Tell Stories That Matter
We have more ways of sharing stories than at any other point in history. From feature films on the big screen to 15-second TikTok videos, we are surrounded by the most profound to the most mundane insights into other's lives. How do you cut through the noise? How can we uplift voices to help make the world better? How can we create content that is meant to solve problems instead of create them?
The social documentation double major program at Clarkson University trains you to not only tell stories that matter but to reach audiences where they can have the most impact. Offered by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Communication, Media and Design, this program combining two majors gives you the research tools and production skills to create a portfolio of your work based on your interest in social justice issues.
Upon the program's completion, students receive a BS in Communication and a bachelor's degree from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Why Double Major in Social Documentation at Clarkson?
Whether you want to launch a podcast focused on environmental policy or direct a documentary on LGBTQ+ members in the Adirondacks, you need both the research skills and technical expertise to produce your and others' stories. The social documentation double major program delivers a strong foundation to help you achieve these goals.
Students in this track combine a major in the social sciences or humanities with a second major in communication. Your studies in the social sciences and humanities provide greater insight into cultural and social issues. Your communication classes then complement this knowledge base with cutting-edge applications and media technologies.
The curriculum is flexible enough to give you the freedom to focus your attention on the topics and media possibilities that captivate you the most. Following graduation, you will be ready to tell stories through social media, video, audio, design and more platforms.
What You'll Learn
The social documentation double major represents 67 of the 120 credit hours required for graduation. In addition to our two required courses — History of Social Documentation and Major Research Seminar or Major Research Project — students take classes in film video production and digital design.
Some of our courses include:
- Audio Production
- Documenting Social Activism
- Environmental Policy
- Feature Film Screenwriting
- Food and Society, or What to Think About What You Eat
- Introduction to Web Design
- Sex and Commerce
- The History and Art of Animation
- Typography and Design
- Women and Religion