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Program Overview

Welcome to the Department of Communication at Fairfield University. We offer two bachelor of arts degrees in communication and public relations, as well as minors in both areas. If you're interested in our graduate program, you can learn more by visiting our Master's in Communication page.

As students of communication we study messages. Specifically, we examine the verbal and nonverbal messages that people exchange in various settings. These contexts include organizations, families, relationships, healthcare settings, and the media. Though we have communicated our entire lives, it is less common for us to think about how we communicate, why we communicate, and the effects of our communication. Exploring the how, the why, and the effects of messages will be the main theme of your coursework at Fairfield. Content will be driven by research, and students will leave having formed their own evidence-based recommendations for practice. Ideally, coursework in communication will enhance your personal, professional, and public lives.

Throughout your course of study, our diverse and active faculty will direct you through advanced communication research. You will be led to recognize the importance of communication and the meaning it gives to ideas, relationships, communities, and identities. Additionally, you will enhance your oral and written capabilities, critical thinking, and analytical reasoning skills, while learning to apply communication theories to your everyday life.

Internship programs are offered to help you gain real-world experience in a variety of communication fields, making you more prepared for your future careers. You will also be encouraged to develop a global awareness of the importance of communication in different cultures that could possibly culminate in a study abroad experience.


Communication Major

To earn a 30-credit major in communication, students follow a program of study designed to develop breadth and depth of knowledge about communication processes in a variety of contexts. The communication major consists of ten (three-credit) courses. All communication majors complete a set of five (three-credit) required courses known as “Communication Foundations.” With the aid of the communication faculty, students then have the ability to focus their studies in one of several areas known as “Communication Interests” to develop a personalized trajectory that best suits their theoretical and applied interests.

All students must take the following five courses that are considered foundational to the understanding of the field of communication:

COMM 1100 Human Communication Theories
COMM 1101 Argument and Advocacy
COMM 1130 Mass Media and Society
COMM 2000 Interpersonal Communication Theories
(Prerequisite: CO 1100)
Any other 2000 or 3000-level course offered by the Department of Communication except COMM 4990 Independent Study or COMM 4980 Internship

All communication majors must also select five additional communication courses, at least one of which must be a 3000-level course (that does not include internships, independent studies or capstone experiences). Provided below are several suggestions for possible areas of interest, but ultimately students should work with their faculty advisor to create their own academic plan that satisfies their intellectual and professional interests. Since courses are not available every semester, flexibility is key. Students should note that course offerings vary from semester to semester. Additionally, special topics courses, as well as new course offerings, may be developed from semester to semester that would complement particular areas of interest.

Possible interest areas that can be pursued through a major in communication include:

Advertising, Marketing, and Consumer Culture
Communication and Diversity
Communication and the Human Condition
Critical and Cultural Studies
Critical Media Studies
Gender and Communication
Health Communication
Intercultural Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Media Systems and Institutions
Organizational Communication
Technology and Digital Culture

Communication Minor

COMM 1100 Human Communication Theories
COMM 1101 Argument and Advocacy
COMM 1130 Mass Media and Society
COMM 2000 Interpersonal Communication Theories
(Prerequisite: CO 1100)
Any other 2000 or 3000-level course offered by the Department of Communication except COMM 4990 Independent Study or COMM 4980 Internship

Communication Major with Public Relations Minor

Students must complete the communication major requirements, plus five additional courses for a total of 45 credits. (COMM 1102, COMM 2201, COMM 3324 are required if not taken as part of communication major requirements).

Communication and Public Relations Double Major

Students must complete the public relations major requirements, plus eight additional communication courses (COMM 1100 and CO 2200 are required) for a total of 57 credits.

Accelerated BA/MA Program

The College of Arts and Sciences’ accelerated BA/MA in Communication program gives qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in as few as five years. This accelerated pathway allows undergraduate students to transition directly into the communication master’s program upon graduation, and earn a graduate degree in less time and at potentially less cost than when done separately.

Students who chose to pursue this pathway will work with their undergraduate advisor to follow a specific sequence of study before matriculating as a graduate student and completing their master’s degree.

For questions or more information, contact program director Sean Horan, PhD, at

  • Full-time, matriculated student in any College of Arts and Sciences major
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Completion of at least 96 credits prior to the start of fall senior year
  • Online application available at
  • $60 admission fee (waived for current students)
  • Fairfield University transcript (obtained by the Office of Graduate Admission)
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Copy of resume
  • Students apply during their spring semester of junior year
  • Upon acceptance, students will remain an undergraduate, but are allowed to register for two graduate classes during their senior year. One class should be COMM 5401 Communication Research Design and Methodologies. Accelerated students are expected to enroll in a communication elective as needed to assure 10 undergraduate communication courses are taken to complete major. These classes:
    • Will be covered through full-time tuition payment
    • Cannot count towards fulfillment of the undergraduate degree
  • During the final semester, typically in the spring, students will need to apply to the program officially to become a matriculated graduate student upon completion of their undergraduate degree.

For questions or more information, contact program director Sean Horan, PhD, at

Stag Spotlight

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Trey Liburd ’19

Content Associate ESPN

Get to Know Trey

Trey Liburd ’19
Content Associate

Major: Communication

Minor: Digital Journalism, Education

What were your reasons for choosing Fairfield University?
I chose Fairfield University because of the great programs that it offered to me. The Communications Program was and still is very highly-rated. The friendliness and helpfulness that everybody had towards me when I came for my first campus tour also drew me. Downtown Fairfield is a really nice area too with nice shops and restaurants, and another key was being so close to Fairfield Beach along with being a train ride away from NYC.

What would you tell a student considering coming to Fairfield as an undergraduate?
I would tell them that Fairfield has a wide variety of majors, so anything that you are looking for from business to nursing to Education. Fairfield will have it for you. The connections you make with friends and alumni also extend beyond graduation. I still regularly see my roommates from senior year even though I graduated over two years ago.

What went into your thinking as you selected your major?
I definitely wanted to work within sports after graduation, so I tried to find the programs at Fairfield that would cater to that dream coming true. That's why for me, I thought that being a communications major and a digital journalism minor would help prepare me the most.

What were the best aspects of your experience at Fairfield?
The helpful and caring teachers, lifelong friends, and the alumni helpfulness following graduation.

Please describe any interesting project, research opportunity, internship, leadership opportunity, or anything else you were a part of while at Fairfield.
An internship that I really benefitted from was at Outside Television in Westport. During the fall semester of my senior year. Outside Television covered different outdoor sports ranging from surfing to snowboarding to paragliding. This was my first internship through Fairfield that involved sports and I loved every part of it. There were four other interns along with me and, basically, we reached out to different YouTube accounts that had impressive extreme sports videos and had them enter our Outside Television contests for prizes. It helped to increase Outside Television's brand and exposure. It was a really cool experience.

What are you currently working on, or studying, and what about it inspires you?
I currently work at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut. I am a content associate within the Production Department. When I first started at ESPN, I worked within SportsCenter at Night and created the highlights that would air on the different SportsCenter shows and the Scott Van Pelt Show. Now, I work within Event Production for the NBA and WNBA Event Teams. I put together any video elements for our ESPN-Broadcasted NBA and WNBA games. Working at ESPN a great opportunity and what inspires me about it is I've been passionate about sports since I was little so working in it is the ultimate dream.

How have the opportunities offered to you through Fairfield such as research, internships, alumni network, faculty relationships) helped you move closer to achieving your career goals?
The internships that I had during my time at Fairfield definitely set me up with a good resume for ESPN. The Fairfield Alumni Network being super helpful also was great. Fairfield Alumni within my job interest helped me properly prepare for getting through an interview at ESPN and getting past the many other applicants going for the job that I wanted.

What student activities (clubs, athletics, honor societies) were you involved in on campus?
I ran a fantasy football show on Stags Television (Fairfield's TV Station), hosted a weekly radio show on WVOF 88.5 (Fairfield U's radio station), wrote sports articles for the Fairfield Mirror (newspaper), graduated Cum Laude, and played Intramural Sports while attending Fairfield.

Which school were you enrolled in?
College of Arts and Sciences

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Adelyn Galang

Class of '18

Get to Know Adelyn

Current Employer

Current Job Title
Performance Marketing Coordinator

What were your reasons for choosing Fairfield University for your undergraduate degree?

I chose Fairfield University because of the sense of community I felt both on and off campus.

What did you like about your Fairfield education?

I loved how the school felt so big, but so small at the same time. I enjoyed having small class sizes where I felt empowered to share my thoughts and also have the attention I needed from my professors. They truly care about you and want to hear your thoughts.

What you would tell someone considering an undergraduate degree at Fairfield?

If you truly want to have a hand-on learning experience and be able to collaborate in and out of the classroom with peers and teachers, Fairfield University will give you that experience.

How has your Fairfield degree affected your life?

With my degree from Fairfield, I’ve been able to connect with alumni and get advice from those in my industry. One fellow stag even helped me land the job I have today after I signed up for the University’s Job Shadow program.

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Molly Knox Garrone

Class of '14

Get to Know Molly

Undergraduate Degree: BA in Communication
Graduate Degree: MA in Health Communication from Emerson College
Current Employer: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Current Job Title: Communications Associate
Work Areas: Child Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity, Prevention
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Please connect with me on LinkedIn.

What were your reasons for choosing Fairfield University?

Having previously lived elsewhere in the United States, I did not know much about Fairfield University when I applied. My aunt recommended it to me as a school she thought I might like, given its Jesuit heritage and liberal arts approach to education. When I visited for the first time, I was taken aback not only by the beauty of the campus, but also by the warm, welcoming, and genuine demeanor of everyone I spoke to. It was clear to me then that Fairfield has always been a tight-knit community, with a focus on holistic learning and service to others – and this became even more apparent as the years went on. These things struck me the most upon my initial visit – and, most interestingly, I immediately felt at home at Fairfield.

What would you tell a student considering coming to Fairfield as an undergraduate?

While we will all live at many different places throughout our lives that we will call home, should you choose to attend Fairfield, it will become a home to you – unlike any other place. At Fairfield, you will embark on an exciting and challenging journey that will bring you to the next phase of your life. There will be ups and downs, adventures and difficulties, and lessons learned. Fairfield is a school and a community that provides its students with all the tools they need to discover their passions in life and travel the path to adulthood.

What went into your thinking when you selected your major?

I originally chose to major in Nursing, because I was interested in health and medicine, but mostly because I wanted to choose a career where I could more directly feel like I was helping others. After two years, I realized it was not quite the career path that I wanted to walk down. I received wonderful guidance from Dr. Pagano, who helped me identify that I had other talents that lay in the world of communication. With his advice, I changed my major to communication, and focused my studies on a health communication track, and thus discovered my passion.

Please describe any interesting project, research opportunity, internship, leadership opportunity, or anything else you were a part of while at Fairfield.

The opportunity to volunteer at The Connecticut Hospice as part of my coursework for “End-of-Life Communication” was by far the most rewarding and eye-opening experience. It was a privilege, and an experience that I credit the formation of my career to.

What were the best aspects of your experience so far at Fairfield?

While discovering my career passion and feeling confident in my choice of major were among the best aspects of my time at Fairfield, I have to say that meeting my future husband during first semester of our Freshmen year tops everything else.

Undergraduate schooling is hard – but Fairfield is a wonderful place where everyone wants you to succeed. Think carefully about your next step – but know that, if you choose Fairfield and give it your all, there will be many rewards for you come graduation and beyond. You might also find your soulmate too!

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Michael Rubertone

Class of '11

Get to Know Michael

Undergrad Degree: Communication with a focus on Media
Extracurricular Activities: FUSA, Senior Interviewer, Tour Guide, Orientation, Senate, Ultimate Frisbee club
Career: Walt Disney Company; project assistant supporting a new company initiative, MyMagic+ 

Why did you choose to attend Fairfield University?

I chose Fairfield University because of the way the University focused on a wholesome education.  It was important to me that the college I attended had that focus because I was uncertain of what I wanted to do after I graduated.  By taking different courses I was able to figure out my major early, and from there start to develop a plan for my post graduate career.  Because of my work at Fairfield University I was able to get my dream job working for the Walt Disney Company.  Fairfield University also added great opportunities to meet alumni from all over the area, and the support program of the faculty and staff helped solidify my decision. 


What attributes regarding the faculty did you find particularly helpful/encouraging?

The faculty at Fairfield University preached an open door policy, but they always stuck to it.  I felt comfortable approaching different professors to talk not just about my studies, but personal growth too.  The faculty truly cared about their students, and truly cared about their success.  In the Communication Department I always knew that regardless of the professor I had I was always able to talk to any about things happening academically and personally.  To this day, 3 years after I graduated from college, I still stay in contact with my professors.  They not only were professors, but were mentors.  


Describe a favorite course and how it helped your academic growth

One of my favorite courses I took at Fairfield University was Dr. Gudelunas’ "Communication in Pop Culture" course.  I took it during my first semester of my junior year. The course was so important to my academic growth because Dr. Gudelunas pushed his students to dig deeper, and not just focus on the surface. Through this course I was able to realize that I made the right decision in choosing communication as my major. I realized that there were endless possibilities with communication, and most importantly it helped redefine the way I watched television, movies, listened to music, and read books.  The course forced me to find the deeper meaning in things and from there get more out of the potential message trying to be portrayed by the piece of media.  


Communication Internship:

  • Fairfield University Office of Admission 
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Megan Hallissy

Class of '10

Get to Know Megan

Undergrad Degree: Communication & Mass Media
Extracurricular Activities: Honors Program, Student Alumni Association, Glee Club, Kairos; NBCUniversal Camus Relations Ambassador at Fairfield U.
Career: Asst. Manager, Learning (Professional Expertise, Marketing, Finance & Digital Programs), L'Oreal USA 

Describe a project done through the communication program that you are particularly proud of:

As a Communication major and a member of the Honors Program, I used my mass media concentration as a filter for my senior Honors thesis. At the time an economic downturn impacted businesses of all sizes, and I had just completed 3 internships with a major media corporation. With the support of Dr. Gisela Gil-Egui and text analytics software, I reviewed the content of annual letters to stockholders from News Corporation and The Walt Disney Corporation over a period of ten years to assess framing strategies of corporate performance in the context of a struggling economy. The quantitative and qualitative results showed that these two corporations were indeed framing both their successes and challenges in a positive light during both economic peaks and valleys, likely in an effort to maintain stockholder backing. I was particularly proud of my thesis not only because it broadened my understanding of corporate communication, and was well received within the Honors Program, but also because my thesis earned me the Award for Distinguished Work in the Social and Behavioral Sciences from the College of Arts and Sciences. I owe much of this success to the constant guidance and encouragement from Dr. Gil-Egui and the Honors Program, and I continue to reference what I learned from this project in my various jobs since graduating.


What attributes regarding the faculty did you find particularly helpful/encouraging?

I only had extremely positive interactions with the faculty within the Communication department, and still do even four years later. What I found particularly helpful, outside of their quick email response time to my many questions and therefore also their patience, was their diversity of backgrounds and expertise. Between all of the professors from whom I had the pleasure of learning, I was able to gain their insights and perspectives into journalism, mass media, interpersonal and organizational communication, pop culture, medical communication, women and sexuality, and much more. Having this exposure to multiple facets of the communication field, and seeing the overlap with other fields ranging from psychology to finance, was crucial for application in the “real world” after graduation.


Describe a favorite course and how it helped your academic growth

My favorite course was one that I took not once but three times: my for-credit internships. The opportunity to intern two days a week in New York City while balancing a full course load was not an easy undertaking, but it was one that was absolutely fundamental to getting the most from my Communication degree. I was able to apply and build on my classroom knowledge on organizational communication and mass media in a corporate media environment at NBCUniversal, while I explored potential career paths and networked with experts in the industry. After completing my first internship, where I picked up the nickname, “Meg the Intern,” I was offered a second internship in a different department, where I stayed for two semesters. The company ultimately offered a full-time job to begin upon graduation in the historic NBCUniversal Page Program, which I happily accepted under a new nickname, “Meg the Page.”

Communication Internships:

  • Production Intern, Dateline, NBC News
  • Production Intern, New York/Northeast News Bureau, NBC News 

Past jobs: 

  • Page, NBCUniversal Page Program (assignments included Green Room Coordinator, TODAY Show; Executive Assistant to EVP of Content Distribution; Page Office Coordinator)
  • Human Resources Coordinator, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group
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Kaitlyn Buckheit

Class of '09

Get to Know Kaitlyn

Undergrad Degree: Communications (Organizational) & English (Professional Writing)
Extracurricular Activities: Varsity Women’s Swim Team, Ignatian Residential College, Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society), Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society), Lambda Pi Eta (Communication Honor Society), Swim Lesson Instructor for Fairfield University Swim Lesson Program 
Career: Business Development at Eventbrite (San Francisco, CA) 

What was one of your favorite courses when you were a student at Fairfield? 

My favorite course as a Communications major was Argument & Advocacy with Dr. Wills. I took the course as a freshman and it set the foundation for success both at Fairfield and in the workplace through learning an array of presentation techniques. Not only did I learn how to engage and capture an audience with confidence, I learned how to organize and explain my thoughts to others, which made me a better writer and communicator.  

I still prepare for every presentation I give at work with techniques Dr. Wills taught me: practicing the full speech in advance in the mirror, writing reminders to pause and breathe on my notecards and understanding who is in the audience and tailoring the content to them. Throughout Fairfield, graduate school and jobs in both marketing and sales I have consistently received positive feedback about my public speaking skills and I have Argument & Advocacy to thank for that praise. 

How did Fairfield's Jesuit mission and identity influence your academic and personal experience while at Fairfield?

I wanted to attend a Jesuit university because of the focus on developing the whole person through knowledge, experience and personal interests.  Not only was I going to Fairfield for education, I wanted to become a leader and incorporate my passions into my everyday life. The Fairfield professors I encountered made all of that a reality. 

Fairfield’s strong core curriculum helped me to discover my other interests and talents. My Communications Department advisor encouraged me to sign up for a professional writing course which then lead to ten more writing and literature courses and ultimately a second major in English. 

When I mentioned my interest in service and nonprofits as a freshman, a professor informed me of an internship with the Special Olympics of Connecticut. She didn’t stop there, she then recommended courses to take in order to secure that internship my junior year.  

Most importantly, my professors recognized that many skills are developed outside of the classroom. As a member of the Fairfield swim team I never faced criticism from professors for missing class or needing to make up an exam due to traveling for swim meets. Instead, professors would take the time to ask how I swam at the meet, what my experience was as captain of the team and if there was anything they could do to help. The leadership and discipline I learned as a collegiate athlete are things I would never give back, and I am lucky to have had the support of my professors.

Prior internships:

  • Public Relations & Events Intern, Special Olympics of Connecticut (Stratford, CT)
  • Public Relations Intern, Quick Start Language Center (Bridgeport, CT)
  • Human Resources Intern, Sikorsky Global Helicopter (Coatesville, PA) 
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Catarina Maia

Class of '09

Get to Know Catarina

Undergrad Degree: BA in Communication with a concentration in Media Studies
Extracurricular Activities: Studied abroad in Madrid (Fall 2007); Contributed to The Mirror; participated in the Ignatian Residential College (Loyola) dorm program Sophomore year; waitressed at Joe’s American Bar & Grill from 2007-2009; Secretary for the Student Beach Resident Association (SBRA) where I acted as liaison between students off campus and on-campus personnel, organized, planned and executed events for off-campus students for all of Senior year.
Career: Special Events & Projects Coordinator, September 2013-Present; Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester

Connect with Catarina through LinkedIn!

Why did you choose to attend Fairfield University?

Growing up in a suburb of Boston, there was certainly no shortage of local options available for me to apply for college. Despite the astounding number of prestigious colleges and universities available nearby, I had my heart set on going away to school to gain some independence. After visiting a number of schools up and down the East coast, I decided to visit Fairfield because of the proximity to New York City and the Major I was interested in was offered there. I still remember my very first tour of this school ten years ago and I remember the distinct feeling I had walking through the campus. I turned to my father and said, “This is it. I want to go here.” Fairfield University simply felt like my home away from home from the moment my tour started to Commencement Day. Fairfield is a school where you are seen, heard, noticed and accepted. If you want a school where you can be an anonymous number in a giant lecture hall, then Fairfield is not the school for you. The beautiful campus and beach-side off-campus housing privileges are of course alluring to any prospective college student, but Fairfield is so much more than that: it’s a community. The support & encouragement I received and the opportunities that were afforded to me were unique compared to those of my friends at other schools. The friendships and bonds that I formed at Fairfield have lived on well beyond the four years I spent there (I can say this with confidence, being five years out!)


Why did you choose to study communication? 

When I first started at Fairfield, I was an English Major with a Concentration in Journalism because I had aspirations to be a glossy magazine editor. After approximately two Fairfield Mirror article assignments and two Journalism courses, I decided that I didn’t want a career that would stifle my creative input and opinions. Journalism is, after all, reporting the facts. I contemplated a degree in marketing, but ultimately felt that such a specific concentration of study would limit my option. I wanted to learn about marketing, communications, and media in a much broader sense so I could have a solid base for whichever career path I chose to take after graduation. After speaking with some friends who were comm. majors, I ultimately decided that this was the right choice for me. I quickly discovered that not having any idea what I wanted to do for a living wasn’t a problem for a communication major; in fact, that was the beauty of the major. I was free to study every facet there was to the area of communication through the multitude of interesting courses offered and through internships in various fields I wanted to explore.  At a time when it seemed everyone around me had decided on a field of study that would set them on a specific career trajectory (I had many accounting and nursing major friends), I felt that I had found my true niche at Fairfield by choosing a major that didn’t force me to choose and instead encouraged me to explore the possibilities. 


What attributes regarding the faculty did you find particularly helpful/encouraging?

Every single Communication professor I had was unabashedly challenging and encouraged us to truly think for ourselves. I found the faculty to be extremely knowledgeable, approachable, flexible, and most importantly, they all made it a priority to get to know each of their students down to their individual strengths and weaknesses. In this field of study, I think it’s also especially helpful to have professors who aren’t just full-time professors. The entire faculty in the Communication Department had real-world experience out in the field that they could share with us in real-time. Learning a subject and passing a course is important, but the most valuable lesson a professor can teach their students is how to be adequately prepared for the outside world post-graduation. As a student at Fairfield, I gained invaluable insights and wisdom from these professors who I had built relationships with and looked up to as mentors. To this day, I often find myself wishing I could go back to Fairfield just to take a course with my favorite professor, Dr. Gudelunas!  


Communication Internships:

  • CBS Radio: WBCN (Boston, MA); Promotions Intern, Summer 2007 
  • Greenough Communications (Boston, MA); Public Relations Intern, Summer 2008 
  • Greenwich Magazine (Greenwich, CT); Editorial Assistant Intern, Spring 2009 


Post Grad:

  • CBS Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub (Formerly WBCN); Promotions, Street Team, May 2009- November 2010 
  • Boston Magazine; Marketing Intern (post-grad), May- November 2009; Office Coordinator, November 2009- February 2010; Online Sales & Marketing Coordinator, February 2010- April 2011 
  • One to One Interactive (Digital Advertising Agency, no longer in business); Online Media Coordinator, April 2011- January 2012 
  • Boston Ski & Sports Club; Events & E-Marketing Manager, March 2012- August 2013
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Michael Barrett

Class of '07

Get to Know Michael

Undergrad Degree: Psychology / Communication
Hometown: Trumbull, CT
Career: Senior publicist at Scholastic 

Describe a project done through the communication program that you are particularly proud of.

I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of the first-ever Fairfield University Diversity Grant in 2006/2007. Under the guidance of Dr. Gudelunas, my team and I examined the campus’ climate toward LGBT students, faculty and community members and its implications on the LGBT community. It set a precedent for this University’s dialogue about an invisible minority on campus. This project was the perfect marriage with my final thesis about an individual’s reaction to LGBT people in correlation with their exposure to LGBT characters in the media. The Communications department pushed me to dig deeper with this study and break boundaries. I am still proud to have been part of this project. 


Describe a favorite course and how it helped your academic growth

Honestly, you just can’t pick one course when it comes to academic growth. Every course prepares you for your future. My career in public relations would not have advanced without the cornerstone classes of interpersonal communications, media communications, communications theory and more. My career, including working at Viacom, Discovery Communications and Scholastic, require me to use the vital skills everyday – and trust me, employers notice the difference with those with a strong Communications background. 


Describe the ways that the university’s Jesuit mission and identity had a positive influence in your academic and personal experience while at Fairfield.

The Jesuit mission and identity encourages you to be an authentic person. This was crucial for me as an undergraduate and it’s even more important now. It keeps you humble, honest and self-aware of what you project into the world – especially where a tweet can make or break you. Here’s my tip to undergrads: look at the bigger picture and understand the Communications’ professors are an asset – you will thank tenfold after graduation.

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Life After Fairfield

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Life After Fairfield

A major in communication prepares students for careers in a variety of industries, as well as for graduate study in wide range of disciplines, including communication, education, law, politics, public administration, social work, and business.

Fairfield graduates are attractive to many employers who identify communication skills as the most important factor in their hiring and promotion decisions. Employers also value our students' intensive coursework, internship experience, and the broad liberal education that all Fairfield students receive. Our department regularly sponsors alumni and career focused events to help students think about their future careers and to show them how their communication classes connect to communication practice. Fairfield alumni have recently go one to find employment in the following fields:

  • Advertising
  • Communication
  • Communication training
  • Community affairs
  • Consumer research
  • Copy editing, design, and creative services
  • Corporate /Organizational communication
  • Education
  • Educational leadership and communication
  • Environmental communication
  • Health communication / administration
  • Human resources
  • Journalism
  • Management leadership and training
  • Marketing and consumer research
  • Media planning and buying
  • Mediation and diplomacy
  • Non-profit communication
  • Patient services
  • Public information and policy
  • Public opinion research
  • Sales and sales training
  • Social and human services
  • Strategic communication

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Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

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As a Jesuit, Catholic university, Fairfield is dedicated to diversity and inclusion; to radical hospitality in service of racial, social, and economic justice.

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The Department of Communication offers credit for independent study to highly self-motivated communication majors in their junior or senior year of studies. Interested students must discuss and document their independent study proposals with a member of the communication faculty before registering for credit. As an elective course recommended only for the most motivated students, COMM 4990 does not satisfy any requirements in the communication major (or minor), but counts towards graduation.

The Department of Communication also sponsors an active internship program for qualified (2.8 overall GPA) junior and senior majors. Students may earn no more than six internship credits. One three-credit internship course (COMM 4980) can be used in fulfillment of the final elective requirement in any of the three areas of concentrated study within the communication major. Communication majors interested in applying for an internship complete the departmental internship application form before registering for COMM 4980.

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Looking for useful resources to help you in your communication or public relations studies at Fairfield? Get involved in our Student Communication Club and stay informed by following professional organizations and news resources related to your major.

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The College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University is home to a vibrant community of engaged faculty, dedicated staff, industry professionals, and accomplished scholars devoted to the process of innovation and excited by the prospect of producing knowledge in the service of others. Meet the members of our Communication Department.

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