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Female Student at Mixing PanelThe Communications program at the School of Professional and Continuing Studies provides students with a disciplined understanding of the media, their relationship to culture and society, and the process of communication.

As a Communications major, you will find unique and valuable opportunities at Fordham:

  • You'll draw on a strong liberal arts background in the humanities.
  • Your studies will be supplemented by New York's resources as the media capital of the world

The program blends theory and professional training to prepare students for advanced study or careers in several fields:

  • advertising
  • journalism
  • broadcasting
  • public relations
  • other communications-oriented fields

This bachelor's degree program is available at the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses for PCS students only.

Major Course Requirements

 To major in Communications (COMM), students must complete:

  • Two introductory courses: COMM 1000: Fundamentals in Communication and Media Studies or
    COMM 1010: Introduction to Communications and Media Studies (Fall 2016 or before) and
    COMC 2329/COMM 1011: Media Industries
  • Two Media, Culture and Society courses: Any courses with a COMC designator fills this requirement (except COMC-2329)
  • One Ethics, Law and Policy course
  • Three courses in ONE of the following concentrations: Film, Journalism, Media, Culture and Society, New Media/Participatory Media, TV/Radio
  • Three electives in any of the five concentrations listed above

Concentration Requirement

Majors are required to specialize in one of the program’s five concentrations by taking that concentration’s introductory course and two additional courses in the same concentration. Students may choose from the following five concentrations:

  • Media, Culture and Society:
    • COMC 1101/COMM 2100: Communication and Culture: History, Theory and Methods
    • Any two COMC courses
  • Journalism:
    • JOUR 1701/COMM 2083: Introduction to Multimedia Journalism
    • Any two JOUR courses
  • Film:
    • FITV 1501/COMM 2471: Understanding Film
    • Any two FITV courses
  • Television/Radio:
    • FITV 1601/COMM 3332: Understanding Television or COMM 2330: Introduction to Electronic Media (discontinued)
    • Two of any FITV courses numbered x6xx or any JOUR courses with "Television" or "Radio" in the course title
  • New Media/Participatory Media:
    • DTEM 1401/COMM 2500: Introduction to Digital Technology and Emerging Media
    • Any two DTEM courses
  • Ethics, Law and Policy Courses:
    • COMC 3340/COMM 3103: Freedom of Expression
    • COMC 3370/COMM 3476: Ethical Issues and the Media
    • COMC 3330/COMM 3110: Peace, Justice and the Media
    • COMC 3350/COMM 3112: Media Law
    • COMC 3380/COMM 3106: International Communication
    • DTEM 4440: Privacy and Surveillance
    • DTEM 4480/COMM 4005: Digital Media and Public Responsibility
    • FITV 4570/COMM 4001: Films of Moral Struggle

Communications Minor

 To minor in Communications (COMM), students must complete:

  • One introductory course: COMM 1000: Fundamentals in Communication and Media Studies or COMM 1010: Introduction to Communication and Media Studies (Fall 2016 and before) or COMC 2339/COMM 1011: Media Industries
  • One Media, Culture and Society course: Any course with a COMC designator fills this requirement except COMC 2329
  • One course covering Ethics, Law and Policy
  • Three electives in any of the five concentrations listed below
      1. Film
      2. Journalism
      3. Media, Culture and Society
      4. New Media/Participatory Media
      5. TV/Radio