Communications, BA

  • Westchester

Communications Skills For Your Success

Whether you want to break into the news industry, create compelling social media content, make documentary films or features, or own your own public relations firm, Pace’s BA in Communications will provide you with the real-world, practical skills you need to achieve a successful career as a communicator. The explosion in electronic media has created a robust job market for communications professionals in a broad variety of industries.

Skilled Communicators Are in Demand

  • Hands-on Learning: In our Communications Center, where you will take most of your classes, you will work with professional digital equipment such as HDV cameras and AVID and Final Cut Studio editing systems, and view films in the screening room, featuring digital video projection and a 92” screen.
  • Through required internships, you will earn academic credit and gain valuable professional skills as well as build a network of industry contacts for a lifetime.
  • This broad-based major crosses disciplines and offers you the flexibility to design a course of study according to your interests.

Take Courses Like…

You’ll get a well-rounded education in communications by taking courses across a wide variety of topics, such as public relations, video production, social media, sports media, and digital storytelling . Additionally, you will gain valuable journalism writing skills; verbal and presentational skills; technical skills in video/audio production; and editing and screenwriting skills required for your success.

World Class Faculty: Our faculty brings real-world experience into our state-of-the-art Communications Center, where you will take most of your classes. They are experts in a variety of specialties including video and audio production, screenwriting, public relations, advertising, media theory, film, performance, speech and journalism. Specialized adjunct professors bring valuable knowledge of the most current trends in their fields to the coursework, and enhance your networking opportunities.

Add Opportunities and Experiences

Create award winning shorts like a music video! In Digital Cinema and Filmmaking classes you will work in a real-world production environment, embracing every aspect of production, from script to screen. In a typical DCF class, you will write a script, draw storyboards, make shot lists, create call sheets, operate cameras, build sets, work with lighting, audio, and editing. In Professor Lou Guarneri's Producing the Music Video class, you will have the opportunity to work with local musicians and bands by creating music videos that tell a narrative story and filming live performance productions on campus.

Students can work with Mira Pantic, PhD on communications research projects that relate directly to their field of study. Pantic is a world-renowned scholar that helps students develop both quantitively and qualitative research studies. Her students have presented at NJCA, NCA and AEJMC as well as won the Top Undergraduate Paper Award at the New York State Communication Association’s annual meeting.

You may be eligible to join the Mu Iota Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), a student organization of the National Communication Association. The Media, Communications, and Visual Arts department (MCVA) hosts an annual networking event, Connections in Communications, to bring together professionals in the field with current undergraduate majors, a great way for you to make contacts in the communications industry.

Students also have an opportunity to join the MCVA department public relations agency Entrance One. The student run agency allows majors to gain real-world PR experience before they graduate college.

Award-winning Films

Our students produce award-winning films as part of Pace University's Producing the Documentary course that works to prepare students for careers in media, journalism, communications, public relations, advertising, video production and film.

For the Love of Food: Pour l’amour de la Cuisine

The Slow Food Movement began in the 1980s to preserve the culture of eating locally and combat the popularization of fast food. While eating farm-to-table has become a global phenomenon, nowhere is this passion for clean eating more apparent than in France, where generations have relied on locally grown foods. From family-owned farms and markets in the Laon and Lorraine countryside to beautiful restaurants in the heart of Paris, all the way back to a farm-to-fork eatery in Westchester, New York, this documentary explores the environmental and health benefits of eating clean, locally-grown goods, the value of family traditions, embracing culture and heritage through cooking, and, of course, the love of food.

Choose Your Career

Students in the BA in Communications take a variety of courses that enable them to intern—and leverage those internships into greater career opportunities—at some of the top media organizations in the world such as NBC Sports, CNN, Westchester Magazine, and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Where Graduates are Employed

Recent graduates have gone onto work at organizations including:

  • A&E Networks
  • CNN Plus
  • News 12
  • NBC Sports
  • ViacomCBS
  • The Walt Disney Company