Communication and Media Studies

Female Student at Computer Control Panel FLIPPED- LGThe Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University (CMS) is dedicated to a pluralistic examination of human communication in an increasingly networked society. Just as digitalization and other forms of technological innovation yield a media environment that is constantly changing and evolving, sometimes in revolutionary ways, our diverse program keeps current to the most recent developments in theory and practice while staying true to its mission of emphasizing values and ethics.

Our faculty are leaders in the study of film, journalism, media ecology, media history, new media, policy and law, public media, and production. We pride ourselves on offering opportunities for undergraduate students to work directly with faculty members in scholarship and training for future careers in multiple communication and media-focused careers.

The Department of Communication and Media Studies offers opportunities to pursue:
  • a B.A. in communication with specialties in film, journalism, new media/participatory media, television and radio, and media, culture, and society
  • an undergraduate minor in communication studies
  • an M.A. in public media, pending state approval 

We are also affiliated with the interdisciplinary major in new media and digital design at Lincoln Center. Courses are available at both the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses.

The Department of Communication and Media Studies provides its majors with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of communication, with an emphasis on the media technologies, industries, and strategies that are part of our everyday culture and society. We blend theory and practice to prepare students for advanced study or careers in journalism, public relations, advocacy, digital production, and more.

Upon graduation from our major, students will:
  • Approach communication issues from diverse cultural, economic, historical, linguistic, philosophical, political, psychological, and sociological perspectives.
  • Have experience creating content for a variety of mediated forms of communication.
  • Understand of the global implications of mediated communication.
  • Consider the ethical and social justice dimensions of communication issues, and will have a clear understanding of the legal and political issues central to media institutions.