Communications & Journalism

With small classes, dedicated faculty and a highly focused curriculum, Union is a leader in helping students develop strong writing, critical analysis, research and oral presentation skills – core capabilities for careers in communications and journalism. Many of these skills are emphasized in the First-Year Preceptorial, Sophomore Research Seminar and Senior Thesis or Capstone Project. In addition, the College’s emphasis on interdisciplinary studies gives students both broad and deep knowledge of many subject areas and encourages them to make connections across disciplinary boundaries. A Union education also encourages curiosity, creativity and problem-solving, further tools for success in the field of communications.

Possible majors:

Many majors and minors open doors in editing, publishing, advertising, corporate communications and writing for radio, television, print and online journals. These include Digital Media, English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Photography, Political Science and Sociology. Concentrating in the sciences or engineering is a strong foundation for jobs in technical and science writing.

Campus academic & honorary societies:

Sigma Tau Delta, International English honors society

Clubs and organizations:

Concordiensis newspaper, The Idol literary magazine, Dutch Oven humor newspaper, Garnet yearbook, The Minerva Review, the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics, TvUC, WRUC and The Aleph, a journal on global perspectives by study abroad students

Internship opportunities:

Condé Nast Publications, Elevate Communications, Martha Stewart Living magazine, NBC, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Y&R global marketing and communications 

Suggested terms abroad:

Galway, Ireland; York, England

Alumni in Communications & Journalism:

  1. Meredith Allenick '12, production/marketing Associate, NBC Universal
  2. Dan Amira '07, senior editor, online New York magazine,
  3. Shennell Antrobus '00, public information officer, U.S. Capitol Police
  4. Paul Andres '71, technology writer, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times
  5. Nicole Beland '96, executive editor, Cosmopolitan magazine
  6. Nancy Borowick '07, photojournalist, Newsday and freelance
  7. Meg D'Incecco '91,
  8. Danna DeBlasio '08, manager, Latino Affairs, Patricia Lynch Associates, communications and government relations firm
  9. Erica Fugger '12, editorial assistant, Columbia (University) Center for Oral History
  10. Matthew Futterman '91, senior special writer, The Wall Street Journal
  11. Marcia Keegan '82, VP of production, ESPN
  12. Jillian Lubarsky '05, senior communications associate, American Geriatric Society
  13. James Morton '10, assistant editor of photography, Forbes magazine
  14. Richard Mintz '83, chairman, Global Public Affairs Practice, Burson-Marsteller global communications PR firm
  15. Rachel Racusen '04, deputy national communications director for President Obama
  16. Richard Roth '70, correspondent, CNN
  17. Sally Squires '74, senior VP, Powell, Tate communications
  18. Scott Stedman '99, founder, The L Magazine for arts and culture in New York
  19. Joanna Stern '06, technology editor, ABC News
  20. Max Zimbert '07, producer/writer, Yahoo