What is Visual and Media Studies?
"As a Dean's List student at Duke University, I pursued a Visual and Media Studies major and Markets and Management certificate, both of which allowed me to develop a well-rounded background that is easy applicable to any media career. In my four years as a Visual Media Studies major, I explored visual theories of media with leading professors and researchers in the field. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to gain a practical skill set in different media forms, including advertising, photography, and video, through hands-on projects out in the field. In my capstone project, entitled “Social Media for Nonprofits”, I combined what I learned in each of my academic programs to explore how social media can be used as a marketing tool for nonprofit organizations. Through understanding the power of images and how to use these images in a storytelling capacity, I feel confident in my abilities as I take the next step in entering the Masters in Journalism program at Northwestern University this fall."

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Northwestern University Class of 2017

M.S. Medill School of Journalism

Duke University Class of 2016

B.A. Visual and Media Studies

Markets and Management Certificate

Theater Studies Minor


  • Northwestern- Medill Academic Scholarship
  • Duke University Dean's List with Distinction
  • Coca-Cola Scholar
  • Nordstrom Scholar
  • Duke of Edinburgh International Bronze Medal
  • Duke WomC National Impact Award
  • Young Icon
  • Miss America Community Service Award
  • Miss America Quality of Life Top 5


  • Duke University Admissions Ambassador
  • Duke Association for Business Oriented Women
  • Deja Blue A Cappella Group
  • Delta Gamma Sorority
  • Hoof'n'Horn Musical Theater Group
  • Greek Community Standards Review Board

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  • Duke Neurohumanities in Paris
  • Duke in London: Drama
  • Duke in New York: Arts and Media

Capstone Project