The Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) Program offers a Graduate Certificate in Journalism and Digital Media. CCT students are eligible to apply. For the Certificate, students must complete six courses (18 credits), which can double-count as elective credits toward the CCT degree.

CCT offers this Certificate in recognition of the need for students to develop a critical understanding of digital mediation and the role of journalism in society. Digital technologies have changed the ways we produce, distribute, and consume information--and have dramatically influenced public perception of journalism and the news media in general. Through interdisciplinary studies of journalism and digital media, students will understand and be able to shape conversations about the principles, politics, and technologies that drive the practice of journalism in a rapidly changing media environment. They will also be equipped to incorporate journalistic practices into their scholarly and professional work.

CCT’s Learning Goals for students of the Certificate Program are:

  • To develop a critical understanding of journalism’s purpose and scope, with attention to the sociocultural and political contexts in which journalism is operating around the world.
  • To build theoretical knowledge and practical skills in journalistic content production in order to create, edit, and publish compelling stories in video, audio, or multimedia formats.
  • To explore the future of journalism, with particular focus on how digital media technologies shape public perception of journalism, as well as journalistic practices and values.

Academic Requirements

Students pursuing the Certificate are required to complete a total of 18 academic credits, which include: one 3-credit foundational course; one 3-credit theory and practice course; three 3-credit elective courses; and, one 3-credit capstone course.

Students may choose elective courses from among the courses that CCT has already approved for the Certificate Program, or, can petition in advance of registration for other courses to count as electives.

The curriculum for the Certificate Program is designed so that students may pursue the core and elective courses in any sequence. Below are details of these requirements and eligible courses:

Requirements Eligible Courses:
One 3-credit foundational course CCTP-635: Critical Studies in Journalism
One 3-credit theory/practice course CCTP-710: Journalistic Content Production
Three 3-credit elective courses:
* CCT Research Methods course
  • CCTP-585: Journalism & the Politics of Terror
  • CCTP-691: Breaking & (Re-)Building Trust in News
  • CCTP-614: International News & Mass Media
  • CCTP-600: Political Campaigns & Communications Strategies
  • CCTP-767: New Media & Politics
  • CCTP-757: Media & American Elections
  • CCTP-643: Political Socialization
  • CCTP-616: Crisis Communications
  • CCTP-655: Media Production Lab
  • CCTP-654: Narrative Networks
  • CCTP-808: Qualitative Methods for Communications Research*
  • CCTP-637: Social Media Analytics*
  • CCTP-607: Ethnographic Methods*
  • CCTP-642: Content Analysis*
  • CCTP-685: Survey Methods*
  • CCTP-696: Social Network Analysis*
  • CCTP-606: Archival Methods: Rights to Information*
One 3-credit capstone course:
  • CCTP-533: CCT Internship Course
  • CCTP 544: Documentary Video Production
  • CCTP 850: Digital Presence & Strategic Persuasion

Admissions Requirements

Students applying for the Certificate Program must be candidates for the CCT M.A. degree. Other students of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) or the School of Foreign Service (SFS) may apply at the discretion of their degree programs.

CCT and other master's students may apply no earlier than the first term and no later than the third term of their programs. BSFS students may apply no earlier than than the first term of their junior year and no later than the first term of their senior year. Students may enroll in courses that can be applied to the Certificate in the first term in which they are eligible to apply.

To apply, students must complete a brief online application in which they provide their names and contact information, their proposed timelines for completing the core and elective requirements of the Certificate Program, and, the names and contact information of their advising deans.

Contact CCT’s Director of Academic Affairs.