About Communication and Media Studies

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 institutions that support the processes of mediated communication, and their relationship to culture and society. The program blends theory and practice to prepare students for advanced study or careers in communications, all within the context of a rigorous liberal arts education, supplemented by New York City's resources as the media capital of the world.

Our faculty members are leaders in the study and practice of film, journalism, media history, new media, policy and law, public media, television, communication and cultural studies. 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.

Curricular Goals

Upon graduation from our major:

  • Students will be able to approach communication issues from multiple perspectives such as cultural, economic, historical, linguistic, philosophical, political, psychological and sociological.
  • Students will have an understanding of and experience with mediated and non-mediated forms of communication.
  • Students will be experienced in communication praxis (practice informed by and grounded in theoretical understanding).
  • Students will have an understanding of the global implications of mediated communication.
  • Students will be well versed in considering 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.