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The communication and media studies curriculum brings a 21st century perspective to the study of mass media to help students appreciate the interconnectedness of what were once considered unique media systems. The program is designed to provide students with an education in the liberal arts as well as a comprehensive background in the field of communication studies. We teach our students how to write for a variety of media formats, how to produce visual media to inform or entertain, and how to do research using the latest technology.

Elective offerings give students the opportunity to tailor their education to their individual career goals. Internships and extracurricular activities allow students to gain practical experience and knowledge of various media systems.

Goals 

Communication and Media studies at Niagara University is designed to give students a strong background in professional and liberal arts concerns with respect to the mass communications media. Consistent with the departmental and university’s missions, our goal is to produce graduates who appreciate:

  • The importance of language in conveying the meaning of events.
  • The primacy of digital forms of communication in the 21st century.
  • The dedication of careers in media, which serve the interests of social justice, environmental renewal and global peaceful existence.

Program Information 

Liberal Arts Requirement20
Foundation Courses 9
Distribution Courses 11
Major Requirement20
CMS 100 Introduction to Media Studies 1
CMS 120 Writing for the Media 1
CMS 200 Media Theory 1
CMS 222 Digital Journalism 1
CMS 245 Digital Media Production 1
CMS 330 Research Methods 1
CMS 345 Video Production 1
CMS 395 Mass Communications Law 1
CMS 460 Senior Seminar 1
Media writing elective 1
CMS electives 5
Advised electives 5
Total Program 40

Mission Statement

Recognizing that communication is an essential part of society, the Communication and Media Studies Department seeks to instill in its students the important contribution that mass media can play in bettering the human condition. The skills learned in this program can be applied in numerous media careers including journalism, television, radio, advertising, public relations, teaching, research, and nonprofit organizations. The ethics and values embodied in the curriculum are meant to produce graduates who understand the significance of mass media in making sense of our world. Integral to all of these is an understanding of the role played by the commercial, public and nonprofit sectors of the media and cultural industries. By emphasizing communication for human needs, we fulfill the mission of the university in focusing concern for the marginalized sectors of our society and world.