From digital video to interpersonal interactions, communications impacts every aspect of life, work and play. Innovation in the area of communications is exploding and there is no better time to major in Communication Studies than now.
Communication Studies majors on Pace University’s New York City campus explore the many ways people and institutions use messages to generate meaning and how these messages are interpreted and understood. A degree in Communication Studies will prepare you to be a critical thinker, a powerful writer, and an articulate speaker.
Students who wish to prepare for the professions can choose to concentrate in the study of organizations, institutions, group process, persuasion, critical thinking and cultural communication. Students who want a career in direct content creation or professional support of the popular arts, public relations and/or persuasive campaigns can study the phenomena of mass media and gain practical skills in digital and convergent media. Students who plan to attend graduate school or pursue a career in academia will be qualified to excel in any masters and/or doctoral program. All of our students learn the dynamics of interpersonal and intercultural communication. The program qualifies graduates for entry-level positions in broadcasting, advertising, sales, marketing, politics, digital media, and public relations.
Our faculty-student ratio is low, allowing for meaningful learning exchanges between students and our expert faculty in the classroom. Our faculty includes members who are experts in a range of specialties within the discipline of communications studies including (inter)cultural and organizational studies, international communication, gender studies, media and film criticism, writing for radio, TV, and digital media, citizen journalism and civic engagement.
The Communication Studies department is located in the hub of lower Manhattan and offers students unparalleled opportunities to combine the academic experience with all that New York City has to offer. New York City is a center of media production, and through Pace University’s Cooperative Education program students have successfully completed prestigious internships in music, television, publishing, fashion, radio, public relations, arts and entertainment management, and nonprofit organizations. Students gain incredible professional experience while completing their degree.
Communication Studies majors choose one of two areas of concentration:
- Public and Professional Studies concentration- for those interested in organizational communication, law, politics, government, labor unions, human relations, corporate-government relations, and fund raising.
- Media Studies concentration- emphasizes the fields of communication as they apply to mass media, and often leads to entry-level positions in broadcasting, advertising, sales, marketing, politics, and public relations.
- Jobs in Communications are expected to grow 21% during this decade, which is faster than the national average. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- On average, communications professionals earn about $57,550 a year. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)