Communication and Media Studies

The Communication and Media Studies major shapes ethically responsible and skillful communicators able to navigate an increasingly media-saturated, diverse, and complex global environment. Our dynamic program includes classes in strategic communication, media production, digital media, and communication studies.

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As a student in the Communication and Media Studies program, you will benefit from hands-on opportunities to develop communication and media skills while learning to become a savvy communicator in an ever-changing technological world.

Some key benefits for students of our program include:

  • Earning internships with corporate and non-profit organizations
  • Creating a digital portfolio (website) featuring your signature work
  • Development of strategic communication tools essential for career prep
  • Gaining hands-on media experience: writing, radio, and video production
  • An emphasis on translating classroom knowledge and theory into real-world abilities

Most importantly, students in this program develop everyday communication competency skills necessary for personal and professional success.

Minor

The Communication and Media Studies minor is a 16-unit degree plan that includes an introductory communication and media course, as well as several upper-division electives in communication and applied media production. Learn more about our Minor Requirements on our course catalog.

Career Paths

Our graduates are prepared for a wide range of careers such as digital media strategist, human resources coordinator, strategic communication specialist, journalist and media production professional, media relations manager, research analyst, and so much more.

Office Hours

Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Admissions and Aid

A degree from a private university like Dominican University of California is more accessible than you might think. For most students there is no application fee and we don't ask for test scores. We're also proud to say that more than 99 percent of our first-year incoming students receive financial aid, which makes paying for school within reach.

Learn More About Admissions and Aid

Faculty and Staff

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Veronica Hefner, PhD

Associate Professor Department Chair
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Stuart Horne, MA

Assistant Professor Executive Director, Penguin Radio
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Bradley E. Van Alstyne, PhD

Assistant Professor of Communications Coordinator, Online Learning and Development
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John A. Duval, PhD

Associate Professor, Communication and Media Studies

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