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Welcome to the Department of Media Studies

Welcome to the Department of Media and Communication Studies

CUA's Department of Media and Communication Studies provides a humanities-centered education in media literacy for students who will become lifelong interpreters, users and producers of mediated texts.

Our curriculum emphasizes the cultural and historical specificity of media in their many contemporary forms, engaging approaches ranging from classical rhetoric to contemporary cultural studies. We take advantage of our position in the nation's capital to develop key internships and career placement for students.

Media and Communications Studies' mission aims to exemplify the Catholic mission and identity of the University through collaboration with other departments and organizations in projects addressing social justice and underserved populations in the District of Columbia.

Main Office: B022 Crough
Phone: 202-319-5601
Fax: 202-319-4489
Direct Academic Advising queries to Dr. Alex Russo


Catch up with our Media Studies Alumni by clicking Where Are They Now?


Learn about our new Certificate in Video Production and Digital Storytelling here!


New! Student Spotlight




Hear from Alycia Monaco, Media Studies Class of 2018, as she wraps up her First Year Experience abroad in Rome!

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Quinn Prunty, Media Studies Class of 2015 and winner of the Facundo Montenegro Award for Excellence in Media Production, shares about her experience filming and producing her documentary, "Underground Comedian."

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Click here for a video about Production at CUA!


News and Events

Congratulations to Pat Healy, '17, who was just selected to serve on the screening committee for DOC NYC, which is now the country's largest documentary film festival.

The Media & Communication Studies faculty would like to give special recognition to three seniors, who passed the comprehensive examination with honors: Sam Aurilia, Liz Hoffman, and Sarah Wheeler. Congratulations on this well-earned distinction.

Dr. Alex Russo participated in a roudtable discussion about the future of media and news, underwritten by Comcast NBC Universal

Dr. Josh Shepperd gave an invited talk on his Library of Congress work with sound preservation and digital humanities at Vassar College on Oct. 7

Patrick Healy, rising junior, was awarded the Ed McMahon Scholarship 

Italia Peretti was awarded the Best Senior Thesis, 2015

Maria Benedetti was awarded the Media Studies Department Award for Academic Excellence

Quinn Prunty was awarded the Facundo Montenegro Award for Excellence in Media Production

Dr. Josh Shepperd will be speaking about multi-media and contemporary art history at the Smithsonian Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art this Friday, March 27.

"Uncensored," a documentary film edited and co-produced by faculty member Maura Ugarte was screened at West End Cinema in a special event on March 26, at 7 pm.

Dr. Stephen McKenna delivered the paper, "An (in-)Tolerable Sketch of the Human Mind": George Campbell's Misappropriation of Thomas Reid on Reason and Common Sense" at the Center for the Study of Scottish Philsosophy in Princeton on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Dr. Martin Johnson has won a "Fellowship for University Teachers" from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete his book, Main Street Movies: Local Films in the United States, 1909-1975.

"Electronic Iran," by Dr. Niki Akhavan, traces key developments on the Iranian Internet.  She gave a book presentation at Georgetown University on November, 12, 2014. 

"Uncensored," is a documetary film about violence against journalists and the importance of freedom of the press, and is edited and co-produced by faculty member Maura Ugarte.  The film premiered in November, 2014.

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Submit Media Studies news and events to: Patricia Mars