B.S. Professional Communication and Emerging Media

Are you a writer, editor or social media enthusiast?
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Are you a writer, editor or social media junkie? A Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Stout in Professional Communication and Emerging Media (PCEM) offers a variety of career paths for people who are interested in creating and delivering content that is tailored to specific audiences.

The core of our program includes courses in:

  • Document Design
  • Convergent Communication
  • Usability Design and Testing
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Writing for the Internet
  • Transnational Professional Communication
  • Foreign Language/Global Experience


  • Applied Journalism: prepares you for the new age in journalism by exploring multimedia, interactivity and content repurposing.
  • Digital Humanities: skills you need to recognize trends in technology and understand how technology affects the way people communicate, interact and comprehend the world.
Learn skills in digital storytelling, usability design and testing, social media, multimedia, website development, global communication, writing, editing and creating content. / UW-Stout

Professional communication and emerging media is a rapidly growing profession. Development of new technologies has increased the demand for professionals who can clearly explain policies, products and services to clients and customers. UW-Stout’s program integrates communication theory with coursework in a chosen applied field.

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Examples of applied fields include biomedical engineering, packaging, international studies, quality management, telecommunications, tourism, training and development, art and design, and business and management. As a PCEM graduate, you will have the skills to research, visualize, design, develop and oversee publication of both print and electronic documents.

Copy editing and preparation, multimedia or hypertext writing, and critical, technical and freelance writing courses prepare you to write clearly for specific audiences. In addition, courses in an applied field of your choice supply the strong technical background crucial to communicating complex ideas to different audiences. Elective courses give you the chance to explore other areas, such as photography or creative writing. All students will participate in a co-op, internship or practicum during their career.

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Communication is everywhere. Whether you’re reading a website, texting your friends, speaking with your boss, sending an e-mail or writing a paper, you are engaged in communication. It is one of the most important skills you can develop in the Information Age – and it can be a great career track. Do you want to be on the cutting edge?

2018 PCEM Advisory Board

PCEM Advisory Board

  • Mitch Ogden, Program Director
  • Daisy Pignetti, Program Director of Online Applied Communication Concentration
  • Jason Adrians, Editor/News Executive, Lee Enterprises
  • Paul Anheier, User Experience (UX) Writer, amazon.com
  • Ted Bensen, Professor, CSTEMM, Cross-Media Graphics Management
  • Brian Croxall, Digital Humanities Librarian, Brigham Young University
  • Kevin Drzakowski, Department Chair, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Kate Edenborg, Program Faculty, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Amy Griffiths, Director of Marketing and Communications, Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church
  • Melissa Haeska, Director of Web Content, FindLaw/Thomson-Reuters
  • Rachel Hallgrimson, Social Media and Video Coordinator, UW-Stout University Communications
  • Joleen Hanson, Program Faculty, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Maria Jahn, Technical Communications Manager, Kohler Company
  • Elizabeth Kafka, Lecturer, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Associate Professor, Department of Writing Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Kelli Cargile-Cook, Associate Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Department of English, Texas Tech University
  • Mary Knatterud, Technical Writer Editor-Educator, Departments of Surgery, Urologic Surgery and Otolaryngology, University of Minnesota
  • Krystal Leitner, Alumni, Technical Writer, Cray Research
  • Kelly Lippert-Negen, Alumni, Senior Technical Writer, Cummins Power Generation
  • Amy Mittlestadt, Public Affairs, Mayo Clinic Health System-Menomonie
  • Cody Reimer, Program Faculty, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Gregory Schneider-Bateman, Program Faculty, CAHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • John Spartz, Program Faculty, Assistant Professor, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Emi Stuemke, Program Faculty, CACHSS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Laurel Verhagen, Alumni, Biomedical Informatics Research Center, Marshfield Clinic
  • Julie Watts, Program Director, CACHHS, English and Philosophy Department
  • Jen Westpfahl, Deputy Editor of Digital New and Social Media, St. Paul Pioneer Press
  • Craig Yolitz, Vice President Customer Operations, FindLaw/Thomson-Reuters

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