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.

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.


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 in 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.

Admissions and Aid

A degree from a top-ranked, private University like Dominican is deliberately affordable and accessible! More than 99 percent of our first-year incoming students receive significant financial aid through merit- and need-based scholarships as well as state and federal aid. Additionally, for most students, there is no application fee, and we don't ask for test scores. Get in touch with a counselor to learn more about your path to an exceptional college experience at Dominican!

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Penguin Radio

Penguin Radio is Dominican’s award-winning radio station, broadcasting more than 100 Dominican events worldwide on and locally on 102.3 FM. Student Sportscasters broadcast Dominican’s NCAA Athletic events on radio and television, while Radio Students host their own professional-level radio shows and podcasts. Penguin Radio has been broadcasting music, news, and sports 24/7 since 2000.

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Faculty and Staff

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Bradley E. Van Alstyne, PhD

Assistant Professor of Communications and Media Studies Online Learning and Development
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Stuart Horne, MA

Assistant Professor Executive Director, Penguin Radio

Communication and Media Studies in the News

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La Vida Dominican

La Vida Dominican is a program for all students, increasing educational access and connection to support services, enabling degree completion and post-graduation success. Particularly, La Vida is centering experiences of students from Latinx and other historically underserved backgrounds.

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