Communication & Media Studies

Department Location

Melady Hall
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

Department Chair

Debbie Danowski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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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, 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.
 
The department offers undergraduate majors in media arts (MA), communication studies (CS) and digital communication (DC). MA, CS and DC majors explore everything from broadcasting, filmmaking and journalism to advertising, public relations, web design, sports media and digital and multimedia production. The department gives all of its students immediate access to the latest technology and software in order to prepare them for the career path they choose either within the media or communications industries or in another field.
 
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 mentorships, and networking opportunities before they graduate. Each of our graduate programs provides you with the tools and professional experiences you need to tell meaningful stories that resonate with audiences.
  • MACOMM: Our master's degree in communication focuses on corporate communication and public relations, digital multimedia journalism and digital multimedia production.
  • FTMA: Our master's degree in film and television focuses on film and television production.
  • SCM: Our master's degree in sports communication and media focuses on sports broadcasting and athletic communications and promotions.
Our 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

Project Limulus Film, by SHU Alumni Sarah Pfeffer

Project Limulus film produced by SHU alumni Sarah Pfeffer selected to be shown at the Beneath the Waves film festival

Sarah Pfeffer, recent graduate of our master’s in communication program, produced a film entitled Project Limulus, which has been selected for a screening at the Beneath the Waves Film Festival.  Read more  


  

Renowned Movie Producer Hausman Talks With Film Students

November 20, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Legendary film producer Michael Hausman visited Sacred Heart University’s Stamford campus Monday evening to discuss filmmaking with two dozen graduate students enrolled in the film and television master’s program. Hausman has been a film producer for more than 40 years, with credits including Brokeback Mountain, Gangs of New York, The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Firm, and Amadeus. He visited SHU as a guest of Visiting Assistant Professors Damon Maulucci and Justin Liberman. Both professors are graduates of the Columbia University School of the Arts, where Hausman teaches. For information about applying to the FTMA program, visit http://ftma.sacredheart.edu/.

SHUsquare to Enhance Teaching and Learning Across Disciplines

September 26, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s SHUsquare website made its official debut on September 10 at a meeting attended by first-year students and faculty in the Fairfield campus’ Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts. Marie Hulme, an English instructor and director of SHUsquare, which has been described as a “Virtual Public Square,” introduced the new and exciting initiative. She told the audience that SHUsquare is “a social media platform that allows students and faculty to keep conversations going beyond the classroom and a place of intellectual connectivity.”

New Master of Arts in Sports Communication and Media Announced

September 9, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University has announced the creation of a new master’s degree in sports communication and media to launch in the fall of 2014. The degree will prepare students for the myriad responsibilities and required skill sets of sports media professionals in the 2010s.The new program will take advantage of the professional experience of several existing communication and media studies faculty members, including Andrew Miller, who worked in Los Angeles in film and production; Brian Thorne, who works with the Golf Channel, NFL Films and Major League Baseball; and Paul Pabst, executive producer of DirecTV’s The Dan Patrick Show.