Communication

School of Communication & The Arts

Pitch advertising campaigns to real clients. Conduct reporting in a bustling newsroom. Work on real public relations cases. Perform live sports broadcast journalism. And do it all before you graduate. The Communication program at Marist provides the flexibility and the resources to give you a competitive edge when you enter the field.
It was the Communication Department that made me choose Marist. Throughout my time at Marist, I’ve been able to take classes directly related to my future career and have internships that have really helped me grow as a public relations professional.
Thanks to Marist, I landed the internship opportunity of a lifetime with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. I worked on and presented a three-year, multistage plan based on bringing e-sports—an untapped demographic—to the stadium. It was a great experience.
Marist has brought out the go-getter side of me and its curriculum has allowed me to take so many elective courses where I discovered new subjects and issues I didn't even know I had an interest in. I feel like I've definitely got a better idea of who I am and what career path I want to take.
My semester-long internship in New York City got me excited for what lies ahead professionally. All of my experiences at Marist have made me feel really prepared for a career in the administrative side of theatre.
There were many reasons why I chose Marist – the beautiful campus, the people, the culture, the opportunities that came with a school so close to New York City. Before coming to Marist, I had never used a camera, never produced a video, and never edited a video. I now have the privilege of doing all three for Sports Illustrated, which is such a prestigious company, so I’d say the classes and clubs at Marist prepared me pretty well!
At first, I came into Marist as a journalism major, but after having the option of taking PR classes, I fell in love with the field. I believe that Marist gives you time to figure out what you're really interested in before committing. And last semester, with the help of the Communication Internship Center, I was able to intern for SONY Music Entertainment.

Industry-Experienced Communication Faculty

On top of a thorough theoretical foundation in communications, all of our faculty come to us with years of industry experience. This allows our Communication students to learn first-hand about their future careers and gain important connections to major institutions in their fields. View all Communication faculty >

Build a Breadth of Knowledge For Your Future

Marist’s liberal arts approach creates a comprehensive educational experience for all our students; you’ll gain foundational knowledge within your major, and you’ll dive into the depths of your unique interests. At Marist, you’ll have the opportunity to customize your academic experience based on what you’re passionate about with one or multiple concentrations within the major:

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Build a Breadth of Knowledge For Your Future

Marist’s liberal arts approach creates a comprehensive educational experience for all our students; you’ll gain foundational knowledge within your major, and you’ll dive into the depths of your unique interests. At Marist, you’ll have the opportunity to customize your academic experience based on what you’re passionate about with one or multiple concentrations within the major:

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Simulate The Communications Industry In Classes

At Marist, we dedicate ourselves to providing hands-on learning opportunities for all of our students. From presenting advertising campaigns to real clients to participating in a bustling newsroom, students in each concentration develop a competitive edge of industry experience upon entering their chosen field after graduation.

  • In Communication Campaign Management, public relations students visit nonprofit organizations in the community, research their client’s situation, and develop strategic communication campaigns for them.
  • Advertising students compete in the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition, during which they create a strategic advertising/marketing/media campaign that is pitched to a corporate client.
  • In Center Field, sports communication students simulate the sports desk of a newsroom by covering Marist varsity and club sports in depth as credentialed reporters and editors.

Simulate The Communications Industry In Classes

At Marist, we dedicate ourselves to providing hands-on learning opportunities for all of our students. From presenting advertising campaigns to real clients to participating in a bustling newsroom, students in each concentration develop a competitive edge of industry experience upon entering their chosen field after graduation.

  • In Communication Campaign Management, public relations students visit nonprofit organizations in the community, research their client’s situation, and develop strategic communication campaigns for them.
  • Advertising students compete in the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition, during which they create a strategic advertising/marketing/media campaign that is pitched to a corporate client.
  • In Center Field, sports communication students simulate the sports desk of a newsroom by covering Marist varsity and club sports in depth as credentialed reporters and editors.

Marie Bardelli
Communication major, Public Relations and Advertising concentrations, Business minor
Los Angeles, CA

Take a walk with Marie through her favorite spots on campus as a Communication major, including our cutting-edge academic facilities and TV studios, as well as the Student Center, residence hall, and library.

Marie Bardelli
Communication major, Public Relations and Advertising concentrations, Business minor
Los Angeles, CA

Take a walk with Marie through her favorite spots on campus as a Communication major, including our cutting-edge academic facilities and TV studios, as well as the Student Center, residence hall, and library.

Top-Tier Communication Internships

As a Communication student concentrating in Advertising, Communication Studies, Journalism, Public Relations, or Sports Communication, internship experience in your field is an important way to get your foot in the door after graduation. Over 83% of Marist students complete at least one internship, and your internship coordinator and the Center for Career Services will ensure you land the optimal internship to prepare you for your future career. Here are just a few examples of high-profile internship destinations for our Communication students:

At Marist, we pride ourselves on our dedication to providing our students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares them for practical experience and profound success in their field. But don't just take our word for it - the numbers speak for themselves.

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Of current students are satisfied with their Marist Experience

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Graduation rate, higher than the average for public and private colleges

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Employed or attending grad school 6 months after graduation

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