Undergraduate Program in

Media Studies

Learn how to question and analyze the social, legal, political, historical, and economic factors that influence the media industry -- and apply this in-depth knowledge to a variety of career paths or advance study in fields such as law, management, politics, and education. 

 

Curriculum

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Studies program pursue one of three concentrations: 

Media and Culture 

Urban and Suburban Communication

Media, Law, and Policy

Choose from courses such as: 

Media and the Law: Examine law and court rulings as they pertain to censorship issues, intellectual property, privacy rights, and social media content

Celebrity, Culture and Media: Critically analyze stardom and celebrity-making media industries 

Privacy and Public Life in a Media Age: Explore issues of individual privacy, public life and civic engagement, online privacy, the surveillance environment, and more. 

 

You’ll also complete a minor in a subject of your choice in the liberal arts and sciences.

Your degree can prepare you to build a career as a lawyer working for a media company, a candidate running for political office, or a journalist covering daily news or specialized beats, to name just a few options.   

 

Learn from Experts

You’ll engage in lively, challenging discussions and learn from professors who are highly respected scholars in their fields.  Their research interests include media ethics, issues of identity within popular culture, cultural sociology, new technology and society, political communication, and social media. 

You’ll also connect with successful alumni who are working in diverse career fields through networking events and guest lectures.  

The Student Experience

Explore potential career paths, develop valuable workplace skills, and build a network of professional contacts through internships, study abroad opportunities, campus media outlets, and student organizations. 

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Students have recently interned at:

  • 1010 WINS
  • AMC Networks
  • Atlantic Records
  • Billboard magazine
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • CBS/CBS News
  • Cosmopolitan & Seventeen magazines
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Gain hands-on experience:

More than a dozen campus media outlets and organizations let you expand your creativity and explore numerous media platforms.

 

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Go global:

Journey beyond the classroom and experience RomeCubaLos Angeles, and NYC through the Herbert School's study away programs. 

The Outlook

With our comprehensive program, you’ll be ready to pursue either a career right after graduation or advanced study. 

 

89%

Accepted a job within six months of graduation

$51,600

Average annual salary of mass communication/media studies majors in NYC region

 

17%

Projected job growth by 2026

Alumni Success

Our recent graduates work for leading companies and organizations in many different industries including the Council on Foreign Relations, ESPN, Fox News, iHeartMedia, NBC Universal, and The New York Times.

They’re also pursuing advanced study at prestigious universities including Columbia University, Boston University, Boston College, New York University, and Syracuse University. 

 

Among the Nation's Best

Programs within the Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations are accredited by the prestigious Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, in recognition of the University’s commitment to the highest standards of teaching and programming excellence. 

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Questions about our program?

Contact Us

Jeffrey Morosoff
Associate Professor and Chair
Dept. of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations
jeffrey.morosoff@hofstra.edu
516-463-5248