About this program
Quinnipiac is ranked among the top 10 schools in LinkedIn's analysis of best schools for media professionals. (Linkedin 2014)
Overall Career Placement
Percentage of media studies class of 2015 employed or in graduate school.
Media-Related Job Placement
Percentage of employed media studies class of 2015 working in media-related jobs.
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
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
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 '18
Curriculum and Requirements
BA in Communications Curriculum (Media Studies)
|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 450||Senior Seminar||3|
|MSS 495||Media Trend Forecasting and Strategy||3|
|COM 490||Communications Career Internship||3|
|Select three of the following:||9|
|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 & Society (SPS 420)|
And/or any FTM, IDD, 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.
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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