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Indispensable Skills

Creative thinking and storytelling are essential skills today. In every field, the most successful people and organizations know how to tell their stories clearly and persuasively. They know how to think outside of conventional boundaries and create new ways of reaching an individual or audience. It’s easy to see the importance of these skills in the media and entertainment industries. But you also see it in businesses that have created successful brands; in politics, where advocates try to win voter “mindshare”; in organizations that help people and communities advocate for themselves; and in clinical practice, where specialists help individuals with communication challenges.


Founded in 1880 as a school of oratory, Emerson has evolved to become a leader in modern communication while staying true to our roots. Like their predecessors, today’s Communication Sciences and Disorders students study the foundations of communication—which now encompass the biology, psychology, and cultural basis of speech, language, and hearing.

With its strong focus on communication and the arts, Emerson can prepare you for all these fields and many more. In fact, our academic programs read like a roadmap for modern forms of expression: • • • • • • •

Performing Arts Visual and Media Arts Writing, Literature and Publishing Journalism Marketing Communication Communication Studies Communication Sciences and Disorders

Emerson’s programs equip you with broad, versatile communication skills and professional-level work experiences that are critical to your career success and highly valued by employers today.

What sets Emerson apart? We devote all our resources to communication and the arts. This disciplined focus allows us to attract top faculty, develop outstanding facilities, incorporate new technologies into the learning experience, and create one-of-a-kind opportunities for our students. An Emerson education is inspiring. You’ll spend four years surrounded by talented people who love what they do, are very good at it, and generously share their knowledge. The effect is contagious. You’ll work hard, learn quickly, and produce compelling work of your own. An Emerson education is challenging. You’re encouraged to grow intellectually, creatively, and professionally. Through the liberal arts, you explore events and ideas from many viewpoints, bringing perspective to your creative work. In career-oriented courses,

you master timeless storytelling techniques, using the latest tools to express your ideas with impact. Emerson is a place for doers. You put your classroom learning into action every day, through assignments, student activities, and internships (more than 2,300 students take part in internships each year). As a result, you gain wide experience producing professional-quality work. Boston is the backdrop for your Emerson education. Our downtown campus is only a short walk or subway ride away from world-class arts and cultural institutions, great dining and shopping, historic landmarks, spectacular green spaces, and top-ranked professional sports teams. With close ties to the city, Emerson offers internships in many key industries.



The liberal arts and sciences are not a warm-up act for your career education. They provide the foundation and framework for that education, which is why they are interwoven with your major courses throughout your undergraduate years. Studying these disciplines prepares you for today’s dynamic industries and makes you a more flexible, adaptable professional. History provides a context for journalists to portray current events. Philosophy prepares creative artists to grapple with themes of personal freedom and social responsibility. Literature, psychology, and sociology enhance understanding of human behavior. The sciences affirm that curiosity and rational inquiry are essential to progress. And multicultural courses provide insight to traditions and viewpoints that are outside your own experience.

Expand Your Horizons

• As an incoming freshman, you may apply for a spot in our competitive Honors Program. • Many upper-class students pursue off-campus study through our programs in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Europe, and Asia. • With service learning, you apply your career skills while giving back to the community through projects and volunteer work.

The liberal arts also strengthen your powers of expression. You learn to observe, reflect, and analyze; to communicate effectively and argue persuasively; and to weigh choices and make ethical decisions in your work and personal life.




Theory Meets Practice

Courses for your major emphasize career preparation. The curriculum strikes a balance between theory and practice that few institutions can match. Starting in freshman year, you learn about the history, concepts, and methods that underlie your discipline. You’re also immediately swept into Emerson’s exhilarating culture of production, collaborating on projects that grow in significance over time. A few examples: our students participate in live theater performances and state and national political campaigns. They create films and documentaries, write and produce for the campus media, and stage major events such as the EVVYs, Emerson’s version of the Oscars.

The College brings nationally known figures to the campus and classroom, allowing you to connect with leaders in your field. Through internships, you gain work experience with top organizations. These range from the Washington Post to the Cato Institute, from the Boston Celtics to Miramax Films, from Betsey Johnson to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, from the American Repertory Theater to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center. With all these experiences, Emerson graduates build successful careers. These include: Actor. Advertising creative director. Animator. Audiologist. Brand manager. Cinematographer. Community activist. Educator. Entrepreneur. Filmmaker. Journalist. Lighting designer. Market researcher. New media consultant. News anchor. Novelist. Poet. Political aide. Public relations executive. Radio host. Reporter. Researcher in communication disorders. Screenwriter. Sound designer. Speech-language pathologist. Stage manager. Teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing.

AND CAREER PREPARATION Up Close and Personal Many leading figures came to campus in 2010. Guests included: master puppeteer Basil Twist; journalist Gwen Ifill; Harlan Lane, winner of a MacArthur Foundation “genius award” for his work on deaf culture and sign language; Pulitzer Prize winner Claudia Emerson; National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman; Gizmodo founder Peter Rojas; Project Runway finalist Korto Momolu; Boston mayor Thomas Menino; Cuban painter and sculptor Martha Jimenez; renowned theater director Peter Sellars; and author Frank B. Wilderson III.


Being gifted communicators, they know how to hold your attention in the classroom. They model the skills you need to be a successful storyteller: understanding the audience, using the right tools to capture people’s attention, and conveying their message in an unforgettable way.

Power Your Career

At Emerson, you learn from the very best. Our faculty members, adjuncts, and professionalsin-residence are highly accomplished practitioners with deep experience in their areas of specialty. They include executives from major networks and studios, award-winning filmmakers, internationally known journalists, leading researchers in communication disorders, acclaimed authors and publishers, senior professionals in marketing, branding and public relations, national leaders in communication studies, and other influential experts within their fields.

Best of all, your teachers are accessible. They lead small, informal classes, where there’s plenty of dialogue and debate. They know your name, take an interest in your success, and act as mentors, providing advice, insight, and professional connections. Some may invite you to assist on their projects or research, and after you graduate become your colleagues, collaborators, and friends.

Connections That

FACULTY Faculty Awards and Honors Faculty members have been honored as: • Winners and finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and many other literary prizes • Emmy, Oscar, Tony, and OBIE award winners and nominees • Former Fulbright scholars and professors, Guggenheim and Nieman fellows, and MacArthur Foundation grant recipients • National Institutes of Health and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant recipients • Winners of the Independent Spirit Award, the Gracie Award, the Sundance Film Festival Filmmaker’s Trophy, the George Polk Award, the Golden Mike Award, and numerous teaching awards You can read faculty profiles and learn more about their accomplishments on our website,


Pictured here are some of Emerson’s many successful young alumni. Other notable alumni are highlighted in the program summaries on pages 6 to 19 and on our website.

Because of the excellent preparation Emerson offers, a high percentage of our graduates enter their chosen field right out of school. They build careers marked by meaningful work, rewarding collaborative relationships, and recognition for their achievements.

Joseph Bwarie ‘99, playing lead role in the touring production of Jersey Boys

The best evidence of their success is Emerson’s vibrant alumni network, which spans all 50 states and more than 75 countries. Our graduates are a strong presence in the performing arts, literature and publishing, advertising and marketing, the news media, business, politics, fields related to communication disorders, nonprofit organizations, and the entertainment industry. You will find them everywhere in a variety of roles influential to their industries.

Ana Gabbidon ’09, special assistant to Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley

AND ALUMNI Alan Schoolcraft ’95 and Brent Simons ’97, screenwriters, Megamind

Morgan First ’06, one of Inc. magazine’s “30 under 30: Coolest Young Entrepreneurs”

Emerson alumni are deeply involved in the school, and they help open doors for you. As the Boston Globe reported, “The number of Emerson graduates who have not only found work...but are wielding significant influence, has exploded in the worlds of television, film, the web, and publishing. And the biggest reason is the willingness of the big-name graduates of the small liberal arts college to take care of their own.” Brendan McCarthy ‘04, reporter, New Orleans Times-Picayune and a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist


Tamika LeRay ’09, winner of the Student Research Award, National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing

Seth Grahame-Smith ’98, author and screenwriter, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

At Emerson, we like to say, “Don’t make your career in theater. Make your life in theater, and the career will take care of itself.” Here, you cultivate that life by joining one of the largest and most influential theater degree programs in the country. More important, you’re joining Emerson’s tightly knit theater community, which will help you develop your craft as a student, find your place in the profession, and sustain your lifelong love of and involvement in theater. You benefit from Emerson’s spectacular studio, production, and performance facilities, many of them recently built or renovated. In fact, we own more theaters and theater seats than any other organization in Boston. Our facilities include the 1,200-seat Cutler Majestic Theatre, the multiuse Paramount Center, and a state-of-the-art design technology and makeup suite.

You are taught and mentored by respected theater scholars and award-winning actors, directors, designers, and composers— many of whom have worked on Broadway and in national tours and regional theaters. Whether your focus is on-stage performance or off-stage production, your role is that of an apprentice and collaborator.

PERFORMING Degrees and Specializations

Exceptional Opportunities

• Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Acting Musical Theatre Stage Production/Management Theatre Design/Technology • Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts Theatre Education Theatre Education: Acting Theatre Studies Theatre Studies: Acting

• Emerson Stage, the production arm of the Performing Arts Department, annually produces 8 to 10 fully staged, student-performed productions. The 2010–2011 schedule includes Nine, Man of La Mancha, and Bud, Not Buddy. • ArtsEmerson showcases theater, film, and music performances from around the world and brings theater legends and pioneering artists into Emerson classrooms. • Our students frequently appear in professional productions of Boston-area companies, including the Huntington Theatre and the Lyric Stage.

Emerson’s newly renovated Paramount Center houses a 590-seat art deco theater, a 125-seat black box theater, the state-of-the-art Bright Family Screening Room, a scene shop, rehearsal studios, and practice rooms.


A Life in Theater

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Department Chair Melia Bensussen has won the OBIE Award for Outstanding Direction and the Princess Grace Foundation’s Award for Sustained Excellence in Directing.

Fundamentals of Directing: Through script analysis and practical exercises, learn the core techniques directors use to communicate with actors and the audience.

American Repertory Theater

The Girlie Project, promoting female performers, writers, and directors in the world of comedy

Jennifer Coolidge, film and TV actor, Legally Blonde, American Pie, and Best in Show

Kidding Around, a theater group that performs unique, interactive theater experiences for children on campus and at local schools

Mario Cantone, actor and comedian, Sex and the City

Musical Theatre Society, providing opportunities to participate in outstanding musical productions, including cabaret and a major musical at Emerson’s Cutler Majestic Theatre

Bonnie Comley, Tony award-winning Broadway producer, writer, and actor

Robbie McCauley is a performance artist, playwright, and director who has won OBIE and AUDELCO awards. Kenneth Cheeseman’s career spans prestigious regional theaters (American Repertory Theater and Trinity Rep), film (Mystic River, Shutter Island), and television (The Good Wife, Law & Order). Our faculty includes the 2010 Classical Foundation Composer of the Year, winners of numerous theater awards, and respected theater educators.

Stagecraft Laboratories: Study technical crafts such as scene construction, lighting, costumes, and makeup prosthetics in preparation for advanced study. Musical Theatre Repertoire: Learn how to prepare for musical theater auditions and build a repertoire of audition material. Advanced Acting for the Camera: In preparing to work on camera, students focus on improvisation, monologues, and scene work.

Huntington Theatre Company The Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Blue Man Group Glimmerglass Opera Festival Boston Lyric Opera Boston Ballet The Eugene O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference Berkshire Theatre Festival 50+ arts programs in Boston-area schools


Shakespeare Society, exploring and performing the Bard’s works through discussion groups and production work

Paul Tetreault, producing director, Ford’s Theatre

Lisa Pinkham, lighting designer, San Francisco Opera Amy Mark, stage manager, Blue Man Group/Las Vegas Betsy Morgan, actor, Broadway productions of A Little Night Music, The Little Mermaid, and High Fidelity

The media arts—film, TV, and interactivity— are at a crossroads. New modes of expression, combined with rapidly evolving technology and distribution formats, are creating extraordinary opportunities for you as a contemporary media artist. At Emerson, you are immersed in a wide range of media forms and production techniques, preparing you to create great work, whether in narrative or non-narrative forms. You study under the guidance of groundbreaking scholars and award-winning professionals—filmmakers, writers, directors, producers, designers, digital media artists, and motion photographers—many with major network and studio credits. They spur you to develop your artistic voice, technical skills, and collaborative style.

You gain extensive hands-on experience working for Emerson’s award-winning student media organizations. In addition, Boston is one of the nation’s top five media markets and a popular location for shooting feature films, so there are many opportunities for internships and freelance assignments.

Emerson’s first-rate facilities and technology help you realize your creative vision. Resources include a professional-quality television studio and control room; a sound stage; audio production studios and editing suites; and post-production facilities for film, video, and new media.

Beyond the city, our most talented students attend prestigious industry events. For example, seven were accepted into the 2010 Creative Minds in Cannes program, designed to boost the careers of promising newcomers in film and television. The College is also developing partnerships with selected film festivals, where our students attend and submit their work.

VISUAL AND Exceptional Opportunities

• Emerson students worked on Ben Affleck’s box-office hit The Town, which was filmed locally, and on the Anna Faris comedy What’s Your Number?, to be released in 2011. • For the last three years, a group of undergraduates has attended the Austin Screenwriters Conference, part of the Austin Film Festival. • The semester-long Los Angeles Program offers internships at major studios and networks and opportunities to connect with Emerson alumni in the industry.

Degrees and Specializations

• Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Media Arts Animation Audio/Sound Design Cinematography Directing Documentary Production Experimental Media Production Filmmaking Interactive New Media Media Studies Producing Radio Screenwriting Television Production


• Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual and Media Arts Note: In your junior year, you may apply for entry to our competitive Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

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Department Chair Jonathan Wacks has directed feature films and independent films (Powwow Highway, nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards). He served on the selection committee of the Writers’ Program at the Sundance Institute.

Writing the Feature Film: Learn what it takes to write for narrative feature-length films. You focus on structure, character, conflict, scene writing, and dialogue.

20th Century Fox

Frames Per Second, a student-run organization dedicated to teaching professional film production

Dawn Steinberg, executive vice president, talent and casting, Sony Pictures Television Denis Leary, producer, writer, and actor, Rescue Me

Motion Graphics: Gain a working knowledge of motion graphics and visual effects, including design, artistic concepts, and technologies.

The Colbert Report

Emerson Independent Video, providing hands-on experience in television production

Jay Cocks is a renowned film critic and screenwriter whose credits include Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York. Eric Gordon is a game designer with an interest in digital communities. He received a MacArthur Digital Media and Learning grant. Cristina Kotz Cornejo is an independent filmmaker whose debut feature film, 3 Américas, premiered at the 2007 Woodstock Film Festival.

Business Concepts for Modern Media: Follow the strategy, planning, and implementation of media projects, from conception through release and distribution.

Comedy Central HBO Entertainment The Daily Show

WGBH-TV: Frontline, Antiques Roadshow Walt Disney Productions Miramax Films Powderhouse Productions

WERS-FM, ranked by the Huffington Post as one of the 9 best college radio stations in the country for 2010 spec, a forum on screenwriting that hosts workshops and performance-style readings

Warner Brothers

Doug Herzog, president, MTV Networks Entertainment Group Lucia Cottone, vice president, series development and current programming, Lifetime Entertainment Services Todd Greenwald, executive producer, Wizards of Waverly Place Stacy McKee, screenwriter, Grey’s Anatomy

Directing Image and Sound: Zoom in on the director’s role, with emphasis on developing creative approaches to the script, image, and sound design.

Visual Impact

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The Written Word

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Department Chair Steve Yarbrough is a fiction writer whose many awards include the California Book Award and selection as a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

Novel into Film: Explore how novels are adapted for film by studying the work of renowned writers and directors, such as Ken Kesey and Stanley Kubrick.

The Atlantic Monthly

The Emerson Review, an annual literary publication featuring fiction, poetry, interviews, and photo essays

Thomas Lux, poet and professor, with 12 collections to his credit

Jabari Asim is editor-in-chief of The Crisis, the NAACP’s journal of politics and ideas. A former Washington Post editor, he has authored 10 books.

Modern Poetry and After: Trace modern and postmodern traditions in the work of poets from Eliot, Stevens, and Auden to Moore, Lowell, and Bishop.

Pablo Medina is an award-winning poet, novelist, and translator. His 11 books include the novel The Cigar Roller, a 2005 Book Sense Notable selection. Faculty members have published more than 100 books. Honors include Guggenheim Fellowships, NEA grants, and selection as Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists.

Magazine Writing: Develop, research, and write nonfiction articles for commercial markets. Book Design and Production: Learn the fundamentals of book design, including typography, images, prepress, and manufacturing.


Sony Music Boston magazine Film Arts Network Houghton Mifflin Harcourt The Harvard Common Press Bedford/St. Martin’s Brill Academic Publishers Barefoot Books

Gauge magazine, showcasing innovative design, photography, and writing Stork, a fiction journal dedicated to demystifying the publishing process Gangsters in Concrete, a literary magazine featuring poetry, prose, and photography

Laura van den Berg, fiction writer and editor; selected for the Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” Program and Frank O’Connor Award shortlist Chris Lynch, National Book Award finalist for the young adult novel Inexcusable Amber Dermott, fiction writer, included in Best New American Voices 2006 Michele Order Litant, editor, children’s books and teachers’ guides, Sundance Publishing

The impulse to record our stories dates back thousands of years, and today it’s as strong as ever. But digital technology is changing the landscape, creating new ways for writers to reach an audience and new challenges for professionals entering the publishing industry. Emerson prepares you to thrive in this evolving literary arena. Our program combines the study of writing, literature and publishing with the chance to learn first-hand from renowned writers, editors, and executives. This background gives you versatile skills for a fast-changing industry, and it helps you build connections that lead to publication, internships, and career opportunities. Our faculty includes esteemed novelists, poets, playwrights, and magazine writers as well as editors, literary agents, and publishers— several of whom are on the front lines of electronic and online publishing. All are dedicated to helping a new generation make their mark in the literary world.

Exceptional Opportunities

• Emerson students helped plan and host the 2010 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (above), and an Emerson team was one of 35 to compete in the event. The finals were held in the Cutler Majestic Theatre. • Boston is a great literary town, with frequent readings by major authors and many venues to showcase your work. There are also many opportunities to network with alumni who are prominent in the local publishing industry.

AND PUBLISHING In our Bachelor of Fine Arts program, you develop your narrative voice as a writer, practice your craft, and share your work with fellow students in a supportive yet challenging setting. Because we have a large writing faculty relative to the size of the school, you benefit from strong mentoring relationships and individual attention to your work.

Junot Díaz (left) and Alice Hoffman are among the award-winning writers who have visited Emerson through our reading series and residency program. Others include: David Shields, Richard Russo, Antonya Nelson, Tony Hoagland, Eleanor Wilner, Matthew Pearl, Jim Shepard, Elizabeth Strout, Ellen Bryant Voigt, and Kyoko Mori.

The Bachelor of Arts program emphasizes literary history and the business and production sides of publishing. It provides a springboard to future study or a career in the arts or communication. Whichever degree track you choose, you’re joining Emerson’s vibrant and inclusive literary community, which shares your passion for words, writing, and literature.

Degrees • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing, Literature and Publishing • Bachelor of Arts in Writing, Literature and Publishing


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JOURNALISM BROADCAST, PRINT, Micro-Catalog Outstanding Faculty

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Department Chair Ted Gup, a former staff writer for the Washington Post and Time magazine, is a best-selling author and has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

TV News Magazine and Documentary: Take a behind-the-scenes look at this popular format, from reporting and production to managing budgets and personnel.

Network Television: Local affiliates of CBS, ABC, and NBC

The Berkeley Beacon, an independent, student-run newspaper—available in print and online—which has won numerous Associated Press awards

Art Silverman, senior producer, National Public Radio

Tim Riley is a music critic for National Public Radio’s Here & Now. He has written acclaimed books on the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Madonna. 

Special Topics: Gain in-depth knowledge of a specific genre such as investigative reporting, war reporting, business journalism, or environmental reporting.

Carole Simpson has been a pioneering African American woman in network news. An Emmy-award winning anchor and correspondent before retiring from ABC News, she is a frequent commentator on Larry King Live.

Global Journalism: Learn about the philosophies, practices, and press freedoms of mass media in other countries. Communicate online with journalists around the globe.

Current and recent faculty are drawn from the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Associated Press, CBS News, and Fox News.

Online Publishing: Use text, video, audio, and photos to produce immersive journalistic stories.


Cable Television: CNN Boston bureau, Fox Sports Network Commercial Radio: WBZ-AM (news), WEEI-AM (sports) Public TV and Radio: WGBH-TV, WBUR-FM Print/Online: Miami Herald, Time magazine, Boston Globe

WERS-FM, ranked by Princeton Review as the best college radio station in the U.S. for 8 of the last 10 years Emerson Independent Video, producing awardwinning news coverage of local and national events; winner of regional Emmys for news programming in 2008 and 2009 WEBN, the AP 2009 News Station of the Year, covering major events and producing online news and video

Maria Menounos, entertainment correspondent for Today and Access Hollywood Constance Lloyd, general manager, CBS Radio News Lowell Galindo, anchor, ESPNU Maria Stephanos, news anchor, FOX25-TV, Boston Scott Gurian, news director for public radio station KGOU in Oklahoma City and winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award

Once defined as “print media,” newspapers and magazines are increasingly multimedia, online productions. Low-cost tools such as flipcams and smartphones allow individual journalists and small teams to report breaking news, even “scooping” the media giants. And the explosion of online channels and cable TV programming leaves readers and viewers hungry for trusted, credible sources of information and ideas. In this fluid environment, an Emerson education anchors your work in superior reporting skills, sound ethics, and wide experience. You’ll cover local, national, and international events for Emerson’s campus media—which received 12 Associated Press Awards in April 2010—as well as major news outlets.


This is an extraordinary time to be starting out as a journalist, and it’s the right time to choose Emerson’s Journalism program. Giving you a potent mix of traditional values and cutting-edge skills, Emerson prepares you to excel in a rapidly evolving industry.


AND MULTIMEDIA Starting in freshman year, you study under the guidance of seasoned reporters, editors, and producers, learning newsgathering techniques; mastering the art of clear, incisive writing; and developing your powers of analysis. These tools enable you to report events with accuracy, emotional power, and integrity.

• Bachelor of Science in Journalism

With access to outstanding facilities, you develop cutting-edge skills and produce high-quality content for publications, television and radio stations, and online news organizations. You also experiment with new methods and models of journalism. Emerson graduates are sought after in the job market due to their track record in producing outstanding work. Many directly enter the profession as writers, reporters, editors, producers, and multimedia journalists.

Exceptional Opportunities

Emerson was one of only five colleges chosen to send student journalists to cover the 2008 Summer Olympics. Emerson students have also covered the Emmy Awards, the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama’s inauguration, and Boston Red Sox spring training.

• Emerson students were part of an international investigative reporting team led by veteran war correspondent and environmental reporter Doug Struck, who is an Emerson journalist-in-residence. In a six-part series published by The Christian Science Monitor, the team documented fraud and deception in the fledgling carbon offset industry, earning Struck the April 2010 Sidney Award for socially conscious journalism. • Working the red carpet and the press room, student journalists covered the 2010 Academy Awards in Los Angeles. They interviewed Emerson alumni Henry Winkler and Pam Abdy, a Paramount studio executive; celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck; Precious director Lee Daniels; and J.C. Spink, executive producer of The Hangover.


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Department Chair Don Hurwitz is a respected academic and practitioner with experience in brand advertising, promotions, and direct and Internet marketing. He has worked with FedEx, Gillette, and other leaders.

Social Media and Marketing: Learn how viral content, online communities, and other social media are used in marketing campaigns.

Agencies: Arnold Worldwide, Cone Communications, Digitas, Hill Holliday, Modernista, Mullen, TBWA Chiat Day, Universal McCann

Janet Scardino, president, 19 Entertainment, which produces American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance

Organizational Structures and Strategic Platforms: Study how a brand platform shapes marketing communications at the product, agency, and campaign levels.

Corporations: Four Seasons Hotels, Game Show Network, Gillette, Puma, Reebok, Zipcar

EmComm, a facultysupervised, student-run marketing communication firm that produces high-quality work for on-campus and external clients

Media and Channel Practices: Explore non-paid, mass-paid, and direct channels. Learn how media amass audiences and finance themselves.

Sports and Entertainment: Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, Broadway Across America

Thomas Vogel, a former creative director, specializes in strategic communication and branding. His research focuses on design and usability in interactive media. Kristin Lieb has held top marketing and business development
positions in the music and publishing industries. Present and past faculty have included executives from Digitas, J. Walter Thompson, Fidelity Investments, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Newbury Comics.

Strategic and Creative Planning for IMC: Examine how marketing, advertising, and PR function in an integrated strategy.


Nonprofits: Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, JumpStart, Special Olympics

AMACC, a student chapter of the American Marketing Association, with both undergraduate and graduate groups PRSSA, the student chapter of the National Public Relations Society of America

Harlan Gulko, vice president of national publicity, Focus Features Michael Mendenhall, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, HewlettPackard Lisa Gregorian, executive vice president, worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Entertainment Jim Vescera, executive producer, on-air advertising, NBC Colette Phillips, president and CEO, Colette Phillips Communications, Inc.

These are the skills you learn in Emerson’s Marketing Communication program, which prepares you to serve in agency, corporate, and nonprofit settings. Rooted in applied communications, the social sciences, and marketing studies, our program balances a solid grounding in communication theory with


and Influence

Advertising. Public relations. Direct marketing. Social media. As a Marketing Communication major at Emerson, you master the many forms of influence and persuasion, approaching them as both art and science. You learn to deftly apply tools and techniques to understand an audience—whether it’s consumers, businesses, or multiple constituencies. Armed with knowledge and insight, you can align organizational strategies and tactics to meet the needs of your target audiences. And you can build and convey compelling stories about the brand. (Think Apple, Google, Facebook, Subaru, and Southwest Airlines.)

• Bachelor of Science in Marketing Communication: Advertising and Public Relations

development of your strategic powers and training in the core skills, methods, and practices of the marketing profession. You also gain experience in engaging your audience and delivering your message across an array of channels and media. The goal of marketing communication is to create a strong brand presence and build demand for products and services that transform how we all conduct our daily lives: accessing information, staying mobile and connected, making decisions, and carrying out transactions.


COMMUNICATION Exceptional Opportunities

• Emerson teams dominate regionally and often place nationally at the American Advertising Federation’s Student Advertising Competitions. In 2008, we placed fifth nationally with our “Connect, Engage” campaign for AOL, and two of our students were selected as Most Promising Minority Student finalists. • The same campaign also won the American Marketing Association’s President’s Award, Governor’s Award, and Best of Show Award. • Other students have been finalists in a competition to create a guerilla marketing campaign for JetBlue; did project work for SachManya, creator of the award-winning mobile app maker Yapper; and executed a campaign to promote white asparagus on behalf of The Netherlands.

Putting classroom learning into practice, you plan and execute professional-quality campaigns that emphasize the integration of campaign plans across professional practice areas and the fusion of strategic and creative thinking across communication platforms. Through this intensive learning experience, you come to understand the tools that marketing communication professionals use to build contemporary brands, and you learn to wield those tools with skill and impact.


Effective leaders know what it takes to advance social justice, argue an important case in court, or motivate change. Leadership requires an ability to articulate your vision and viewpoint eloquently and thoughtfully, while also understanding and connecting with your audience to persuade and achieve results. As a student of Communication Studies, you explore the principles and techniques of strategic communication theory. You also examine traditional and emerging communication technologies, and—in conjunction with your liberal arts courses— study the influence of culture and technology on nearly every aspect of communication.


• Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies • Bachelor of Science in Political Communication: Leadership, Politics and Social Advocacy

COMMUNICATION Exceptional Opportunities

• In October 2010, Emerson hosted a forum for Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates. During the event, which was live-streamed on the Boston Herald’s website, Emerson students were on the panel that questioned the candidates, monitored Twitter feeds from viewers, and made up the live studio audience. • In 2010, 20-plus students visited New York and Washington, DC with the Communication Politics and Law Association. Focusing on grassroots public diplomacy in the Middle East, students met with members of the Saudi Arabia mission at the U.N. and representatives of the pro-Israel lobbying group APAC. • Juniors and seniors can participate in the Presidential Campaign Semester during an election year, with a focus on the New Hampshire primary.


Putting this knowledge into practice, you develop your interpersonal communication skills in a number of contexts including business, government, advocacy, family, and basic human interactions. You learn to tailor your message to your intended audience, choosing the right tools and approaches for reaching it. In all your classes, you hone these skills through lively presentations, debates, and critiques. This field of study is excellent preparation for many professions. The Communication Studies major emphasizes critical engagement and is often selected by students who plan to pursue careers in health and human services, consumer rights, intercultural relations, human resource management, and entertainment, among many others. The Political Communication major—which is anchored in social advocacy—draws students who are interested in becoming speechwriters, press secretaries, political lobbyists, or advocates for social justice.


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Department Chair Rich West has written six books and authored many articles. He is the president-elect of the National Communication Association.

Politics and Comedy: Examine political comedy through the lens of performance studies. Explore the role of comedy in shaping social and political discourse.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Emerson Forensics Team, a competitive speech and debate team that travels throughout the U.S. to compete in public speaking events

Raj Sharma, senior vice president, investments, Merrill Lynch; ranked among America’s top 100 financial advisors by Barron’s from 2004 to 2010

Linda Gallant has a keen interest in how new media facilitates communication. Her teaching and research focus on technology design and the user experience.

Leadership: Explore the theory and practice of effective, ethical leadership and the role of communication in political and organizational settings.

Children’s Defense Fund

Angela Cooke-Jackson is a respected scholar examining cervical cancer and HPV knowledge and behavior among females in rural areas.

Intercultural Communication: Gain insight into how verbal and nonverbal customs influence crosscultural communication.

Voice of America

Our faculty includes Fulbright scholars, former consultants to UNICEF and the Strategic Air Command, and media experts for ABC, CBS, and The Los Angeles Times.

Crisis Communication: From environmental disasters to corporate scandals, learn about managing communication in a crisis.

Press Office of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

The Cato Institute New England Innocence Project

AIDS Action Committee Boston Athletic Association, sponsor of the Boston Marathon


Communication Politics and Law Association, for students who are passionate about politics, public policy, law, and government Emerson Peace and Social Justice, working to foster social justice in the Emerson community, Boston, and beyond Emerson College Model United Nations, empowering students to learn about the wider world while teaching advocacy and diplomacy in the context of international affairs

Joel Schwartzberg, director of new media, NOW on PBS Larry Rasky, chairman, Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications Lauren Sucher, director of public affairs, United States Institute of Peace Andrew Kline, senior trial attorney, U.S. Department of Justice Sam Presti, general manager, NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder

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Department Chair Daniel Kempler has published widely on the topics of aphasia, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and aging. He often presents at major conferences.

The Brain and Behavior: Study brain structure, functions, and disorders: from perceptions and consciousness, to language and memory.

Children’s Hospital Boston

Best Buddies, pairing Emerson students and people with intellectual disabilities in one-to-one friendships

Noma Anderson, dean, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Tennessee

ASL Emerson College, for students who wish to practice American Sign Language and interact with the deaf community

Dr. Mary Sweig Wilson, co-founder, Laureate Learning Systems, which provides software for children and adults with special needs

National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, providing opportunities to reach out through volunteer work and community service

Karissa Drumm, a speech pathologist and the first recipient of the Decibels Scholar Award, to support her work with hearing-impaired infants and toddlers

CSD Journal Club, forum for undergraduate and graduate students to discuss news and research on communication disorders

Thomas Shull, a former writer for film and television and winner of a prestigious ASHA national scholarship; now works in the Boston schools with middle school and high school students

Belinda Fusté-Herrmann specializes in child language development and disorders, literacy, and bilingualism. Her research interests include idiom comprehension and lexical depth in Spanish-English bilinguals. Ruth Grossman’s research focuses on face-to-face communication in children with autism spectrum disorders. Our faculty includes clinicians, cognitive neurologists, clinical psychologists, ecologists, and molecular biologists.

Images of the Disabled: Gain insight into how the disabled are portrayed in film, theater, and literature. American Sign Language: Offered in four levels, these courses develop your ASL skills with increasing comprehension and fluency. Principles and Practices of Health Communication: Explore how health knowledge is conveyed: via popular culture, family health history, the doctor-patient relationship, and health campaigns.


Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Horace Mann School for the Deaf Perkins School for the Blind Tufts New England Medical Center Brookline Public Schools Boston Public Schools Newton Early Childhood Program

Emerson’s Communication Disorders program is nationally known for teaching and research. This factor, combined with our proximity to Boston’s world-class healthcare industry, makes Emerson a great choice for undergraduates planning a career in speech-language pathology or audiology. Our curriculum prepares you for graduate study— leading to clinical practice or a research career—or work as a paraprofessional aide or technician, right out of school. Starting in freshman year, you learn about the biological, psychological, and cultural foundations of communication and a range of communication challenges, including those associated with early childhood development, stroke, and aging.

Language. Hearing.

Speech, language, and hearing are cornerstones of human communication. Their study is especially relevant today, when communication disorders, such as autism, are on the rise. In fact, this field is one of the fastest-growing career specialties in the United States, according to Newsweek.


• Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders

This knowledge prepares you to work with people across their life span: from infants and toddlers, to children and teens, to adults and elders. Classes are small, with only 20 to 25 students. So your teachers get to know you, and you get to know your fellow students, who may one day be your colleagues. Your coursework is enriched through clinical observation and volunteer experiences at the Robbins Speech, Language and Hearing Center. Located on campus, the center provides clinical services and support to children, adults, and caregivers.



There are many options for senior-year field placements: at schools, early childhood facilities, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers. And our program is continually updated to reflect changes in the field, such as the growing focus on swallowing disorders and the use of cochlear implants in hearing-impaired children.


Exceptional Opportunities

• Based on her work as a lab assistant to faculty member Mark Parker—who specializes in biological approaches to treating hearing loss—one of our students will be listed as a co-author for a research paper to be published in the Journal of the Association for Otolaryngology; she will also be a poster presenter at a 2011 international meeting on hearing research. • In 2010, two Emerson undergraduates completed summer internships at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, which studies stem cell biology as the basis for medical treatments and cures.

Application Emerson accepts the Common Application ( and requires an Application Supplement. All applicants, particularly those applying to Performing Arts and Film, should visit the Admission website to find out more about the supplemental information required to complete an application for admission.

Application Deadlines Freshman Applicants

September Admission Regular Decision January 5

Transfer Applicants

September Admission March 15

Early Action (non-binding) November 1 January Admission November 1

January Admission November 1

Students wishing to transfer to Emerson are required to complete the Common Application for Transfer Admission along with a Transfer Application Supplement.

Visit to find out more information or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 617-824-8600 or

Financial Aid Filing Deadlines Freshman Applicants

September Admission Regular Decision March 1

Transfer Applicants

September Admission April 1

Financial Aid Approximately 65 percent of students receive financial assistance. The average award is approximately $15,000 in scholarships and grants, low-interest loans, and part-time employment.

Early Action (non-binding) February 1 January Admission December 1

More information about financial assistance and important deadlines can be found online at or by contacting the Office of Student Financial Services at 617-824-8655 or

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One Visit Is Worth 10,000 Words The minute you arrive at Emerson, you’ll feel the tremendous creative energy and the welcoming, collaborative spirit that animates the entire Emerson community.

You can book your visit online at visit or by calling us at 617-824-8600.

Check Us Out Virtually Visit our website and watch “The Emerson Experience,” produced by alumnus Kevin Bright, co-producer and director of Friends. Also check out Emerson Live (, which showcases student work and interviews with alumni and faculty. Always Feel Free to Contact Us You can reach the Office of Undergraduate Admission by phone at 617-824-8600, email at, and on the web at

Emerson Fast Facts


Tuition and Fees 2010–2011

Category: Independent, nondenominational college focused on communication and the arts in a liberal arts context

Tuition: $30,752/year for a full-time undergraduate student; $961 per credit

Founded: 1880, by Charles Wesley Emerson

Room and Board: $12,881/year (double room)

Mission Emerson College is committed to excellence in education for communication and the arts. Founded on the study of oratory and the performing arts, Emerson’s distinctive undergraduate and graduate curricula have expanded. We continue to challenge students to think and express themselves with clarity, substance, and insight, instilling the highest professional standards through rigorous academic inquiry and experiential learning. Our specialized major and external programs are based in and integrated with the liberal arts and interdisciplinary study, and are informed by a set of core values: freedom of expression, diversity of perspective, cultural awareness, integrity, civility, and the responsibility of ethical choice. Our mission is to inspire students to create and communicate with depth, honesty, courage, and passion, both as professionals in their fields and as informed and articulate participants in society. Statement of Nondiscrimination Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. Applicants seeking information on these matters should contact the Affirmative Action Officer, Emerson College, 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116-4624, 617-824-8580. Accreditation Emerson College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., a nongovernmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering postgraduate instruction. Accreditation of an institution by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. Report on Campus Security Policies and Crime Statistics Emerson’s Annual Report on Campus Security Policies and Crime Statistics (Clery Disclosure Act) is available online at clery-report. This report contains information and policies relative to campus law enforcement, wellness education, crime prevention, disciplinary process for sexual assault, and crime statistics for certain designated offenses that occurred on campus, in campus residence halls, and in non-campus buildings and public areas adjacent to the campus for the past three years. A paper copy of this same report is available upon request from the Department of Public Safety, Emerson College, 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116-4624, 617-824-8555. Title II Disclosure Section 207 of the Higher Education Act mandates that institutions preparing educators for work in schools must disclose the pass rates on state teacher tests for their students during the most recently completed academic year. In Massachusetts, this is the two-part Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure comprising the Communication and Literacy Test (CLST) and the Subject Matter Test (SMT). For the 2007–2008 academic year, Emerson students in programs that will prepare them for classroom teaching (Teacher of Theatre) had a total pass rate of 100% (CLST and SMT). Students in Communication Disorders do not take a statedesigned subject matter test. Title II data does not include these individuals’ CLST scores, as these individuals are not preparing for classroom work.

Location: On Boston Common in the heart of the city’s Theatre District

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Enrollment: 3,453 undergraduates and 837 graduate students from 45 states and 50 countries

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Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1

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Retention and Graduation: 90% retention rate for freshmen; 76% six-year graduation rate

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