New Communication and Media Studies “3+1” Option

Plymouth State’s programs enable students to hit the ground running, and those who can’t wait to begin making their marks in Communication and Media Studies have a new option for entering the field quickly with advanced skills. A new “3+1” program lets students earn both their bachelor’s degree and an MBA in just four years.

Communication and Media Studies is the first PSU discipline to offer the 3+1  combination option, which joins a growing list of PSU bachelor’s to master’s programs that feature accelerated programs and greater affordability. It’s also the first of its kind to be offered by a New Hampshire college or university.

Selena Davis ’22

Selena Davis ’22 was drawn to the program as a potential accelerated pathway to help achieve her goal of opening her own company. “I want to create content and programs for young women, queer people, and people of color,” she says. “I feel like as a young queer person myself I had to figure out a lot of things on my own, which was extremely difficult, and it still is difficult. I always think about the difference it would have made to me to be able to see myself in movies, hear songs that I resonated with, or read about myself in books. I want to change that experience for the next generation.

“Getting my degree in this program, along with my minor in women, gender, and sexuality studies, and going on to get my MBA will greatly assist me in achieving my dream,” says Davis. “I will be able to work for companies in their media or PR departments and gain useful experience that I will need.”

PSU’s Communication and Media Studies program offers many advantages, notes Professor Metasebia “Metty” Woldemariam, who coordinates the 3+1 option. “Our classes are small and the professors care about students, who receive individualized attention. We also have very close connections with alumni, who come back to campus and inspire our students.”

Korey O’Brien ’12

One notable alumnus is Korey O’Brien ’12, a Nashua, NH, native who now is morning executive producer at 7 News Boston. While still a PSU student he interned at Whitebridge Farm Productions in nearby New Hampton, NH, working for the award-winning author of On Golden Pond. After PSU, he continued his studies at Emerson College, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor working with upper division students on journalism techniques and skills.

After honing his craft through industry stints in New Hampshire, Arizona, and Boston, O’Brien now has a very demanding job that requires him to wake up at 11 p.m., work through the night, and have his station’s product ready for airing at 4:30 a.m. O’Brien’s skill was recognized professionally this year by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which awarded him an Emmy for his role in 7 News coverage of a damaging storm in Massachusetts. O’Brien has shared his expertise with current PSU students on several occasions and is slated to return this semester via Zoom as a guest speaker in an online course, Journalism in the Digital Age.

Any questions about the new 3+1 program can be directed to Dr. Woldemariam at mwoldemariam@plymouth.edu