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.

Latest News

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

Student Video Advances to Top Four Finals in NESN Next Producer Competition

May 8, 2015

FAIRFIELD, CONN. - Sacred Heart University’s Kieran McGirl ’15 has advanced to the Top Four finals in the New England Sports Network’s NESN Next Producer competition. If his short sports documentary, The Rise and Fall of Johnny Hockey, wins the most online votes, the senior media and communications studies student will win $20,000 and a job opportunity with NESN.

Student Receives Fulbright Grant to Develop an Online Education Platform in Albania

May 6, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s Christopher Minardi ’15 of Cheshire has been chosen to receive a Fulbright U.S. Student Award. He will spend nine months in Albania’s capitol city, Tirana, beginning in the fall, where he will live and work, planning and executing an educational project he conceived and proposed to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for their 2015-2016 academic year.