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 fields 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.

The communication and media degree program at 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 communication and media curriculum every three years. The comprehensiveness of the major results in a versatile skill set and diverse employment 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.
  • 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.

Projected Course Offerings

Spring 2015
Fall 2015
Spring 2016

Contact Information

Lisa G. Perks

Lisa G. Perks

Assistant Professor and Director of Communication & Media Program in English
Golisano Academic Center 495

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Perks

Ever heard of Media Marathoning? Lisa Perks analyzes, researches, and teaches on the topic that consumes so many people. As Assistant Professor and Director of the Communication and Media program, Perks engaged her students in discussions that helped her write her book, Media Marathoning:  Immersions and Morality. Read more about Media Marathoning and Lisa Perks

Judith Sully, alumna of the communication degree program, communication major at Nazareth College

Alumni Spotlight: Judith Sully '11

Social Media Analyst, AETEA Information Technology

"I love the type of work I do because it is seen as a revolutionary and non-traditional way of marketing. That being said, I have the opportunity of paving and building this field for the next generation." More Alumni Profiles

Example Careers

  • Desktop publishing specialist
  • Editor
  • Marketing coordinator
  • Media company account coordinator
  • Publishing associate
  • Social media analyst
  • Technical writer

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Associated Reporters Abroad, Berlin, Germany
  • National Public Radio
  • Paychex, Inc.
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York
  • Archer Communication, Inc.

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


  • March of Dimes
  • SNY-TV Home of The New York Mets
  • Tipping Point Media
  • Gatehouse 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 »