Nyack’s multifaceted Communications discipline enables students to identify and evaluate multiple principles of the arts and media from historic, contemporary, and practical perspectives. Our communications students are passionate about the arts and are motivated to become relevant in the world around them through a number of twenty-first century, technologically-driven, and globally-engaged media outlets.
Why Study Communications at Nyack?
The study of Communications at Nyack College affords students the opportunity to actively engage in an enriching undergraduate experience that presents a rigorous core curriculum enhanced by a myriad of engaging and essential concentration courses ranging from screenwriting to acting.
Additional advantages to studying Communications at Nyack include:
- Small class sizes and seminar-structured daily class activities that give students the opportunity to become an indispensable part of a close-knit department family.
- Essential preparation for prospective careers and graduate studies in the fields of journalism, dramatic art, film studies, film production, rhetoric, and mass media.
- The Communications Department of Nyack College boasts a robust presence on both the Rockland County and New York City campuses. This affords students the opportunity to be in or near New York City and have access to major broadcast media organizations, journalism outlets, and Broadway-caliber theatre companies for internships and future employment.
“Opportunity. Wisdom. Character. These are the terms that come to mind when I consider the areas in which I was able to grow because of the Communications program at Nyack College. Dr. Greaves and the department provided me with the opportunity to succeed and the wisdom to know right from wrong. They modeled an unparalleled level of character.”
Justin GabrieleClass of 2015
What Will I Study?
Communications majors are exposed to in-depth critical thinking relative to the role of the discipline in a twenty-first century, globalized world. Students in the department develop the ability to analyze, assess, and evaluate the media’s influence on society, and are encouraged to apply their Christian perspectives to a range of discipline-specific concepts as future prospects within communication industries.
All Communications students enroll in the following core department courses during their matriculation:
- Communication, Culture, and Technology
- Interpersonal Communication
- Introduction to Communications
- Mass Media and Society
- Public Speaking
- Senior Seminar in Communications Media Ethics
- Storytelling for Communications
Nyack’s Communications graduates are prepared for careers in areas that actively engage public speaking, writing, and dramatic skills, such as broadcast production, public relations, sales and advertising, acting, producing, directing, and more. Additionally, the major provides excellent preparatory skills for graduate studies in theatre, film, education, ministry, law, business, and all areas of the communication arts.
A number of Nyack College Communications graduates continue their academic success with enrollment in a range of graduate studies programs. Others are propelled into careers with the support of internship experience gained during their studies. Here are some of the companies we have sent our students to for internships:
- American Express
- CNN American Morning
- HARPO Networks
- NBC Universal
- SONY Records
- WNYK 88.7 FM – Warrior Radio