By the Numbers
The breadth and flexibility of the BA in Communications/Media Studies allows you to pursue your specific interests. In your media studies classes, you’ll analyze the latest trends impacting media industries and users. You’ll also develop the critical and creative thinking abilities and effective communication skills employers are seeking.
Internships, including opportunities to work in LA through the Quinnipiac University in Los Angeles program, challenge you to apply both the knowledge gained from your course work and creative problem-solving skills to real-world situations.
Our graduates work in a variety of professional fields including film and television, the music and radio industries, magazines, news, sports, fashion, public relations, marketing, advertising, and media research.
Here are just a few of their job titles:
- Audience Analyst, HBO
- National Accounts Representative, Universal Music Group
- Senior Brand Producer, Forbes Media
- Production Assistant, NBCUniversal Sports
- Digital Media Planner, YES Network
- Social Media Editor, World Wrestling Entertainment
- Associate Producer, BBC Worldwide
- Producer, ABC News
- Production Assistant, Marvel Studios
- Market Research Analyst, Fox News Channel
- Hospitality Event Coordinator, New York Mets
- Social Media Coordinator, US Open
- Guest Relations, Walt Disney World
- Volunteer Development Specialist, Habitat for Humanity
- Design Studio Coordinator, Hugo Boss
- Advertising Sales Assistant, Hearst Publications
- Assistant Media Planner, Mullen
- Sales Associate, CBS Radio
Our alumni have also pursued graduate studies in business, law, education, journalism, public relations and interactive media.
“Being able to properly communicate and understand the media, whether it is through stories or data, is key to any role in media studies. My classes and experiences at Quinnipiac taught me these important skills.”Cara Gilmartin '14Senior Brand Producer at Forbes
In a class of her own
Angie King ’17, media studies major and management minor, made the most of her Quinnipiac education — in the classroom as highest GPA and Overall Achievement Award recipient in the School of Communications; on the field as the field hockey co-captain and season MVP; and around the world as an international service learning scholar.
“The media studies classes prepared me to conduct market research, trend analysis and client proposals,” she said of the market-driven knowledge she developed. “I love having professors who are passionate about what they teach and that is what I have seen from every single media studies professor. It’s hard not to be passionate about the media industry when you are surrounded by these professors.”Read the full story
Discovering career paths
Like many people, media studies alumna Katerina Randazzo (Johnson) '13 always loved television; her major taught her how to take that hobby and turn it into a viable career path.
"I had so many great professors," Randazzo said. "They assured me I had chosen the right field, and pushed me into the research end specifically."
A paper she wrote in one of her classes landed her a pivotal internship at Showtime in her senior year. Quinnipiac's close proximity to New York City enabled Randazzo to commute to her internship three times a week, while attending classes on off-days and nights.
"Because I interned while in school, I was able to get my first job almost immediately after graduation, at Bravo," she said.
Now an auidence research analyst at HBO, Randazzo analyzes Nielsen ratings data for various trends and audience behaviors. Virtually all of HBO's departments, from management to program planning and marketing rely on her findings.
"The industry speaks in numbers," Randazzo said. "How many people are watching? How often do they watch? What else are they watching?"
Randazzo credits her internships with helping her find her niche, and setting her on a path to a career at her favorite network.
“Without Quinnipiac, I know I wouldn't be here. The Media Studies program helped me discover the different layers of the industry and find a career that really suited me.”Katerina Randazzo '13Media Studies
From industry trends to the coverage of current events, our students are passionate about everything related to media. The enthusiasm is on full display in digital class discussions that take place throughout the semester.
In the Media Trends capstone class, students discuss everything from celebrity culture, music streaming services and branding in sports.
In the Political Communication: Election 2016 course, students commented on television coverage of the 2016 presidential race, politics in Hollywood and the portrayal of candidates on comedy shows.
“The courses here at Quinnipiac have really helped me with my jobs and internships. Communications and Media Law Policy is a great example. This course enlightened me on the rights the media has. I introduce my coworkers to new tools and platforms I have learned from the courses here at Quinnipiac.”Linda Vilay '19
Paving the way for your career
In the School of Communications, we are focused on the same thing you are: your success. Our faculty are here to help you find your career passion, and we do it with one-on-one career development and internship assistance specific to the communications industries. We'll teach you how to develop your personal brand, write a resume and cover letter, leverage social networking and shine during interviews. We are here to help you every step of the way to help you design your own career path and find opportunities that are right for you.
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Curriculum and Requirements
BA in Communications Curriculum (Media Studies)
Students majoring in Communications/Media Studies must meet the following requirements for graduation:
|University Curriculum 1||46|
|Required School of Communications core courses 2|
|COM 120||Media Industries and Trends||3|
|COM 130||Visual Design||3|
|School of Communications Requirements|
|Global Issues and Cultures: select two courses||6|
|Additional courses outside the SoC, one of which must be at the 200-level or higher||6|
|Seminars for Success|
|COM 101||Communications First-Year Seminar||1|
|COM 201||Media Career Development||1|
|Required Media Studies Courses|
|MSS 231||Media and Society||3|
|MSS 332||Media Research Methods||3|
|MSS 340||Communications Law and Policy||3|
|MSS 495||Media Trend Forecasting and Strategy||3|
|COM 490||Communications Career Internship||3|
|Select four of the following, one of which must be a 400-level MSS elective:||12|
|Media, History and Memory 3|
|Diversity in the Media (WS 311)|
|Communication Technologies: Evolution and Impact|
|Media Users and Audiences (WS 345)|
MSS 349/PO 348
|Political Communication (PO 348)|
|Sports, Media and Society (SPS 420)|
|Media Critics and Influencers|
|Crime, Media and Culture|
And/or any FTM, GID, JRN or STC courses
Other non-School of Communications courses with chair’s approval
|Complete 6 credits||6|
All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum. Students majoring in Communications (Media Studies) will complete their Integrative Capstone Requirement within the major with MSS 495. In place of those credits, the student will select an additional unrestricted course in the University Curriculum.
Core must be completed by end of sophomore year.
MSS 220 can also be taken as a UC Humanities under Disciplinary Inquiry or under Part 1 or 2 of UC Personal Inquiry.
All students majoring in communications are required to take a minor (typically 18 credits) that will complement their career and/or personal interests. This minor can be from any program either within or outside the School of Communications. However, a student majoring in communications/media studies may not minor in media studies.
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