Office: 318 Dempster Hall.
Telephone: (516) 463-5215
Sybil DelGaudio, Dean
Cliff Jernigan, Associate Dean
Susan Murphy, Acting Assistant Dean
Ellen DaVolio, Assistant Dean
Hofstra University’s School of Communication, committed to the University’s liberal
arts tradition, provides the opportunity to explore the world of humanistic inquiry
through the interdisciplinary study of all forms of communication processes and
institutions. With courses that explore the theoretical and practical nature of
communication, the School provides majors with the opportunity to pursue scholarly
inquiry and to acquire technical experience. The School’s integrated approach
is based on the belief that life in an advanced society demands knowledge of the
arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business, and technology.
Therefore, students are required to take a range of courses outside the major.
Reciprocally, the School invites students in other university programs to learn
about the impact and relevance of communication and communication systems. The
curriculum aims to foster critical thinking; to explore aesthetics; to investigate
ethics, humanistic values, and cultural diversity; to encourage originality and
creativity; to expose students to current and converging technologies; and to
provide the training for leadership in a technological age. With the conviction
that the media exist to protect the freedoms of our society, the faculty is committed
to a scholarly environment in which theoretical, historical, critical, and technological
methodologies help students to question, challenge, and improve all forms of communication.
The School strives to produce graduates who are active cultural contributors.
To achieve this goal, the School emphasizes creative problem solving, responsible
decision making and cooperative learning. Together the faculty and students of
the School participate in an ongoing exploration of the roles, purposes, and technologies
Students should consult the Class Schedule for specific offerings before registering for their programs.
THE SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION is composed of three departments, as listed below:
The Department of Audio/Video/Film offers programs leading to the degrees of
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts
degree can major in Audio/Radio, Video/Television, Film Studies and Production, and Audio/Video and Film, a B.A. program that combines all three areas. Bachelor of Science students
can major in Video/Television, Video/Television and Film, and Video/Television and Business. All programs ground the students in the liberal arts, thereby enabling them
to pursue a wide variety of careers and further study. The department’s interdisciplinary
approach provides the foundations necessary for opportunities in all aspects of
the communication and entertainment industries and for pursuing scholarly research.
Students take courses in the history, theory, and aesthetics of the media while
also learning the practical and technical components necessary to create and produce
material for the media. Each area of the department provides opportunities for
personal self-expression, scholarly inquiry, and technical mastery. With a commitment
to prepare students for the rapidly converging communications of the twenty-first
century, the Department of Audio/Video/Film is a site for the intellectual inquiry,
creative activity, and practical achievements on which liberally educated students
can build the future.
Journalism and Mass Media Studies
The Department of Journalism and Mass Media Studies offers programs leading to
a Bachelor of Arts degree in the areas of Print Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, Mass Media Studies, and Public Relations.
The department is dedicated to a quality liberal arts education. The journalism
programs teach critical thinking, research and effective oral and written expression,
emphasizing the ethics, laws and history of the profession. The Department seeks
to educate individuals for careers as truthful and accurate media professionals,
such as reporters, producers, editors, and broadcasters. The Mass Media studies
program provides students with historical, analytical and critical skills necessary
to pursue a media-related career or to conduct scholarly research in the field
and is designed primarily for those considering graduate-level education. The
Bachelor of Arts program in Public Relations is designed to equip students with
the knowledge, attitudes and skills expected of professionals in the field. The
degree curriculum is founded in the liberal arts and incorporates a broad working
knowledge of issues that include economics, political science, and business. Each
of these programs is grounded within the framework of liberal arts and science
education and the principles by which journalists and scholars work in a democratic
Speech Communication, Rhetoric, and Performance Studies
The philosophy of the Department of Speech Communication, Rhetoric, and Performance
is based on the recognition that our society is enmeshed in an all-encompassing,
interdependent, and ever-expanding web of human and technological communication.
Students who major in or take courses in this department learn how the communication
process works in interpersonal and group settings, in formal organizations, and
in public communication situations. The primary goals of the curriculum are to
develop competencies in observing, analyzing, and evaluating communication practices;
to develop knowledge about human communication theory; and to develop communication
skills in a variety of settings.
The program provides a strong liberal arts background that can be applied to
a variety of professional fields such as business, education, and government.
Examples of specific career applications include communication training and development,
conflict management and resolution, law, corporate and public advocacy, and public
The School of Communication offers undergraduate programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and
Bachelor of Science. (See each department for a listing of individual majors.)
The School also offers a Master of Arts degree in Speech Communication and Rhetorical
Bachelor of Arts
Candidates for graduation from the School of Communication with the degree of
Bachelor of Arts must fulfill the following requirements:
Degree RequirementsBachelor of Arts
Candidates for graduation from the School of Communication with the
degree of Bachelor of Arts must fulfill the following requirements:
1. Semester Hour Requirement
The successful completion of at least 124 semester hours
and a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 in work completed at
Hofstra. Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
and Mass Media Studies must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
2. Liberal Arts Requirement
At least 94 semester hours (93 hours for the B.A.
specialization in Elementary Education and a liberal arts major) of the
total must be in liberal arts. Beyond this minimum, the student may
elect either nonliberal arts courses or additional liberal arts
3. There are two requirements that must ordinarily be
completed in residenceat Hofstra: 15 semester hours in the major field
of concentration, and the last 30 semester hours. The 15 semester hours
in the major need not be included within the last 30 hours.
4. The fulfillment of the following seven general
requirements for the B.A.: NOTE: requirements listed below include
options whereby a student may apply courses in one discipline toward
several different requirements. No student may use any one course to
fulfill more than one general requirement. A single course, however,
may be used to satisfy both a general degree requirement and a
requirement that is specific to a chosen major or minor.
A. Nine semester hours of distribution
courses in the humanities (see Distribution Courses under HCLAS). The
nine semester hours must include at least three from the Literature
category and at least three from the Arts category. No more than three
semester hours of Creative Participation courses may be used to satisfy
B. Nine semester hours of distribution
courses in the natural sciences and mathematicslcomputer science (see
Distribution Courses under HCLAS). At least three semester hours must
be chosen from each category.
C. Nine semester hours of distribution
courses in the social sciences (see Distribution Courses under HCLAS).
The nine semester hours must include at least three from the Behavioral
Sciences category and at least three from the History, Philosophy,
D. Three semester hours of distribution course credit
in the Cross-Cultural category (see Distribution Courses under HCLAS).
E. Three semester hours of distribution course
credit in the Interdisciplinary Studies/Other category (see
Distribution Courses under HCLAS). A student may satisfy this
requirement with three semester hours of Interdisciplinary Studies
course credit or with three semester hours in any other category.
However this requirement is satisfied, it is an additional three
semester hours to the thirty semester hours required by A-D above.
F. Satisfactory completion of ENGL 1 and 2. Students
entering Hofstra with full credit for ENGL 1 and 2 must, during their
first semester at Hofstra, take the Hofstra Writing Proficiency Test.
Students who do not pass the test are required to complete ENGL 4 and
retake and pass the Hofstra Writing Proficiency Test.
G. Completion of level 4 of a foreign language,
placement above level 4, or completion of the special language option.
1) A student who continues the study
of a foreign language begun in high school must take the language
placement test (administered by the Language Laboratory) to determine
placement in the proper level. No student shall receive credit toward
graduation for any course below his or her level of placement in that
continuing the same language studied in high school, successful
completion of level 4 of that language will satisfy the foreign
language requirement. Students who transfer college credit in a foreign
language should continue in the next level which follows that in which
they have received credit. If continuing the same language as studied
in high school, the foreign language requirement can only be satisfied
by completing level 4; if these credits are in a language different
from that studied in high school, they may continue to level 4, or the
Special Language Option (see below) may apply. International students
may satisfy this requirement either by completing ELP 36 or by placing
out of the requirement by taking the placement examination in their
2) Special Language Option:
A student who does not wish to
continue the study of a foreign language studied in high school may–by
filing a Special Language Option Form–take levels 1 and 2 of a foreign
language not previously studied and six semester hours chosen from the
5. The completion of 9 semester hours of School of Communication foundation courses, as follows:
levels 3 and/or 4 of that language;
levels 1 and/or 2 of any other
not previously studied;
literature in translation;
Jewish Studies, excluding JWST 15, 16.
Students who wish to use the Special Language Option must file the
Special Language Option Form with the Advisement Office. If the
student’s high school transcript is not on file, the student must
supply one in order to complete the process.
AVF 1. Sound and Image Aesthetics
MASS 1. Mass Media: History and Development
SPCM 1. Oral Communication
(See course descriptions, AVF courses, JRNL courses, MASS courses, and SPCM courses.)
6. The fulfillment of major requirements as listed in
this Bulletin under each department. Students must receive a grade of
C- or better in all courses applicable to the major. Print and
Broadcast Journalism, Mass Media Studies, and Public Relations majors
must maintain a GPA of 2.5 in all courses applicable to majors.
Bachelor of Science
All students must meet program admission requirements (see majors listed under
Audio/Video/Film). Candidates for graduation must fulfill the following requirements:
- The successful completion of at least 124 semester hours and a cumulative grade-point
average of 2.0 in work completed at Hofstra.
- At least 72 semester hours must be completed in liberal arts.
- There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at
Hofstra: 24 semester hours in the major field and the last 30 hours. The 24 semester
hours need not be included within the last 30 hours.
- Fulfillment of the following four general requirements for the B.S.:
- Satisfactory completion of ENGL 1 & 2 (See University Degree Requirements)
Six semester hours of distribution courses in each of the following three divisional
areas (including at least 3 semester hours in each sub-divisional category of
each divisional area):
- Humanities (6 s.h.)
- Natural Science/Mathematics/Computer Science (6 s.h.)
- Social Science Distribution (6 s.h.)
- The completion of 9 semester hours of School of Communication foundation courses,
AVF 1. Sound and Image Aesthetics
MASS 1. Mass Media: History and
SPCM 1. Oral Communication
(See course descriptions, AVF courses,
JRNL courses, MASS courses, and SPCM courses.)
- Completion of level 2 of a foreign language or placement above level 2. (Note:
a student who continues the study of a foreign language begun in high school must
take the language placement test (administered by the Language Laboratory) to
determine placement in the proper level. No student will receive credit toward
graduation for any course below his or her level of placement in the language.
For students continuing the same language studied in high school, successful completion
of level 2 of that language will satisfy the foreign language requirement. International
students may satisfy this requirement either by completing ELP 36 or by placing
out of the requirement by taking the placement examination in their native language.)
- The fulfillment of major requirements as listed in the Bulletin under each department.
Students must receive a grade of C- or better in all courses applicable to the
A minor in any program in the School of Communication consists of the successful
completion of 18 semester hours of courses, chosen under advisement. At least
6 hours must be taken in residence. Additional hours in residence in the minor
field are required by the departments of Audio/Video/Film and Journalism and Mass
Media Studies. Please refer to individual department listings.
Freshmen, new transfers, and undecided communication students in the School of
Communication are required to contact the Assistant Dean, in the Dean’s Office,
to have an adviser/mentor assigned as soon as they declare a major or minor. All
other declared majors and minors are assigned through the department. Students
who wish to major or minor in Speech Communication and Rhetorical Studies should
go directly to the department office in 322 Dempster Hall to have an adviser assigned.
Students are required to meet with their adviser for scheduling of classes for
each semester. Adviser/mentors are available throughout each semester to answer
any questions, advise with problems, or provide information needed.
Hofstra University broadcasts to Long Island and parts of New York City at 88.7
FM, and webcasts to the world at www.wrhu.org. The station is on the air 22 hours a day, 365 days a year, and reaches a target
audience of almost four million people. With an operating staff of more than 100
people, WRHU is primarily student-operated. As a cornerstone of the School, WRHU
exists to provide quality broadcast training to qualified Hofstra University students.
Participation at WRHU is recommended as one of the most effective methods of learning
the business of radio broadcasting and audio production while engaging in a practicum
that complements academic classroom learning. Interested students must apply,
interview, and be placed into a 10-week, noncredit training class held twice per
year. For more information, visit www.wrhu.org.
Hofstra Speech and Debate Team
The Speech and Debate (Forensics) Team offers both School of Communication students
and students in other units of the University an opportunity to hone their communication,
critical thinking, organizational, research, and interpersonal skills by becoming
members of this nationally ranked team. Members of the Speech and Debate Team
engage in intercollegiate competition in a variety of individual events. These
include public address events such as informative and persuasive speaking, after
dinner (humorous) speaking, and impromptu speaking, and performance of literature
events, such as performance of prose, poetry, and dramatic literature. The team
travels to many universities to compete, including rotating sites around the country
for the national championships. Several members of the team have received high
accolades, including best speaker in New York State and national champion in persuasive
Hofstra Video Productions
Hofstra Video Productions (HVP) is the University’s awardwinning, in-house multimedia
production unit residing in a state-pf-the-art facility in Dempster Hall. A working
creative services department, projects include the production of electronic promotional
materials for the University’s public relations department designed to effectively
promote Hofstra’s specialized Schools and programs. HVP produces real-world productions
for network and cable television, radio, Web, DVD and CD-ROM distribution, as
well as live special events. High visibility projects have included cooperative
endeavors with members of the business community, public television, “The History
Channel,” network television, and a variety of external media outlets. Working
with a professional staff who are often joined by outside industry professionals,
students are given full hands-on opportunities to hone their skills in camera
work, lighting, audio, digital editing, special effects, compositing, and various
multimedia software. Equipment used by HVP includes BetacamSP, Digital Betacam,
DVCPro, Mini-DV, DVCam, field prompter system, as well as a full complement of
broadcast-quality lighting and field equipment. Inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Involvement in student and professional organizations and activities serves to
enhance the educational experiences of students in the School of Communication.
- National Broadcasting Society-Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS-AERho)
- Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
- Association for Women in Communications (AWC)
- National Association of College Broadcasters (NACB)
- Hofstra Entertainment Access Television (HEAT)
- African and Latino Students in Communication Arts (ALSICA)
- The Chronicle (weekly campus newspaper)
- News and literary magazines
- Lambda Pi Eta (national communication honor society)
- National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
- Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA)
- Hofstra Film Club (HFC)
- National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)
- Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)