Communication and Media Studies

Our mission is to prepare students to be ethically responsible and skillful communicators who are able to navigate an increasingly media saturated, diverse and complex global environment. Our dynamic program emphasizes communication skills so that students become discerning media consumers. Our students hone their skills to become critical thinkers, astute researchers, confident speakers, skilled writers and creative storytellers.

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Outstanding Student of the Year Seized Opportunities at Dominican

Melissa Stoakley, Communications and Media Studies major, Outstanding Student of the Year Award, graduate, Dominican University
“On a campus where our opportunities outweigh our student population, this place really can change people if you are willing to make the experience your own and get the most out of your education,” says Melissa, who was named the Outstanding Student of the Year on May 13 at Commencement ceremonies. 

As a captain and four-year player for the Dominican women’s soccer team, Melissa was a consummate student-athlete. She honed her leadership skills as Vice President of the Penguin Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (PSAAC) and a mentor for the Allen Sports Club. Last summer she accepted an invitation from the NCAA to its NCAA Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis. Several weeks later, she participated in the LeaderShape Institute at Dominican.

Melissa was quick on her feet on and off the field. The Communications and Media Studies major, who also earned minors in Graphic Art and Psychology, was named Junior Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2016 and Senior Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year this year. She was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and the Psi Chi Psychological Honor Society.  She was a class senator for Associated Students of Dominican University (ASDU) and was a Student Ambassador and editor for the Dominican Beat, the University’s student newspaper. Read the article about Melissa's experiences at Dominican.

Double Major Earns Fellowship Trip to Japan in National Competition

CMS major, internship, news, ktvu, sayra trejoAs one of only nine students nationwide to win a Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting fellowship from the Indiana University School of Journalism, Communications and Political Science double major Sayra Trejo ‘18 will experience the best of both majors when she travels to Japan in May.

“I’m just honored to represent Dominican,” Sayra says. “We have great programs at Dominican and I love representing our journalism and Poli Sci programs. And I love traveling. My name means traveller in Arabic.”

Sayra didn’t have to travel far to attend Dominican. She graduated from nearby Terra Linda High School and lives only three miles from campus. The beauty and reputation of the campus and the strong financial package the University offered convinced to her to stay close to home. More about the Fellowship award.

Communications Major Interning On Court with Golden State Warriors

Equipped with skills he developed at Dominican, Communication and Media Studies major Alex Herrera ’17 has a unique internship and a fans’ dream perspective with the Golden State Warriors. Alexander Herrera, CMS, CMS Major, Internship Golden State Warriors, Oracle Arena

If he isn’t high above courtside working in the Productions Control Booth at Oracle Arena, he is outside the Warriors’ locker room and next to the team’s bench on the floor as a productions assistant. Read about Alex's internship.



NBC UNIVERSAL Internship Unites Student and Alumna Samantha.Mariah_NBCUniversal

Samantha Simmons ’17 is working as an intern this fall at NBCUniversal
in New York City and she has Mariah Chinchilla '14 to thank.
Mariah, Coordinator in the Affiliate Marketing Department at NBC, interviewed and hired Samantha for the internship last year to fulfill this fall 2015 semester.

The 'Dominican Connection' at NBC has been fantastic for Sam and fulfilling for Mariah, who interned at NBCUniversal when she was a junior at Dominican. That opportunity led to a full-time job and now gives her another way of showing her gratitude. 

"Dominican gave me so much in terms of how to actively and passionately seek internships and job opportunities because of the one-on-one attention we received from our professors," Mariah say. "If I can reach out to students now who share the same drive, it would really help Dominican and other schools, as well as NBC." Read more. 

Communications and Media Studies Graduate Hired by the San Francisco Giants

katy.batchelder_sfgiantsIt was while visiting AT&T Park two years ago with her Broadcasting Sports for TV classmates at Dominican that Katy Batchelder ’13 discovered her calling.

 Led by her class instructor, Barry Tompkins, a four-time Emmy Award-winning network television veteran, Katy toured the Editing Suite on the club level of the ballpark and walked into a new career.

"I knew then this is exactly what I wanted to do," Katy recalls. "This is crazy. This is my dream job. How do I get in there?"

With Tompkins' mentorship and assistance, Katy secured an internship with the Giants that blossomed into a 40-hour-a-week job as a production assistant for San Francisco Giants Productions. Rotating through several roles, Katy last year edited an in-game highlight video that aired on the centerfield scoreboard while she worked during her Giant's playoff and World Series home games. Read More

How I Spent My Summer - Alyssa Pedersen

Alyssa Pederson Pacifics Summer  InternshipHi! I’m Alyssa Pedersen, a junior in studying Communication and Media Studies here at Dominican University, and this summer I did an independent study on sports broadcasting! I got to assist in the live TV, play-by-play announcing of the San Rafael Pacific's games. This included calling games from the booth as well as providing in-between inning commentaries summing up the previous inning. I really got to enhance my broadcasting skills, while also learning about all of the pre-game and post-game prep including research editing and prep, as well as learning how to use the technology required to broadcast live sports. - Alyssa Pedersen '18

How I Spent My Summer - Lilly Fuhrman

Lily Fuhrman Summer Internship NYCI spent this summer in New York City working full time as an intern in Anthropologie’s Public Relations & Communication Show Room. I had the chance to observe how a corporate office functions as well as help with event planning, press tracking, media relations, and product features, to name a few. My experience as an intern helped me to strengthen my skills as a writer, researcher, and communicator, as well as show me what I want out of a future career. Overall, my internship was an incredible experience, one that I am sure will benefit me academically and professionally in the years to come. – Lilly Fuhrmanm '17

We prepare our students for purposeful lives and careers by attending to the four Dominican values of study, reflection, community and service.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor’s Outlook for the Information Industry lists the web-based broadcast sub-sector as one of the fastest growing employment areas. 


  • Media Focused Industries: Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, and Promotions
  • Community Outreach Management Organizations
  • Content Production
  • Radio and/or Television Broadcasting
  • Environmental Communication
  • Sports Media
  • Careers with Non-Profit Organizations
  • Graduate Study in Communications or other disciplines

At DU we are dedicated to keeping up with technology’s advance and providing our graduates with the experience and knowledge it takes to succeed in entertainment, news, education, or promotional broadcasting.