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COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES A Powerful Educational Experience As a communication and media studies major, you will receive a liberal arts education while gaining the knowledge and expertise required to succeed in career fields. 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.

A Cutting-Edge Curriculum Our curriculum can be applied to many fields including journalism, television, radio, advertising, public relations, higher education, and the nonprofit sector. Our students gain firsthand experience through clubs, internships, and co-ops, and our distinguished alumni have pursued careers as news anchors, filmmakers, writers and public relations professionals.





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 internships at TV stations, athletics organizations, advertising firms and more to develop skills necessary to produce professionalquality 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.


COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA STUDIES Interns have been placed in all areas of the communications industry including nonprofit organizations, public relations firms, advertising agencies, radio and television stations, sports teams, magazines and newspapers. The communication and media studies department currently has partnerships with Pegula Sports & Entertainment, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Gelia Integrated Marketing, and Habitat for Humanity, among others, giving students priority consideration for valuable internship positions.


Public Relations Broadcasting

In addition, NU’s Office of Career Services offers lifetime job placement assistance for all graduates. “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.”

Marketing Film Production

Leanne Stuck, ’15 News Reporter, WGRZ-TV (NBC)

$60,000 Median Pay for Public Relations Specialists in 2018*

NU operates a student-run newspaper called ‘The Wire’ that publishes five printed issues each semester.

*Data source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

About Niagara University Founded by the Vincentian community in 1856, Niagara University educates students in the highest academic tradition so that they graduate with the confidence, clarity of direction, and heightened sense of purpose to excel in their careers and be change leaders in their field. The university has received accolades from U.S. News & World Report, Colleges of Distinction and Money magazine for its ability to offer students a high return on their educational investment.

CONTACT US TODAY www.niagara.edu/communication Dr. Carrie Teresa, Chair and Assistant Professor cteresa@niagara.edu Dr. Mark Barner, Associate Professor barner@niagara.edu


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Communication and Media Studies (B.A.)  

Communication and Media Studies (B.A.)