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Communication and Media Studies

Communication and Media Studies (CMS) prepares students to become discerning media producers and consumers, critical thinkers, confident speakers, skilled writers, and creative storytellers.

CMS is a highly interdisciplinary, versitle, and flexible program. In addition to courses offered in CMS students have the option to take courses from thirteen other programs and departments on campus, allowing  students to study a wide range of topics and develop critical academic and professional skills including:

CMS Skills

The knowledge, understanding, and skills that students acquire in CMS transform them into highly valued leaders and contributors in wide variety of industries: grassroots organizations, global media companies, political offices, legal professions, journalism, education, and everything in-between.

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CMS 101 Introduction to Communication and Media Studies

CMS 250 Intermediate Communication and Media Theory

CMS 301 Research Methods in Communication and Media Studies

CMS 450 Senior Seminar

Seven (7) additional courses in the chosen concentration, at least four (4) at the 300-400 level

Senior Capstone Experience

CMS 101 Introduction to Communication and Media Studies

CMS 250 Intermediate Communication and Media Theory

Four (4) Elective Courses


Concentrations allow students mold their cirriculum to their interests, providing in-depth preparation for professional careers and graduate school.

Business and Organizational Communication

The Business and Organizational Communication concentration focuses on applied skills and communicative structures in corporations, nonprofits, or small businesses.



Arts and Production

The Arts and Production concentration combines medium-specific courses, applied skills, creativity, and critical thought.



Identity and Culture

The Identity and Culture concentration considers how we understand the world we live in, the people we share it with, and the ways in which identity and culture inform that understanding.



Film Studies

The Film Studies concentration examines how cinema contributes to our understanding of the world, offers critical analysis of film history and theory, and provides opportunity to develop hands-on skills.




CMS Quick Facts


“I loved Contemporary Popular Film and Television. It introduced me to film and TV as an industry and some of its inner workings. This class was the reason I decided to study communications, specifically film studies.”

Hannah Sauer, CMS Class of 2020




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Christian Yosef

Class of 2021 • Arlington, Virginia
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Trish Rana

Class of 2021 • Pasadena, Maryland
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