Columbia College Chicago


The Radio Department offers you a comprehensive overview of the art and business of radio broadcasting while you develop key skills both on and off the air. We offer four courses of study: the Bachelor of Arts, in which you’ll study radio in the context of a classic liberal arts education; a second BA for students who already have a four-year accredited degree; the Radio Minor, for students who want to investigate radio as a discipline adjacent to their major coursework; and the Voiceover Minor, designed for students who want to add voiceover to their major course of study.

Majors & Programs

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Radio, BA


Columbia’s nationally recognized radio program emphasizes innovation and creativity in contemporary radio, including streaming and web-based platforms in a multimedia environment. You’ll develop your unique voice on our award-winning radio station, WCRX-FM, and sample electives like sportscasting, voiceover, audio theatre, documentary, radio storytelling and club-DJ mixing. We also offer a Second Bachelor of Arts program for students who already have a degree from an accredited institution.

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Interdisciplinary Documentary, BA


Documentary filmmakers wear many hats. They’re directors and writers, photographers and voice actors. But above all else, documentary filmmakers are compelling storytellers with a passion for spreading the truth. As an Interdisciplinary Documentary major, you’ll take courses in a variety of departments and gain a comprehensive education that covers nonfiction storytelling through story, image and sound. You’ll graduate with a wide knowledge of documentary theory and practice and a portfolio of nonfiction work that spans disciplines and media formats.

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Radio Minor


No matter what your major, Columbia’s Radio minor can help prepare you for a multimedia future in radio and audio media. You’ll create a body of general and specialized work to enhance your Student Portfolio upon graduation

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Voiceover Minor


The minor in Voiceover provides students with the skills and knowledge required for the art and practice of voiceover copy interpretation and performance. This minor provides basic skills in the appropriate and effective communication of information. Students learn to interpret, mark and deliver text for commercials, animation, film narration, audiobooks, eLearning, Internet entertainment, training videos, mobisodes, webisodes, tour audio and more.

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