As a communication and media studies major, you will receive a liberal arts education while gaining the knowledge and expertise required to succeed in a related career field.

You can write for our student newspaper, the Niagara Wire, or be part of the production team on “The Ridge Report,” our student-run newscast. Perhaps you’d like to run a PR campaign for a local nonprofit or tour international media facilities in England – at NU, there’s a course for that!

Students in the program learn how to use 21st century digital media in new and exciting ways, while gaining a deep understanding and appreciation for the cultural and social aspects of various media industries, including critical media literacy, civil discourse, and the value of free speech.

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Through unique opportunities such as exploring the cultural context of comics or film, studying mass media in London, or working on a newspaper or a live ESPN broadcast, the CMS program offers students unforgettable academic experiences.


Students get hands-on experience through intern-ships at TV stations, athletics organizations, advertising firms and more to develop skills necessary to produce professional-quality content in a variety of media industries, and learn side-by-side with leading industry professionals.


Our award-winning faculty members will mentor you, both in the classroom and as club advisors, as they represent the student-centered approach that makes NU a premier teaching institution.

  “It was a Niagara alum connection that landed me my dream internship with WCBS in New York City. As I look at the other people in my field, I see that we all started with high-profile internships. I am thankful to the CMS department for the opportunity. I’m not sure I would have gotten my foot in the door otherwise.”

Leanne Stuck, ’15, News Reporter


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Median Pay for Public Relations Specialists in 2018 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.