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BA in Communications/Media Studies

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By the Numbers

Top 10


Well-Prepared Professionals

Quinnipiac is ranked among the top 10 schools in LinkedIn's analysis of best schools for media professionals. (Linkedin 2014)

93.5%


Overall Career Placement

Percentage of media studies class of 2016 employed or in graduate school.

76.3%


Media-Related Job Placement

Percentage of employed media studies class of 2015 working in media-related jobs.

Program Overview

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.

Student Joel Vanner developing marketing schedule for a media studies class.

Freedom to explore

"I chose media studies as my major because it provides a strong foundation for a diverse communications background, and the freedom to take a wider variety of classes throughout the university,” said Joel Vanner ’19.

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.

Cara Gilmartin greets students and answers their questions during the Media Mashup.

Professional skills

Cara Gilmartin greets students and answers their questions during the Media Mashup, an interdisciplinary event for all communications students to network and learn industry trends with professionals.

“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 '14
Senior Brand Producer at Forbes

Student Spotlights

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.”

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Student Angie King photographed with a monkey on her shoulders while studying in Bali.

World traveler

“My Quinnipiac experience has been so special because of the opportunities it has given me outside of the classroom,” said Angie King ’17. “I have been so fortunate to travel to Bali, Indonesia through an international immersion course; South Africa to visit a teammate and Europe during my senior spring.”

Student Spotlights Continued

Two student newscasters on the set of Q30, our student-run television station.

Live from Q30

Brenna Oricollo '18 on set of Q30 television, Quinnipiac's student-run television station.

A natural born leader

As she made her way across campus on a particularly gray and rainy Accepted Students Day, media studies major Brenna Oricolli ’18 was still shocked by the beauty of Quinnipiac, and all it had to offer.

“After speaking with professors in the School of Communications, I knew that I would thrive here,” she said. 

Oricolli would soon find her niche on the staff of Q30 Television, Quinnipiac’s student-run television station.

Combining her background in media production with the skills from her business management minor, she eventually rose to the position of station General Manager. As GM, Oricolli oversees all aspects of Q30, from cabinet meetings and training sessions to all creative content produced. She even finds time to star as on-air talent for one of the station’s programs.

For her academic excellence and leadership, Oricolli was inducted into the Communications Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta, which she also serves as president of. After heading two organizations while managing coursework and internship responsibilities, Oricolli knows where she belongs after graduation.

“Being a leader just comes naturally for me,” she said. “I am definitely aiming for a management position at a major company.”

Alumni Spotlight

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.

Student Katerina Randazzo stands in front of a marble wall with an HBO logo on it.

Find your passion

Katerina Randazzo (Johnson) '13 was guided by her professors to pursue a career in analytics, where she now uses those skills in her role with HBO.

"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 '13
Media Studies

Class Blogs

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

Career Development

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.

Visit our Career Development page to learn more about networking, recruitment and internship opportunities.

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Student Ryan Chichester networks with employers during the Media Mashup event.

Making connections

Quinnipiac student Ryan Chichester networks during the Media Mashup Thursday, April 6, 2017 in the Rocky Top Student Center on Quinnipiac's York Hill Campus.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Communications Curriculum (Media Studies)

University Curriculum 146
Required School of Communications core courses 2
COM 120Media Industries and Trends3
COM 130Visual Design3
COM 140Storytelling3
School of Communications Requirements
Global Issues and Cultures: select two courses6
Additional courses outside the SoC, one of which must be at the 200-level or higher6
Seminars for Success
COM 101Communications First-Year Seminar1
COM 201Media Career Development1
Required Media Studies Courses
MSS 231Media and Society3
MSS 332Media Research Methods3
MSS 340Communications Law and Policy3
MSS 450Senior Seminar3
MSS 495Media Trend Forecasting and Strategy3
COM 490Communications Career Internship3
Electives
Select three of the following:9
MSS 220
Media, History and Memory 3
MSS/WS 311
Diversity in the Media (WS 311)
MSS 320
Communication Technologies: Evolution and Impact
MSS/WS 345
Media Users and Audiences (WS 345)
MSS 346
Global Communication
MSS 349/PO 348
Political Communication (PO 348)
MSS 400
Special Topics
MSS/SPS 420
Sports, Media and Society (SPS 420)
And/or any FTM, IDD, JRN or STC courses
Other non-School of Communications courses with chair’s approval
Open electives
Complete 6 credits6
Minor Courses18
Total Credits120
1

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. 

2

Core must be completed by end of sophomore year.

3

MSS 220 can also be taken as a UC Humanities under Disciplinary Inquiry or under Part 1 or 2 of UC Personal Inquiry.

Minor Requirement

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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