Overview

The School of Communications fosters student success and leadership in a rapidly changing world of communication by offering a liberal arts education built on a practical and theoretical foundation of scholarship and ethics, a command of evolving technologies, and a respect for diversity.

Student Enrollment

Student enrollment


Undergraduate enrollment, Fall 2018

A colorful pie chart showing the 2018 undergraduate program enrollment for the School of Communications

As of Fall 2018, the School of Communications enrolled 870 undergraduate students across 6 programs, with a portion undeclared.

Graduate enrollment, Fall 2018

A colorful pie chart showing the 2018 graduate program enrollment for the School of Communications

As of Fall 2018, the School of Communications enrolled 114 graduate students across 4 programs.

By the Numbers

3.34


Average GPA

1180


Median SAT

25


Median ACT

17:1


Student-to-faculty ratio

26


Average class size (lecture style)

17


Average class size (studio/workshop style)

Career Outcomes

Career outcomes

A colorful pie chart showing the employment and graduate school placement rate for Communications alumni

According to data collected in 2018, the School of Communications has a success rate of 88%, with 71% of graduates employed and 17% of graduates currently attending graduate school.

Internships

In 2018-19 our students secured top internships at a variety of companies such as:

  • American Red Cross
  • Baker Public Relations
  • Brandsway Creative
  • Cartel Entertainment
  • Christie's
  • CodedPR
  • Don Kee Productions
  • Flaunt Magazine
  • Fox Sports Radio
  • Franklin Entertainment
  • H2R Productions
  • ID-PR (LA and NYC)
  • iHeartMedia
  • John Fogel Entertainment Group
  • Mohegan Sun
  • More Media
  • NBC Sports
  • Project Purple
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
  • SiriusXM
  • SmithGeiger
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Special Olympics CT
  • TedxCrenshaw
  • Television Academy
  • The Montecito Picture Company
  • TMZ
  • TracyLocke
  • Viacom
  • VIMBY
  • Warner Music Group

Alumni network

Our alumni are leaders at top companies such as:

  • ABC News
  • Breitling USA 
  • CBS Interactive
  • Children's Specialized Hospital
  • CNN
  • Condé Nast
  • Disney College Program
  • Fortitude International
  • Fox Networks
  • Golf Channel
  • Haddad & Partners
  • HBO
  • Hogarth Worldwide
  • Hunter Public Relations
  • JCDecaux
  • KnicksFanTV
  • Live Nation
  • Momentum Advertising & Design
  • National Basketball Association (NBA)
  • National Football League (NFL)
  • NBC Universal
  • Pure Media
  • Record-Journal
  • Slooh
  • Soni Resources Group
  • Sprint
  • The TJX Companies, Inc.
  • Weber Shandwick
  • 451 Agency

Undergraduate Requirements

Undergraduate requirements

Beyond the University Curriculum requirements, students pursuing a bachelor of arts in the School of Communications must complete the following:

  • 9 credits in the school-wide core
  • a minor (typically 18 credits) to be chosen in consultation with the student's adviser
  • 2 credits in the Seminars for Success: COM 101 and COM 201
  • 6 credits in the area of “global issues and cultures.” The School of Communications maintains a list of acceptable courses to satisfy this requirement.
  • two additional courses outside the School of Communications, one of which must be at the 200 level or higher.
  • Note: The BA and BFA degrees in film, television and media arts require the completion of DR 150, DR 160 or DR 220 and one additional course outside the School of Communications at the 200-level or higher. Students pursuing the BFA degree are not required to complete a minor.

Academic Expectations: Students are expected to achieve a B- (2.67 GPA) or better in School of Communications courses during their first semester in the School of Communications. Students who do not meet this standard will be notified and are required to meet with a representative from the dean’s office to address their academic progress and develop a plan for improvement.

Transfer credits: The School of Communications accepts up to 18 transfer credits toward major requirements. Additional courses may apply to UC or additional elective courses as appropriate.

You can view the overall School of Communications curriculum by visiting our University Catalog site.

Accreditation

Accreditation

Our Public Relations programs are certified by the Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR) through the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. They advocate rigorous academic standards for public relations education, the highest ethical principles and diversity in the profession.

The CEPR offers approved academic programs, like Quinnipiac’s, the opportunity to have an outside evaluation team review and endorse undergraduate and master’s level programs for meeting standards in curriculum, faculty, students, resources and facilities, assessment, professional affiliations, relationships with the total unit and the university and diversity and global perspectives.

This CEPR certification places Quinnipiac among only three programs in the country to be recognized in this way.