Quinnipiac is a national leader for long-term return on investment at the 40-year mark, providing graduates with strong earnings potential for decades after they collect their diploma, according to the first-of-its-kind study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
Teachers, creators — innovators
The School of Communications has 29 full-time faculty, all of whom bring extensive academic and industry knowledge to the classroom. Through a combination of academic theory and market-proven expertise, our faculty will work tirelessly with you to ensure your success.
You will learn from award-winning faculty who are industry leaders in film, media, design, journalism, advertising and public relations.
Professor Ben Bogardus has made a career covering big stories — from presidential races to natural disasters to the Super Bowl. He's been recognized for his accomplishments with an Edward R. Murrow Award, multiple Emmy awards and Associated Press awards for excellence in journalism.
Bogardus sees that his beat extends far beyond the Quinnipiac campuses. An active broadcast journalist and producer, he remains immersed in the latest industry trends and technology. Walking into Bogardus' classroom, you can expect to master the tools you need to be successful in an ever-evolving industry.
Faculty like Bogardus continue to contribute to their fields — and each of them are here because they want to teach. After all, your success is our success.
By the Numbers
Programs at a Glance
From traditional to innovative to accelerated, we’ve got a program for that
All School of Communications programs deliver market-driven knowledge and expertise and provide strong emphasis on experiential learning in our world-sized classroom. Our model of communications education takes our students beyond the ordinary to learn and apply their knowledge in real communications and media settings.
The School of Communications offers industry-staple programs in journalism, public relations, media studies, and film, television and media arts. In response to market demands, we also offer new-media programs in advertising and integrated communications, as well as graphic and interactive design. These programs are at the cutting-edge of the industry and we continuously adjust our programs to meet the needs of the market.
If you're looking for advanced programs, we've got those, too. The School of Communications offers a variety of accelerated and dual-degree master's programs, such as our 4-year (3+1) BA or BFA/MS program, which allows you to complete your undergraduate and graduate degrees together in just four years to get you working faster. And as a communications student, beating deadlines is something you can appreciate.
A network of opportunity
School of Communications students create a vibrant community, participating in more than 12 student-run clubs and organizations, such as The Chronicle, Q30-TV, WQAQ FM, Quinnipiac Film Society and the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network.
Our students immerse themselves in student competitions, including the College Media Association Pinnacle, the New England Society of News Editors, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
You'll also have opportunities to work, study and travel in places such as New York City, South Africa and Dublin, Ireland. Plus, our unique Quinnipiac in LA program is a year-round learning experience in Los Angeles for our undergraduate and graduate students that combines course work with an internship in the entertainment industry, journalism, digital design, advertising and many other areas.
“I feel like I am learning so much this way. It’s exactly what I want to do in my life, and it’s crazy I get to experience it at my age and at my education level.”Emma Soviero '17Film, Television and Media Arts
Putting your education to work
We get it. You’re looking for as close to a guarantee as possible. You want to make sure that your Quinnipiac education will land you a good job — and continue to pay dividends throughout your career.
At Quinnipiac, your career preparation begins very early in your program. Career development advisers are actively engaged as critical partners to help you to translate your knowledge and skills into income. Through coaching, resume building, creating an effective LinkedIn profile, interview guidance, networking, career fairs and internships — we’re here to support your transition from student life to a professional career.
Your opportunities are further enhanced by our power location. Our proximity to New York City provides access and opportunities across all of our programs. We also share a state with the likes of ESPN, NBC Sports and A&E Television, among others — where many of our students intern and our alumni work.
Opportunities for students
- Internship and job search assistance
- Access to state-of-the-art digital communications tools
- Individual career advising and counseling sessions
- On-campus corporate recruiting, information sessions and visits
- Annual career fair
- Site visits to organizations throughout the area
- Participation in the national Bateman PR student competition
Centers and Resources
Preparation for 21st-century media production
The School of Communications continues to improve on its already innovative curriculum and sophisticated, technologically advanced communications center — all designed to give you a competitive advantage. Learn in some of the best and newly renovated communications and media environments. From our Ed McMahon Communications Center, where you have access to a complete television production studio, including cameras, teleprompters and a control room, to our News Technology Center, which has been purposefully designed to emulate a newsroom and production facility.
If you're looking for more ways to develop your skills, you will have the opportunity to participate in student media, where you can produce and cover all of Quinnipiac's 21 Division I team games, both home and away. Travel with the team, collaborate with local media, tweet, publish, write, edit, post, produce. You'll be immersed in real working environments that blur the lines between being a student and being a professional.
Students have the opportunity to study abroad as part of our core communications programs. From Ireland to Nicaragua, and from Los Angeles to New York City, our students learn by doing with some of our best global partnerships.
The Quinnipiac University in Los Angeles program is experiential learning defined — and an opportunity unlike any other at the university. QU in LA sets students up with more than just internships with the most influential production companies, talent agencies and news organizations on the west coast; it enables them to live, learn and network in the center of America’s entertainment industry.
A communications school of the 21st century
The School of Communications has developed a five-year strategic plan that focuses on the student experience. We’re proud of what the school has accomplished during its first 20 years of operation and look ahead with excitement as to how we can help our students become the communicators of the future.
Alumni Advisory Board
Connecting students and alumni
The School of Communications has established an Alumni Advisory Board. The board provides our students connections and professional opportunities across the globe. Members of the Alumni Advisory Board bring decades of experience and leadership, and provide crucial insight into a broad scope of communications industries in film, graphic design, journalism, media strategy and public relations. They also act as liaisons to a number of leading organizations.
Your path to a successful career starts here
Admissions counselors and your advisers in the School of Communications are present at every stage of your application process. From the first steps toward your undergraduate education, to the leap into graduate study, we are committed to helping you enroll in your program of choice with a sense of confidence and clarity. Motivated incoming freshmen and current students interested in our accelerated 3+1 and fast-track dual-degree programs can rely on faculty mentors to help them decide if these tracks are right for them.
Collaborations designed for impact
From investigative reporting to presenting at national conferences, raising awareness of gender bias in the media, and creating mobile apps — our alumni, faculty and students are helping to shape the fast-moving edge of the communications frontier. For our students, the combination of theoretical and practical learning they receive at Quinnipiac gives them the skills and opportunities to do good work, and the confidence to do the kind of work that redefines industries.
Selena Roberts, executive director of The Tylt, told students that the communications industry evolves and transforms — and knowing where it is headed is more valuable than where it has been.