New Media


The New Media Major at Molloy College is a 45 credit major that focuses on the culture and history of our modern media environment. Studies include a history of new media and how it affects culture to activist courses that engage the local community through social media.

The program takes an academic approach to memes, tropes, and significant visuals often taken for granted. Majors can focus on create a variety of digital content, writing, video storytelling and digital literacy.

Our majors grow academically with an interdisciplinary approach through Molloy College’s phenomenal liberal arts education and become experts in the exciting and growing world of new media.

Some examples of study:



COM 228 Writing for the Web
Introduces the processes of writing in different styles for various online posting and distribution outlets. Beginning with social media platforms and blogging software, students will ultimately learn how to craft and design a digital document with website code.

COM 243 Introduction to New Media
The study of the rapidly changing field of new media, including the web, videos and webpage design, podcasting, blogs, online communities, videogaming, and other aspects of the virtual world. The course examines these new technologies in terms of their social and communicative impact.

COM 244 Online Content Production
Introduction to digital media creation and design. Students will create and edit their own websites, including web pages, videos and online resumes. Students work together and independently to create visual and written content and to critique online projects.

COM 246 Civic Engagement With New Media
Digital media are at the center of a powerful intersection of business interests, technological capacities, and information flows. Users of the Internet as well as digital content creators are responsible for their ethical behavior on the web. This course analyzes civic engagement and technology empowerment through various issues connected to new media usage and activism.

COM 309 History of Digital Media
A survey of the history of web-based media technologies in the digital information age. The course examines the transition from television to social media and peer-to-peer media technologies and from 24/7 cable through social media to augmented and virtual reality. Prerequisite: COM 243.

COM 310 Video Storytelling for the Web
This course covers short form digital production in the online environment. Students produce projects in digital video with an emphasis on the processes of storytelling. Students will maintain and operate an online video channel and participate in web series production (YouTube, social media, webseries). Prerequisite: COM 244.

COM 354 Foundations of Media Theory
An introduction to the major theories influencing contemporary media studies. Media and new media will be explored as multifaceted entities that include texts, industries and audiences. Prerequisites: Two 200- or 300-level COM studies courses.

COM 381 Digital Applications
An introduction to digital theory by designing and editing web-based “apps” on multiple viewing platforms. Students will learn 3D printing, virtual reality integration, open-source programming and digital design. Students produce several digital products for both classroom and personal use. Students produce several digital applications for both classroom and personal use. Prerequisite: COM 244 or permission of chairperson.

COM 468 Communication Internship
An opportunity for semester or summer involvement in selected professional and/or business organizations, including television networks, public relations departments and other appropriate concerns. Students will be supervised by department personnel and by cooperating personnel in the organization to which they are attached during the internship.

COM 488 Communications Seminar I
This course will introduce seniors in the communications (media, professional and new media) and childhood education (communications) majors to research methodology in qualitative analysis. Students will conduct scholarly research and write a literature review in the topic area they have chosen. The thesis paper will be completed in COM 490 Communications Seminar II. Prerequisite: COM 354 or permission of chairperson.

COM 490 Communications Seminar II
A continuation of the research project undertaken in COM 488. Students will implement specific research methods, such as surveys, participant observation or textual analysis. They complete their theses by analyzing and writing up their research findings. The finished thesis will be presented orally and in correct written format. Prerequisite: COM 488

Plus any four 200 or 300-level Communication Elective Courses (12 credits) such as:

COM 230 Scriptwriting for Media

COM 248 Online Journalism

COM 252 Television Studio Production

COM 256 Field Production

COM 331 Online Advertising

COM 356 Film Art

COM 357 Digital Public Relations

COM 358 Advanced Online Journalism

COM 367 Editing and Post Production

COM 382 Global New Media

COM 392 Advanced Online Content Production