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Upcoming Events

Scholarship Week

April 24 - April 28

Scholarship Research Week celebrates the ongoing research and creative work conducted in our college, with speakers from our full breadth of subjects, including Journalism, Media Studies, Strategic Communication, Communication Studies, Performing Arts and Digital Media. The Brown Bag Lunch Series will take place from Monday, April 24 through through Wednesday, April 26 in the jPad. Each brown bag lunch event is from 12:00 – 1:00pm. See the Annual Research Symposium page for a complete lineup of our speakers.

Marta Mensa to Discuss Gender Stereotypes on Facebook in Mexico

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Marta Mensa, Santander fellow at National Autonomous University of Mexico, will join us on Wednesday, May 11 at 5:30pm in Johnston Hall 103 to discuss Gender Stereotypes on Facebook in Mexico. Dr. Mensa is currently a Santander fellow at National Autonomous University of Mexico, the largest university in Latin America. Prior to coming to Mexico City Marta was an Associate Professor at Piura University in Lima Peru for ten years. While in Lima she also worked as a digital content copywriter at Adretail.


May 21, 2017

Graduation is upon us! The graduation ceremony for the Diederich College of Communication will follow the university commencement on Sunday, May 21. The ceremony for our college will take place in the Cooley Auditorium at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) at 12 p.m. Visit our graduation webpage for additional details on ordering tickets and announcements. Faculty and staff would also like to extend our sincere congratulations to all of our graduates.

Big Ideas

Marquette Journal Students "Break the Silence"

The work our journalism students are doing on suicide prevention has caught the attention of WSIN. During this months-long project, students wrote about how suicide has affected them and were interviewed about their work. In sharing their highly personal stories, they hope to raise awareness of college-age suicides and to let their fellow students know that there are places to receive help for those struggling with suicidal thoughts. Their stories will be shared in multiple forms of media, including articles in the Marquette Tribune, stories on campus TV stations, podcasts, and PSAs that will be shared on the radio and television. Director of Student Media Mark Zoromski says the project “will all culminate in a live, televised town hall forum.” He adds, “I am so proud of our students!” For more, check out the WSIN story, “’Breaking the Silence:’ Journalism students launch effort to prevent college-age suicide.”

Student Film Wins Local and Regional Awards

Henry Willette’s short film “Closed Mondays” started out as a class assignment for his senior-level video production class but quickly caught the attention of judges at local and regional festivals. Last spring, Willette won the best writing category at the Marquette Student Film Festival, which is judged by industry professionals in Milwaukee. Spurred on by his initial success, he entered his film in regional festivals. Willette knew he only had a 10% chance of his film being accepted as an emerging filmmaker but has been pleasantly surprised by the results. “Closed Mondays” was shown at the Milwaukee Short Film Festival, with actors Matt Nichols and Sidney Johnson taking home awards for the best actor and best actress categories. By taking his responsibilities as a writer-director seriously, Henry Willette has given local actors the opportunity to shine and truly exemplifies what it means “to be the difference.”

The Spirit of Communication at Marquette

Senior Communication Studies major Shannon McCormick embodies the spirit of communication students at Marquette. Eloquent, committed to and excited about her chosen field, she loves to conduct interviews and talk to people. As part of her capstone course, McCormick completed a large research project to study alcohol use among teens. She interviewed high school and college students as well as adults, analyzed her findings and wrote a robust research paper that incorporated several areas of communication.

Like many communication students, McCormick balances multiple commitments between her two minors in Advertising and Public Relations and working as the Media Relations Assistant for MU Athletics. Her ability to excel academically while managing a rigorous work schedule will serve her well as she transitions from college life to her professional career.

Real-World Experience Comes to Sports Promotion Class

Dr. Jim Pokrywczynski, Associate Professor of Strategic Communication, is working hard to bring real-world experience to his students. This year, “Doc Pok” and the students in his Sports Promotion Class are working with Fox Sports University and the USGA to promote the 2017 U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills next June.

The students in the Sports Promotion class are tasked with the goal of increasing awareness and excitement of the U.S. Open in Wisconsin. They work in teams and present their ideas to Fox Sports and USGA executives, and their ideas may even be utilized during the campaign. The USGA and Fox both recruit interns out of this program, rewarding stand-out Marquette students the opportunity to jump-start their careers and take their participation in the FOX Sports U program to the next level.

Communication Disciplines: One College Eight Majors

As an undergraduate, you can choose from eight majors, from creative advertising and digital media arts to the strategic disciplines of corporate communication and communication studies. If you have an investigative skill set, you might enjoy journalism or media studies, whereas strong problem solvers often find their niche in public relations. And finally, actors, directors, and technicians gravitate to theatre arts, where they can perform center stage or work behind the scenes.

You may also enroll in our Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's Program that allows you to choose any of these majors and earn both your bachelor's degree and a master's degree in just five years.

Faculty Dedicated to Education and Research

From Strategic Communication to Theatre and Performing Arts, Diederich College of Communication faculty brings a wide range of theoretical and artistic skills to the classroom, while seamlessly weaving ethical and social justice considerations into conversations.

Dedicated to excellence in education, faculty members regularly attend conferences and teaching symposiums to further their own development as researchers and educators. Taking a collaborative approach, they readily share what they've learned with the college.

Meet the faculty here, learn what called them to Marquette, and see what their research is all about.