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Communication and Media Studies

What Can CMS Grads Do?

What Can CMS Grads Do?

A CMS degree can also be a valuable professional asset. An Association of American Colleges & Universities survey of 400 private sector and nonprofit executives found that the most highly valued skills for recent college graduates were: written and oral communication skills, teamwork skills, ethical decision-making, critical thinking skills, and the ability to apply knowledge in real-world settings. These skills are at the foundation of the CMS major at Washington College. 

A Communication and Media Studies degree prepares students for an  expansive roster of careers. As an interdisciplinary program, CMS students are exposed to multiple areas of study and skill development, making them exceptionably qualified for a wide variety of careers. Students with a communication and media studies degree go into law, advertising, marketing, advertising, health care, technology and new media, politics, journalism, and many more fields. 

One of the most important aspects of communication and media studies is that you can let your interests guide your course of study, and eventually, your career.

Potential Career Paths

Interested in writing? Potential careers can include: correspondent, print or broadcast journalist, travel writer, reviewer or critic, blogger, web content provider, editor, script writer, news service researcher, technical writer

Interested in politics? Potential careers can include: public affairs analyst, lobbyist, public information officer, legislative assistant, research analyst, public servant, communications director

Interested in marketing, advertising, and/or public relations? Potential careers can include: media consultant, special events promoter, marketing researcher, copy writer, account executive, media planner, media buyer, publicity manager, corporate public affairs specialist, public opinion researcher, social media marketer, advertising sales coordinator

Interested in media arts? Potential careers can include: film archivist, script supervisor, studio merchandiser, theater manager, program assistant, publicist, story editor, talent agent, casting director, press agent, arts administrator, multimedia designer, gallery curator

Interested in health care? Potential careers can include: health campaign coordinator, healthcare advocate, grants writer, public relations officer, research analyst, social marketing officer.

Interested in law? Potential careers can include: lawyer, legal researcher, mediation & negotiation specialist, legal secretary, legal reporter

You will be in good company! Below is a partial list of people with communication and/or media studies degrees:


Jerry Seinfeld, actor and comedian
Jim Rome, sports radio talk show host
Erik Spolestra, NBA coach
Jacoby Ellsbury, professional baseball player
Jon Gruden, ESPN analyst
Shemar Moore, actor
Bob Iger, CEO The Walt Disney Company
Rachel Roy, fashion designer
Brandi Chastain, professional soccer player
Connie Chung, broadcast journalist
Stephen Colbert, comedian and talk show host
Bob Costas, sportscaster 
William Inge, playwright
Brian Lamb, CEO of C-SPAN
Gary Larson, cartoonist
Matt Lauer, broadcast journalist
Donovan McNabb, professional football player
Spike Lee, filmmaker