BA in Communications/Media Studies

Working in media requires the ability to adapt to a fast, ever-changing environment. Whether you picture yourself working for a record company, TV network, film studio, sports team, or fashion magazine, majoring in Communications/Media Studies will prepare you to lead and work in this rapidly evolving media landscape.

About this program

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)

23 years

Establishing Traditions in Media

Number of years Quinnipiac has presented the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award

Program Overview

Awarding excellence

The School of Communications has presented the prestigious Fred Friendly First Amendment Award for broadcast journalism for more than 20 years. Winners have included Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw, Scott Pelley and Christiane Amanpour.

The breadth and flexibility of the Communications/Media Studies major 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 the QU 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
  • 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.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Communications Curriculum (Media Studies)

Course List
University Curriculum 1
Complete the University Curriculum 46
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
Select three of the following:9
MSS 220
U.S. Media History 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
Sports, Media & 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

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

Double Major Electives

Students majoring in a School of Communications program who wish to double major in media studies must take the following as two of their elective courses:

Course List
MSS 332Media Research Methods3
or STC 332 Communication Research and Analysis
MSS 495Media Trend Forecasting and Strategy3

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 may not minor in media studies.