Hofstra University’s Herbert School of Communication brings together students and faculty with different backgrounds, interests, and disciplines who share a common passion for the art and science of communication. This is a tremendously exciting time to be in this field, as communications has never been more central to the overall functioning of society, and the forms of communication have been multiplying and evolving with unprecedented speed.
The faculty and students wrestling with these issues do so in the school’s two departments: the Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations and the Department of Radio, Television and Film. Each department, and each area of concentration within each department, approaches these issues and challenges from a different perspective. This diversity of perspectives promotes a lively dialog and a fruitful exchange of ideas. Theoretical perspectives are constantly tested against real-world practices, and the attainment of technical mastery is always tied to larger questions of intention and impact.
Our work takes place in state-of-the art facilities, and the real-world experience students get here is enhanced by our close proximity to New York City, the nation’s media center, where Hofstra students regularly intern for top communications organizations. Our distinguished faculty is encountered in small classes (our production classes, for example, are capped at 18), so students really get to know their instructors, and close attention is paid to the progress of each student.
The upheavals of the past two decades have made clear that ceaseless change is the one constant in the current world of communications. The enthusiasm with which our students and faculty are embracing these challenges is inspirational. I invite you to come and experience it in action.
Evan Cornog, Dean
Herbert School of Communication