Communication and Media
About This Program
You know that communication is a powerful part of human interaction. You’re fascinated by the many ways we share information in today’s digital world. You want an education that offers a multitude of career possibilities. Communication and Media may be the major for you.
Why Utica College
Communication and Media combines elements of the college’s longstanding journalism, communication arts, theatre, and public relations programs to explore the information we share and the way we share it. Students will develop skills to discover, understand, and report information, and the knowledge to analyze the power of written, oral, and digital media. A common core of courses taught by expert faculty, combined with courses in a chosen concentration, provides graduates with both the specialized and essential communication skills necessary to excel in today’s top fields.
Communication and Media at Utica
"In my classes, I’ve learned how to give a speech, write and speak effectively, and connect with my audience. But more important, I’ve developed confidence and leadership skills that will benefit me in my career and my everyday life."
- Journalism (print and broadcast)
- Human Services
What You'll Learn
The Communication and Media curriculum helps students develop a deep understanding of historical, legal, cultural, and critical aspects of communication. Graduates will have the ability to write and speak logically, clearly, and precisely on a professional level, as well as to contextualize and criticize aspects of contemporary culture. In keeping with digital media trends, students will learn how to utilize multimedia technology to produce and share compelling information.
As part of the Communication and Media major, students work closely with an adviser to select a concentration in one of these areas:
- Communication Arts
- Communication and Social Justice
- Creativity Studies
- Health Communication
- Public Relations
- Sports Journalism
- Sports Communication Public Relations
Depending on the chosen concentration, a student may earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Students are encouraged to explore areas outside their concentration through major electives.
Communication and Media Faculty
Communication and Media at Utica College
A Degree That Works
For graduates of the Communication and Media program, career opportunities are almost limitless. Students are prepared success in a diverse range of professions, including journalism (print and broadcast), marketing, publishing, government, business, human services, and more.
Alumni Voices: Tim Roye '81
Graduate of Utica College's Public Relations - Journalism program Tim Roye '81 tells the story of his journey from WPNR sports announcer to the voice of the Golden State Warriors.
For those seeking first-hand experience in the world of broadcasting, WPNR-FM hires matriculated students into both premier and behind-the-scenes positions. Students are hired into one of five departments (music, production, promotions, public service, and sports broadcasting). Each department plays an integral role in the overall operation of the radio station.Visit Pioneer Radio
Student Voices: Lia Tobin '16
A brief conversation with Lia Tobin '16 about her experience studying broadcast journalism at Utica College and her time as an editor of UC's student newspaper, the Tangerine.
The Ray Simon Institute
Named for the former head of the Utica College public relations degree program, The Raymond Simon Institute for Public Relations was founded in 1986 with the purpose of enhancing UC's public relations and journalism programs.Learn More about The Ray Simon Institute
Alumni Voices: Stephanie Zimmer '96
A conversation with distinguished Utica College alumna Stephanie Zimmer '96, Head of Brand Experience Marketing for Mercedes Benz USA.
Utica College's campus film series is free and open to the public. Screenings take place Thursday nights at 7 p.m. in Macfarlane Auditorium at DePerno Hall.Film@UC Schedule
Student Voices: Maggie Tabone '18
Maggie Tabone, a Communication Arts student, discusses her program, her experiences on campus, and how she sees Utica College as one big family.
Department of Performing and Fine Arts at UC
Art and performance continuously thrive at UC. Exposure to the creative arts is an essential facet of liberal education, and involvement in the arts promotes personal growth, the development of valuable skills, and the realization of a richer, more fulfilling life. At Utica College, students have a variety of opportunities to engage with the creative arts both as a participant and as an informed observer.Learn More about the Arts at UC
Alumni Voices: Ericka Bennett '00
Ericka Bennett '00 talks about her experience at Utica College and her position as Associate General Counsel at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.
Christopher Coope '12 - Communicatons Coordinator, Storefront Academy
"UC's journalism program set the foundation I've needed to excel professionally. The individualized program meets the needs of all students and gives them the opportunity to explore several areas of interest. The dedicated instructors stay connected with you long after graduation, ensuring that you find the right fit for professional advancement."
Alumni Voices Chris Bandura '99
Hear how Chris Bandura's experience at Utica College prepared him for an exciting career as Vice President of Media Relations and Communications for the Buffalo Sabres.
Adam Lawless '08 - Sr. Public Relations Specialist at Vistaprint
"I entered the workforce feeling confident in my abilities and training thanks to the high tech facilities at Utica College. The better part of a decade has passed since then and many things have changed and advanced. It is my hope that my alma mater continues to offer progressive opportunities for current and future students in the Public Relations and Journalism department through the continued investment in equipment, facilities and staff. In my current position, working with video equipment at UC has greatly helped with assisting in video productions at my firm. Lighting, sounds, equipment, all come into play when working with clients/accounts."
Student Voices: Matthew Rogers '16
A brief conversation with Matthew Rogers '16, journalism major and 2016 Salutatorian, about his passion for reporting, his love for sports, and more.
Student Voices: Jon Kealy '15
A brief conversation with Jon Kealy '15, graduate of the Journalism Studies program with a concentration in Sports Journalism.