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Students work in the control room during production of the TommieMedia program "The Locker Room" in the TV studio in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center.

Agents for change

Department of Emerging Media

Evolving with Technology

The Department of Emerging Media at the University of St. Thomas prepares students to respond to a rapidly changing media environment. The department places an emphasis on good writing and storytelling, while recognizing that technology continuously impacts how we interact in the workplace and in our daily lives.  

Today it is increasingly important that we keep learning as technology evolves. Whether producing an interactive story, developing a social media marketing campaign, or creating audio-visual content, you will learn from instructors who are well-versed in the latest industry trends and techniques. While contemporary storytelling often relies on technology, it is equally important to understand the theoretical and ethical considerations of digital media arts, journalism and strategic communication.

Emerging Media Degrees Prepare You for a Changing Future

Through technique, inspiration, and maker initiative, the Digital Media Arts program offers classes in audio, visual, and interactive media. The Journalism program emphasizes responsible story-telling in a wide range of media. The Strategic Communication program is designed for professional training in advertising, public relations and digital communication under an integrated approach.

Related Programs

Our majors and minors pair well with a number of others at the university.

Department Highlights

Pulitzer Prize winner and St. Thomas alumnus Art Cullen walks outside on a sunny day.

Pulitzer Prize Winners

We have two alumni who have won the Pulitzer Prize in the last five years: Jeremy Olson ’94 and Art Cullen ’79.

Jeremy Olson

Art Cullen

A professional volunteer photography coach works with ThreeSixty Journalism on photographing their story subjects.

Scholarships

We award scholarships for incoming first-year students, as well as current students with a declared major in either journalism, digital media arts or strategic communication.

Application deadline for incoming students: March 5, 2021

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Faculty

Our faculty are active scholars that are eager to engage with you inside and outside of the classroom. Here is what a few have been up to lately.
Studio headshot of emerging media faculty member Dr. Peter Gregg.

Dr. Peter Gregg

Dr. Gregg is an award-winning researcher and media producer. His scholarship focuses on the formation of attitudes and beliefs via media consumption, including prejudice and stereotyping, media literacy and appeals to tradition in baseball.
Dr. Peter Gregg
Studio headshot of emerging media faculty member Dr. Xiaowen Guan.

Dr. Xiaowen Guan

Dr. Guan's research focuses on how different individual and social factors influence communicative messages in interpersonal, intercultural and organizational contexts.
Dr. Xiaowen Guan
Photo of emerging media faculty member Greg Vandegrift sitting in the Tommie Media studio.

Greg Vandegrift

Greg Vandegrift loves teaching journalism. He joined St. Thomas in 2008, bringing 25 years of award-winning reporting to the classroom, and he still freelances to keep curriculum current. Greg teaches the multimedia reporting classes and is lead adviser for the student-run organization, TommieMedia.
Greg Vandegrift

Contact us

Have questions about our programs? We’d love to hear from you.

Mailing Address

Department of Emerging Media
Mail 5013
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105

Campus Location

The department of Emerging Media is located on the first floor of O’Shaughnessy Education Center (OEC), room 119.