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Social Documentation

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Students whose interests are broad and flexible, with a broad span of interests, should seriously consider Clarkson's double major in Social Documentation (SD), combining majors in the Social Sciences (history, political science, anthropology and sociology) or Humanities (literature, film and philosophy) with a major in Communication & Media.

SD students express a desire to combine social, political or creative perspectives with mastery of sophisticated communication and recording technologies. They may be interested in historical preservation of the creative arts or creating oral and video histories of people or groups of people; they may be social or political activists who want to create the sound and video recordings and products that most effectively put their ideas before a contemporary audience.

Social Documentation emphasizes critical inquiries into societal issues as well as the study of recording and documenting theories, techniques and technologies. A substantive knowledge base in a social science or humanities discipline enables students to ground their communication degree in an area of interest that will also give them a distinctive perspective. Likewise, the critical thinking, persuasive, and media production skills learned from the communication program will empower the social science or humanities major to more effectively create products that can influence, entertain or educate. During their years at Clarkson, students will develop the ability to use sophisticated recording and communication technologies in order to better understand or advance a set of social, historical, political or creative interests or concerns.

After graduation, students can find careers in public or private radio or television broadcasting, in media-oriented firms, and within communications units in the public or private sector. Many public agencies are charged with handling electronic and publicly available data sets, and this double major also provides the basics for such a career choice. Some may choose to pursue independent work as filmmakers and writers.

Alternately, students may decide to go on to graduate school in a growing number of Social Documentation programs at universities like Duke, American or UC Santa Cruz. Others may choose from a wide array of master's programs, receiving degrees in fields as diverse as fine arts or business. Graduates can also opt for master's or doctoral programs in social sciences, communication or humanities.