Why Choose Nazareth for Communication and Media?

Writing clearly, speaking effectively, and making a cogent argument are useful in virtually every field and in all aspects of life. Mastery of communication gives students a competitive edge in gaining employment in careers such as business, law, and media—anywhere writing and critical thinking skills are required. The ability to communicate effectively is a lifelong skill that gives students the power to inform, persuade, inspire, and foster change.

Nazareth College prepares students to become effective communicators in spoken, written, and visual forms. Because communication practices change rapidly in our digital environment, professors review and revise the curriculum every three years. The comprehensiveness of the major results in a versatile skill set and diverse career opportunities.

Program Highlights

  • Communication majors have the flexibility to pick their area of interest from digital media, writing and editing, visual design, or marketing.
  • A lively mixture of lecture, discussion, small group work, case studies, and hands-on work build both a strong liberal arts background and practical experience. Examples: Golden Gazette and Humans of Naz
  • All students receive direct pre-professional training in the form of internships and seminar projects conducted in consultation with local businesses.
  • The major's comprehensive writing training has yielded numerous student conference presentations and awards.
  • Students have a high success rate for employment and graduate school placement.

Related majors and stories

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Contact Information

Carolyn Lagoe

Carolyn Lagoe

Assistant Professor & Director of Communication and Media Program
Golisano Academic Center 491

Education: B.A., University at Buffalo; M. A., University at Buffalo; Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Teaching/Research/Scholarly Interests: Research and professional experience focuses on the use of health communication campaigns for behavior change. Work also examines the impact of online information seeking on health knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Takes an experiential approach to education by working with students on projects emphasizing service learning and civic engagement.

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Christine G. Adamo, student in communication degree program, media studies major at Nazareth College

Student Spotlight: Christine G. Adamo '16

"Naz’s Communication and Media Dept. is top notch. The faculty is exceptional, the challenges are exciting, and the range of student benefits is mind-boggling. I take classes. I DJ for the campus radio station. I’ve given presentations off campus. I’m an integral part of the Naz community and I love that."

Example Careers

  • Account executive
  • Digital marketing specialist
  • Editor
  • Marketing coordinator
  • Project manager
  • Public relations specialist
  • Publishing associate
  • Social media analyst
  • Technical writer


  • Archer Communications
  • Associated Reporters Abroad, Berlin, Germany
  • Causewave Community Partners
  • Dixon Schwabl
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York
  • National Public Radio
  • Paychex, Inc.
  • Rochester City Newspaper

Graduate Schools

Our students have pursued graduate degrees in communication, library science, law, public relations, and public policy at these institutions:

  • Columbia University
  • Emerson College
  • Indiana University
  • Syracuse University
  • University at Buffalo


  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Butler/Till
  • Gatehouse Media
  • March of Dimes
  • Partners and Napier
  • SNY-TV, Home of The New York Mets
  • Tipping Point Media
  • University of Rochester Medical Center

Partnership with American University

Students who graduate from Nazareth with a 3.5 GPA or better and are accepted into the graduate School of Communication of American University in Washington, D.C. can receive a 30% reduction in graduate tuition (saving $13,338) and pay no application fee. Learn more »