Communications

Degree Options: Major, Minor
Locations: Lincoln Center, Rose Hill
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There are eight million stories in the naked city—and seven billion more in the world. Tell them.

iphone and iPad with newsprint - LGIn the 21st century, much of our communication is “mediated,” thanks to technology. In the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham, you’ll study the media technologies, industries, and institutions that support our mediated communications—and their relationship to culture and society.

Our program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of communication. You’ll gain media literacy through critical, analytical, and practical knowledge. And you’ll learn the essential tools of journalism, broadcasting, marketing, and digital media.

Our faculty members are a dynamic mix of media scholars and industry leaders who serve as models of critical dialogue. We emphasize values and ethics in various settings, including public interest, government, NGO, and corporate cultures.

But you’ll learn more than communications here. You’ll also study philosophy, theology, history, mathematics, languages, and the performing arts through Fordham’s common core curriculum, the centerpiece of our liberal arts education.

We want you to excel in your field—and as a human being.

Program Highlights

Majors in communication & media studies have five concentrations to choose from:

  • Film
  • Journalism
  • Media, Culture, and Society
  • New Media/Participatory Media
  • Television/Radio

Internships

Our students take advantage of New York City’s thriving media industry through experiential learning, and internships, and service learning. Some recent internships include:

ABC News & Sports
Atlantic Records
CBS News and CBS Sports
The Colbert Report
Cosmopolitan
The Daily Show
ESPN
MTV
NBC News and NBC Sports
Simon & Schuster
Time
The Wall Street Journal

Fordham’s Career Services offers CareerLink, database of thousands of job and internship opportunities exclusively for Fordham students.

Facilities

The Edward A. Walsh Digital Media Laboratory supports teaching, research, and production in new media, networking, and media convergence.

  • Designed for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students
  • Mac-based lab
  • High-def digital cameras
  • Classroom for group instruction
  • Workroom for individualized projects and research
  • Production room for video, audio, and multimedia

Research

At the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center, media scholars cast a critical eye on media performance, policy, management, and ethics to understand how to sustain a media system that functions as a business while serving the public interest.

On-Campus Media

Gain practical experience on campus at:

WFUV, Fordham’s Public Media Station
Fordham Nightly News
The Ram
The Observer

Study Abroad

Study abroad enriches you academically, culturally, and personally. There is a globe of possibilities available through Fordham’s International and Study Abroad Program

Sample Courses

Film
Introduction to Film
History of Film 1890–1950
Documentary Idea
Women Filmmakers in Europe

Journalism
The Power of News
Science Journalism
First-Person Writing
Inside The New York Times

Media, Culture, and Society
Mass Communication and Society
Children and the Media
Dissent and Disinformation
International Communication

New Media/Participatory Media
Digital Media and Public Responsibility
Digital Video Design
Advanced Internet Reporting
Social Media

Television/Radio
Writing Television and Radio News
Advanced Television Production
The Murrow Years: 1938–65
Sports Communication

Life After Fordham

Is there an industry where it’s not important to express yourself clearly, be technologically savvy, and listen to what others have to say? The skills you learn in the communications department are useful in a range of sectors.

Some of the positions our graduates hold:

Producer, Forbes Media
Public Relations Manager, Liz Claiborne
Correspondent, WNYC FM
Editor, MSNBC.com
VP for New Media, Razor & Tie Entertainment
Assistant Dean, Fordham University

Get a job, right? Yes, but you want more: a career. Our career services tap Fordham’s ties with more than 2,600 companies. We offer:

  • postgraduation career search
  • resume development, Interviewing practice
  • networking skill development
  • hands-on case-study sessions with industry executives
  • field-specific advising/coaching

You also get access to our powerful (and Fordham-loyal) alumni network, who want to see you succeed as they have.

Learn More About the Communication Degree

Email: cms@fordham.edu