Communication & Media Studies


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:

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

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

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

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 or 203-371-7755 to schedule a meeting or tour.

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Grad Kieran McGirl ’15 is NESN’s Next Producer

July 2, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – “Ever since I was a little kid, it was my dream to be a filmmaker,” says Sacred Heart University graduate Kieran McGirl as he recalls the formative experience that inspired his dream: sitting in an airport with his Uncle Shaun, the actor, watching Charlie Chaplin on a portable DVD player. “I was enamored by the fact that these old silent films were still relevant, still engaging, still beautiful. From that day on, I knew I wanted to do this. I wanted to tell stories and entertain people—to make people happy, and even make people sad.”

SHU Team Collaborates on Body-Image Research Published in Journal of American College Health

June 30, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – In its May issue, the Journal of American College Health has published a paper authored by a team of Sacred Heart University professors and personnel, including a chart of body types that could change the way body-image studies are conducted.

4th Annual SHU Media Exchange to Focus on Women and Minorities in Media

May 29, 2015

FAIRFIELD, CT – The graduate students from Sacred Heart University’s Masters in Communication program will host the 4th annual SHU Media Exchange on Thursday, June 18th, 2015. This year’s SHU Media Exchange will connect students with professionals and serve as a platform for discussion on the growing media industry where women and minorities are breaking barriers. The free event begins with a reception at 6 p.m. offering food, drinks, and tours around the newly constructed Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center, followed by a panel discussion at 7 p.m. To RSVP for this event, visit