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Writing and Digital Communication

Writing and Digital Communication 

Agnes Scott’s Writing and Digital Communication program helps you advance your knowledge of effective communication, digital media, and writing for diverse audiences.



Whether you choose the graduate certificate or the Master of Arts degree, Agnes Scott’s Writing and Digital Communication program can help you advance your knowledge of effective communication, digital media, and writing for diverse audiences.

You’ll connect with members of Atlanta's exceptionally vibrant, diverse media, corporate and nonprofit communities as you prepare to become a leading communicator in professional and public fields for diverse global audiences.

Writing and Digital Communication at Agnes Scott is ideal for anyone who is passionate about writing, media, and communication. Many of our DigiComm graduate students are already working in related industries, and seek to advance their writing, digital, and communication skills to take their careers to the next level. Some of our DigiComm graduate students are planning to launch a new career in a field they love. All our DigiComm students share a passion for brilliant design, effective communication, and the power of words.

In the Writing and Digital Communication Master of Arts, and Graduate Certificate, you’ll learn how to use established and emerging technologies to become a more powerful communicator.

Drawing on Agnes Scott’s strong tradition of teaching and valuing writing, the program invites guest speakers and mentors from Atlanta’s extensive digital media, nonprofit, and corporate communities as well as internships and job-shadow opportunities bring relevant professional connections to the program.
Upon completion of your Writing and Digital Communication program, you’ll be a master of digital strategy and a stronger, more effective communicator to audiences of all kinds. You’ll be ready for career success in growing industries such as public relations, digital journalism, marketing, advertising, corporate communications, visual analysis, and more. The future of the communications industry depends on quality content and insightful strategy.

Named in honor of Linda Lentz Hubert, English Professor Emerita of Agnes Scott College and a longstanding champion of graduate education, this grant is specifically intended for students of the Writing and Digital Communication program. You’ll be automatically considered for this and other graduate grants upon submitting your completed admission application.

Shannan Palma, Ph.D. was announced as faculty director of the writing and digital communication graduate program when it launched in fall 2018. Palma joins the faculty of Agnes Scott College as the founding director of Writing and Digital Communication. Palma holds a Ph.D. from Emory University, where she developed academic expertise in media, communication and storytelling. Palma brings over 10 years of strategic communications and programming experience to her role as faculty director. Palma has extensive experience with distilling complex ideas into compact, powerful narratives, developing online content strategies, and creating and managing digital content for the web and for various social media outlets. Palma previously served Emory as communications manager for the university's Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives and as senior online producer overseeing the university’s website and managing special projects in the Communications and Public Affairs division.

Learn more about Dr. Shannan Palma, or contact her at spalma@agnesscott.edu.
Program Of Study
Featured Courses

No matter which Writing and Digital Communication program you choose, you’ll tailor your education to your unique interests and career goals with flexible electives such as:

  • Creative Writing in the Digital Age
  • Grant and Proposal Writing
  • Transmedia Storytelling

Certificate Program

 6 courses (18 credit hours)*
          4 core courses
          2 electives
Professional quality digital portfolio

Classes are 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 15 minute break, and each meet once per week during the semester.

*Credits earned in the Graduate Certificate can apply toward the MA degree in Writing and Digital Communication

Core Courses
Content Strategy and Digital Portfolio Project Design (required first semester)
Developing Content for the Web and Social Media
Critical Communication
The choice of: Visual Thinking and Web Design OR Digital Media Production

Electives
Creative Writing in the Digital Age
Grant and Proposal Writing
Emerging Media
Technologies of Social Change
Transmedia Storytelling
Persuasive Writing and Speaking
Topics in Writing and Digital Communication
Project Management
Ethical Use of Technology and Data
Systems and Critical Thinking*

Please speak with program director prior to registration* 

Master's Program

11 courses (33 credit hours)
        5 core courses
        6 electives
Professional quality digital portfolio

Classes are 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 15 minute break, and each meet once per week during the semester.

Core Courses
Content Strategy and Digital Portfolio Project Design (required first semester)
Developing Content for the Web and Social Media
Visual Thinking and Web Design
Critical Communication
Digital Media Production

Electives
Creative Writing in the Digital Age
Grant and Proposal Writing
Emerging Media
Technologies of Social Change
Transmedia Storytelling
Persuasive Writing and Speaking
Topics in Writing and Digital Communication
Project Management
Ethical Use of Technology and Data
Systems and Critical Thinking*

Please speak with program director prior to registration*