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Communication

At UHart’s School of Communication, you get hands-on experience before you graduate. The dedicated faculty and small classes create a collaborative and friendly learning environment where you can explore your interests and practice what you’re learning in the classroom as early as your first semester.

We offer three undergraduate programs, and one graduate program:

If you’re interested in working as a reporter or sports journalist, our Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media and Journalism gives you the opportunity to broadcast news from our new TV studio set or produce live sports programming for ESPN3 from our mobile broadcast studio.

In the Bachelor of Arts in Communication program you create advertising, public relations, and social media campaigns for real clients, all while learning how to effectively communicate with different target audiences.

In our Bachelor of Arts in Cinema program, you can work as a production crew member on a professional set, and you’ll learn how to propose, write, and produce your own narrative short films.

We also offer minors in Cinema, Communication, and Digital Media and Journalism to enhance your storytelling skills and give you a greater understanding of communication theory and research. These minors and complement other programs of study like English, politics and government, history, or sociology.

The Master of Arts in Communication provides you with both a comprehensive overview of the field of communication and a specialization in areas such as media, integrated communication, and human communication. Inside these classes, you'll find professors that are respected experts in these areas, and dynamic and exciting discussion about current issues and problems in communication.

The School of Communication also offers an Accelerated MA in Communication that allows a high-performing undergraduate student to earn up to 9 credits that will count toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Typical application occurs spring of your Junior year, so that if accepted, you may register for graduate classes in the fall of your Senior year. Contact Associate Professor and Program Director Kristin Comeforo for more information.

Students filming documentary
You can travel abroad to film a documentary.

There are plenty of opportunities to apply the skills you learn in the classroom:

You can participate in student-run organizations like the Student Television Network (STN), the Informer UHart student newspaper, two on-campus radio stations, and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the Ad Club. You can broadcast live UHart sports events for ESPN3 from our mobile broadcast studio and cover Hartford Yard Goats minor league baseball in a sports journalism class.

Some students work for non-profit or government agencies like Connecticut Public Television, RealArt Ways, or the Connecticut State Legislature. Others find opportunities at area insurance companies, public relations firms, advertising agencies or media outlets.

We have placed student interns at ESPN, Mintz and Hoke Advertising, Inc., The Hartford Courant and Radio Disney, to name a few. There are even career-relevant internships available on campus such as in the Sports Center and the Office of Marketing and Communication. Students may work at an internship in the Hartford area during the academic year, or away from the University during the summer. Examples of summer internships include Universal Records and MTV Networks in New York City, and CBS/WBZ News Radio 1030 and WLVI-TV 56 in Boston, as well as at companies in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Rhode Island and more.

Students working in our mobile sports broadcast studio.
You can broadcast UHart sports for ESPN-3 from our mobile studio.

Where our graduates are working

School of Communication graduates are working at media companies like ESPN, ABC and NBC News, iHeartRadio, Hartford Business Journal, and The Hartford Courant. Others have gone on to careers at companies such as Amazon, Lego Systems Inc., Pratt & Whitney, and Revlon, as well as at Connecticut communication agencies like McDowell Communications Group, Mintz & Hoke, and Cashman & Katz Integrated Communications.

Skye Trotter

Communication, '21

Communication major Skye Trotter ’21 was hired before graduation as a digital marketing associate for Frost Law in Annapolis, Maryland. Skye also has a minor in politics and government and completed three internships during her time at UHart. The first was doing social media for a Connecticut State Representative, her second was an internship for a member of Congress in her home state of Maryland, and her third was with Hartford-based public relations firm McDowell Communications Group.

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All my internship experience allowed me to really hone-in on what career path I want to take and showed me the importance of being a self- starter.

Susan Cardillo

Associate Professor, Communication

University of Hartford Assistant Professor of Communication Susan Cardillo had just started working as a production assistant on the set of the Hollywood movie A Month of Sundays, starring Rod Steiger, in 2001. “I’m standing next to the production manager and the executive producer walks up to him and punches him in the face. He says, ‘get off my set, you’re fired.’ Then he turns to me and says, ‘you’re the new production manager.’” Having no experience, Cardillo later found out her “promotion” was due to the fact the production manager was having an affair with the executive producer’s wife.

Read more about Susan's story from the most recent publication of UHart's H Magazine.

Teach your students how to passionately tell a story and how to work with a team to make it happen.

Meet the Communication Department Faculty and Staff

Jack Banks
Director of the School of Communication and Cinema Program; Associate Professor
Communication

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Susan Cardillo
Assistant Professor of Communication
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Adam Chiara
Applied Associate Professor
Communication

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Kristin Comeforo
Associate Professor; Graduate Program Director
Communication

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Lauren Cook
Associate Professor of Cinema
Communication

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Robert Duran
Professor
Communication

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Deepa Fadnis
Assistant Professor
Communication

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Susan Grantham
Professor; Co-Director of Communication
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Abe Hefter
Applied Associate Professor
Communication

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Randy Jacobs
Associate Professor
Communication

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Lynne Kelly
Professor
Communication

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Branislav Kovacic
Associate Professor
Communication

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Robert Lang
Professor of Cinema
Communication

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Sarah Miner
Assistant Professor
Communication

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Sundeep Muppidi
Special Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives & Professor of Communication
Provost's Office

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Dakota Nanton
Assistant Professor of Cinema
Communication

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Karen Schermerhorn
Instructor/Academic Advisor
Communication

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Rebecca Townsend
Associate Professor of Communication
Humanities

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Michael Walsh
Associate Professor of Cinema
Communication

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Susan Gottlieb
Office Coordinator
Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies
Communication

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