The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication educates students to master, excel in, and provide leadership for the future of media. A curriculum that provides strong technical skills while remaining steadfastly committed to a liberal arts foundation means that our graduates are ready for the jobs out there today, but are also able to adapt to new conditions in the years and decades ahead.
The school was named in 2013 in honor of Lawrence Herbert ’51, inventor of the Pantone Matching System and former chairman and CEO of Pantone, Inc. Mr. Herbert’s transformative commitment allows the Herbert School to innovate and keep pace with a rapidly changing media landscape.
Departments and Programs
Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations
- BA – Journalism; Mass Media Studies; Public Relations
- BA/MA – Journalism
- MA – Journalism
- MA – Public Relations
Radio, Television, Film
- BA – Radio Production and Studies; Television Production and Studies; Film Studies and Production
- BS – Video/Television; Video/Television and Film; Video/Television and Business
- 1,108 students (fall 2016)
- Roughly 70 percent of the Herbert School’s fall 2016 incoming undergraduate class hailed from outside of New York State.
- Journalism, Public Relations, and Film Studies and Production were among the top 10 undergraduate majors in fall 2016.
- The Herbert School’s fall 2014 first-year, full-time student retention rate averaged 89 percent, the highest of Hofstra’s schools and colleges.
- Professors are internationally recognized scholars, published authors and veteran industry professionals, including Emmy Award winners and Fulbright Scholars.
- Small class sizes allow students to work closely with their professors, and faculty members often serve as mentors.
- The Department of Radio, TV, Film was recognized as one of Variety magazine’s 2017 “Stellar Film Programs.”
- LinkedIn ranked Hofstra as the No. 2 school for media professionals based on alumni career outcomes.
- The Sports Media concentration in the BA in Journalism program educates future producers, writers, reporters and anchors for this growing and important field.
- Four students were selected to participate in NBCUniversal’s 2016 Summer Olympics Internship Program.
- WRHU-88.7 FM won the prestigious National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Award as the non-commercial station of the year in 2014, and was a finalist in 2016. The Princeton Review ranked WRHU the #1 college radio station in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016.
- Hofstra is among an elite group of institutions recognized by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) for its commitment to the highest standards of teaching and programming excellence.
- The Herbert School’s Sco in Rome! and Hofstra in LA signature programs bring together students from multiple areas of study – journalism, television, film, public relations, radio, and media studies– to experience the national and international media landscape like never before.
- Hofstra became the first university worldwide to partner with Hitachi Kokusai Electric, incorporating the company’s innovative 4K-technology cameras into the school’s broadcast curriculum.
The Herbert School’s HD learning environment includes:
- NewsHub – a converged digital newsroom and collaborative space.
- Studio A – a three-story, 3,750-square-foot studio.
- Production studios with 4K/UltraHD cameras.
- Multimedia studio and control room for music, audio and radio production – this multifunctional space serves as an on-air training classroom and provides students with the ability to mix live music and radio talk shows.
- Audio production, sound mixing and color correction suite for the Film and TV programs – utilizing the latest software, this space provides students with a place to complete high end finishing work, watch dailies, and screen projects.
- WRHU – a campus/community radio station, which broadcasts worldwide via WRHU.org and on 88.7 FM to Long Island, New York City and parts of Connecticut.