Communication & Media Studies

CMS

CMS Students
 
The Department of Communication and Media Studies (CMS) combines the social and cultural analysis of media and communication technologies with media production, including digital video, broadcast and print journalism, television, radio, photography, sports media, advertising, public relations and digital multimedia. The CMS curriculum is interdisciplinary by nature and international in scope, blending theory and practice, the historical and the contemporary, and the mainstream with the alternative. CMS offers undergraduate majors in: 
Communication Studies Digital Communication Media Arts Theatre Arts

CMS students explore everything from broadcasting, filmmaking and journalism to advertising, performing arts, and web design. We offer a variety of minors, and within our majors we offer concentrations in:

We believe in the power of stories and we invite you to join the ranks of the most influential storytellers: the media. Our ideal location, in Connecticut’s creative corridor and nearby New York City, allows our experienced faculty to partner with industry leaders to provide students with workshops, internships and networking opportunities before they graduate. In addition to our undergraduate majors, each of our graduate programs provides our students with the tools and professional experiences you need to tell meaningful stories that resonate with audiences:

FTMA
A Stamford-based master’s program that focuses on Film and Television Production

MACOMM
A master’s degree in Communication that focuses on Corporate Communication and Public Relations, Digital Multimedia Journalism and Digital Multimedia Production

MLDC
A master’s degree in Media Literacy and Digital Culture that focuses on Children, Health and Media, and Media and Social Justice

SCM
A Master’s degree in Sports Communication and Media that focuses on Sports Broadcasting and Athletic Communications and Promotions

CMS Students OutsideOur overall goal is to produce responsible media scholars, consumers, and communication professionals who: 1) analyze the social effect, moral substance, and aesthetic value of the media and communication technologies, and 2) learn the social and artistic skills involved in the conception, shaping and execution of their own media/communication projects and career paths.

By facilitating critical and creative thinking, CMS faculty members encourage students to explore the ethical implications of producing mass-mediated messages, and to appreciate the profound social responsibility she or he will have as a communications professional. Along the way, students gain the necessary skills to put their ideas and ideals into action through our robust media production curriculum.

In addition to visiting us at SHU's open houses and information sessions, we invite prospective students to tour our department and its facilities, or to meet with one of our faculty members. Please contact our department assistant at communication@sacredheart.edu or 203-371-7755 to schedule a meeting or tour.


 
Latest News

New Theatre Arts Major Announced

March 25, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University is announcing a new undergraduate degree in theatre arts, which is expected to launch in the fall of 2015. The new program will be housed in the Department of Communication & Media Studies and will be based on the university’s main campus in Fairfield.

Student Video is Finalist in NESN Next Producer Competition; Your Votes are Needed!

March 12, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Kieran McGirl ’15 is one of 11 finalists in a film contest sponsored by New England Sports Network’s (NESN) for its upcoming series NESN Next Producer. NESN describes the competition as part Shark Tank, part America’s Got Talent. Students were asked to create short sports films with the hope of winning $20,000 and a job opportunity at NESN. The seven-episode series will air Mondays following Red Sox post-game coverage, beginning April 6.

SHU to Present Reimagined Rural Health Care Photo Exhibit

February 19, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University will present a new multimedia show titled “Crossroads: Rural Health Care in America” at its Art & Design Gallery in February. The show, created by SHU’s Art & Design Department, will feature an exhibition of photographs and editorial work by SHU Professor Richard Falco and the screening of a related documentary film, directed by Falco with Joe Alicastro, coordinator of news & broadcasting for SHU’s master’s in communication (MACOMM) program. The exhibit will also feature large-scale text graphics designed by SHU Professor Jonathan Walker that will surround the photography and act almost as a “second voice” to guide viewers. The exhibit will open on Wednesday, February 25, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m.