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Communication is a liberal arts discipline, rooted in persuasive speaking and writing. It is also a pre-professional discipline that prepares you for a career in mass media.

Why Choose Communication?

The power of language and image is evident in nearly every part of our daily lives. This presentation of media shapes private, public and corporate opinions. By studying communication, you’ll be an influencer of these opinions. You’ll also be flexible enough to adapt to change as digital media technology evolves. It is also a pre-professional discipline that prepares you for a career in mass media, including advertising, integrated marketing, journalism, media production, public relations and sports media broadcasting. 

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I learned pretty much everything I know about journalism working at The Quad. I wrote news and sports stories and mostly music and film reviews and cultural type of pieces. I honed my craft later, but it was really, really rewarding.

John Swenson ’72, Music journalist & former editor of Rolling Stone

The City

New York City is the news and media capitol of the U.S., and home to the headquarters of every major media company. At Manhattan College, you are only a 30-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan.

Communication majors have access to great internships in New York City, and many of these turn into full-time jobs. Our students intern at companies, brands and publications including:

  • 60 Minutes
  • ABC
  • Atlantic Records
  • CBS
  • Comcast NBCUniversal
  • Condé Nast
  • Disney
  • ESPN
  • Fox News
  • Grey Worldwide
  • HBO
  • Hearst
  • Ketchum
  • Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • MTV
  • The New York Daily News
  • New York Giants
  • New York Mets
  • OMD/Omnicom
  • Rolling Stone
  • Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Sesame Street
  • Seventeen
  • Sony
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Telemundo
  • Time
  • TimeWarner
  • Univision
  • Viacom
  • Weber Shandwick
  • WNET

The Network

The communication program has produced thousands of successful alumni who currently work in New York City media. These alumni often return to the College to speak on panels, attend our careers fairs, and recruit students for internships and jobs. They are mentors who love looking out for fellow Jaspers.

The best part is that your professional network begins right in the classroom. Your communication professors are all former and current industry professionals, as well. They bring their real-world experiences as seasoned advertisers, reporters and journalists to the table.

The Studio

Communication majors have access to a state-of-the-art studio complex on campus. The Sumner Redstone Television Production Center includes:

  • A multimedia lab that features industry-standard software for web and digital print design
    • Pro Tools multi-track digital nonlinear audio software
    • Full Adobe Creative Suite
  • A television studio for pre-production, field and post-production work
    • Used for MCtv, the College’s student-produced TV station
    • Three Blackmagic 4K studio cameras with Vinten pedestal mounts
    • Blackmagic 4K 2-M/E digital video switcher
    • Blackmagic Hyperdrive digital disk recorder
  • Post-production video editing labs
    • Avid-based workstations networked into the television studio for pre-produced news packages and shows
    • Pro Tools multi-track digital nonlinear audio software
    • Full Adobe Creative Suite
    • Virtual reality software

What Will You Learn?

As a communication major, you will choose to concentrate in one of six areas:

  • Advertising
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Journalism
  • Media Production
  • Public Relations
  • Sports Media Production

You are also required to have a minor outside of communication. Because in today’s world, you need to know more than just how to create and produce media. All media content, from news stories, to advertisements to PR campaigns, is about something. Popular minor options include government, economics, sociology or urban studies.

You will get your hands on real equipment even before you graduate. Class sizes are small, so you will have the chance to fill each role in a multi-part project, from writing, editing or producing, to interviewing, anchoring or camerawork.

Studying communication at Manhattan College will also teach you how to be an ethical media professional in an industry where the lines are sometimes blurred.

Communication is also offered as a minor.

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What Will You Do?

Every industry has a need for employees who can produce and package media that’s creative and clear for consumers. Media professionals work for large corporations, agencies, the government and nonprofits. Some are even self-employed.