances, cheer/dance, and my time on ASB all taught me early invaluable skills that allowed me to navigate a number of roles throughout my career.