Communications class

Develop a solid foundation of skills, knowledge and practical experience.


Discover the world of Communications at Molloy University and become part of one of the most contemporary, exciting, and challenging fields. Our stimulating, multi-faceted program includes valuable hands-on experience and academic training. We will guide you through the dynamic interplay of communication theory and practice and then we'll show you how to effectively translate the skills you learn into professional employment or graduate study.

Our goal is to prepare each student to enter the vibrant communication workplaces of the 21st century. We give our communications students a solid foundation of skills, knowledge, and practical experience. We prepare our graduates to face the challenges of an ethically complex world by offering theoretical and critical courses. We offer exciting courses like TV Studio Production, Podcast Production, Public Relations, Advertising, Video Storytelling and Game Studies that will prepare you for future careers whatever path in Communications you choose. Students also complete exciting internships at prominent media and public relations industries.

Transfer students are welcome into this program. Learn more about transferring to Molloy, including transfer guidelines, articulation agreements and funding opportunities.

Degree options for Communications Majors

Communications Majors at Molloy University are offered multiple degree options.

  • Professional Communications - B.A.

    Professional Concentration
    The Communications department offers a 42 credit concentration in Professional
    Communications. This program is ideal for those interested in graduate study or careers in public
    relations, human resources, conflict resolution, events planning, management or administration
    in any industry or field and for the development of effective communication skills in any
    organizational or professional setting.

    List of required courses: Molloy University - Communications (Professional Communications)—B.A. (

    Professional Communications Program Director:

    Dr. Janice Kelly


  • Television Media - B.A.

    Media Concentration
    The Communications Department offers a 42 credit program in media preparing students for
    careers in television and film. The program includes both studies and production courses where
    students will understand the cultural and social meanings of the medium as well as get hands on
    training in our state of the art television studio using high definition equipment creating news
    stories, sitcoms, movies, documentaries and other forms of video content.
    A degree specialized in media prepares students for a wide array of careers as a producer,
    director, show runner, script writer, camera operator, broadcast journalist, video editor and much
    more! As part of the program, Communication majors are required to complete an internship for
    a media company, taking the skills learned in the classroom into a professional setting.

    Television Media Program Director:

    Dr. Tom Kenny


    List of required courses: Molloy University - Communications (Media)—B.A. (


  • Digital Humanities & New Media - B.S.

    A production based degree ideal for those who wish to learn both critical inquiry skills (writing, speaking, analyzing, critiquing) and multiple digital production skills needed to succeed in today's in demand careers in a variety of professional settings including media production, gaming, market research, technology and more.

    Digital Humanities & New Media Program Director:

    Dr. Sarah Evans

  • Education Concentration in Communications - B.S.

    In partnership with the School of Education this concentration is designed to prepare students for a successful career in teaching. The discipline of communications is changing rapidly as a result of emerging technology. More generally, media have created cultural changes which drastically alter the way students in these age-groups learn and the skills expected of them.

Minors Offered

  • Film and Television Minor

    The Communications department offers a minor in Film and Television that will prepare you for a variety of careers in the media industry. Students will take hands-on courses in screenwriting and video production and editing to create several short films and documentaries.

    For more information on the minor requirements click here:

    Molloy University - Film and Television Minor

  • Game Studies Minor

    The Communications department now offers a Game Studies minor. The ascendancy of gaming as a mainstream, professional career option offers opportunities that require new media skills and acute awareness of contemporary issues and debates in this rapidly growing industry. Through hands-on learning experiences, students will learn game design fundamentals as well as media production skills, common practices, and ethics related to careers in gaming and live streaming. New Media majors can pursue a concentration in game studies or majors from any program can minor.

    For more information on the minor requirements click here:

    Molloy University - Game Studies Minor

  • New Media Minor

    The Communications department offers a flexible minor in New Media designed to enhance your digital skills. Required courses for the minor provide essential knowledge, and a variety of electives allow specialization in areas like content creation, social media, digital strategy, and more. This minor is an excellent choice for anyone who will be working closely with digital media technology in their career.

    For more information on the minor requirements click here:

    Molloy University - New Media Minor

  • Professional Communications Minor

    The Communications department offers a minor in Professional Communications that will prepare you for a variety of careers in any organizational setting. Students will take courses in public relations and advertising producing press releases, social media and ad campaigns, as well as media kits for many professional industries. For more information on the minor requirements click here:

    Molloy University - Professional Communications Minor

State of the Art Studios & Labs

students-on-computer.jpgAs a communication major you will get hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art studios and labs located in the Wilbur Arts building. You will have access to a TV Studio, Podcast Studio, and Media Lab all equipped with the latest technology to perfect your skills.

Earn a CREDLY Badge in Digital Media Production

The Communications department offers all Molloy students the opportunity to earn a CREDLY badge for both Digital Media Production and Advanced Digital Media Production. These badges certify your expertise in specific skills and are a great way to stand out to future employers.

credley-badges_digital-media.jpgEarners of the Digital Media Production Badge will demonstrate how to successfully use filming equipment such as operating a camera and editing content for social media, front end web development, and graphic design. Earners will also demonstrate competency in video and digital media production, content management, creation, and editing.

Courses to earn the badge (12 Credits):

COM 2260 Introduction to New Media

COM 2440 Online Content Production

COM 2560 Field Production

COM 2620 Social Media

credley-badges_digital-media2.jpgEarners of the Advanced Digital Media Production Badge have demonstrated how to successfully use video equipment to create advanced still and moving image content, front end web development, and graphic design. Earners have also demonstrated competency in feature length video production or short form video storytelling, content management, creation, and editing.

Courses to earn the badge (9 Credits):

COM 3670 Editing and Post Production

COM 3920 Advanced Online Content Production

COM 3101 Video Storytelling for the Web OR COM 3520 Television Studio Production II



What our Students Say About the Program

  • Courtney Chamblin, COM Graduate 2022

    "The Communications Department helped me to cultivate my skills as a filmmaker. From long
    days of editing in the media lab, to directing in the TV studio, to scriptwriting for multiple
    productions- the communications dept. provided me with all the tools needed to communicate
    "story" through film."

  • Toni Fanaso, COM Graduate May 2020

    "My journey with the Communications Department at Molloy was one of the greatest
    experiences of my life. Getting to be a part of the COM family was always inspiring, challenging
    and very rewarding. The education I received has prepared me for this exciting new chapter as I
    enter into the communications world. The skills, life lessons and insights I gained from my
    professors are invaluable tools and precious moments I will always cherish. Thank you to Brian
    Cogan, Janice Kelly, Tom Kenny and Deidre Pribram for the wisdom they shared, kindness they
    showed and the respect they had for each one of us. I'm certain it wasn't always easy dealing with
    so much creative energy all in one place; but we are all so thankful for your patience and
    understanding. Little did I know, through all of the hard work, how fast four years would fly by
    and how much fun we would all have together. I am eternally grateful for this wonderful
    experience, the relationships I made and the memories that will stay with me a lifetime."

  • Rachel Hayden, Current Professional Communications Student

    "I have found a home with the COM department at Molloy University. The classes are engaging and interesting. I look forward to each class and the professors are always willing to go the extra mile to help. I appreciate and am grateful to be a part of this community!"

  • Devin Dryden, Current TV and Media Production Student

    "There are many things I like about the communications program. Classes such as podcasting, Field production and Video Editing have helped me to become more adept at software such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer. The Media program has led me to network and make friends who share my interests. There are many members of faculty that have been integral to my success here at Molloy. The media department has an extensive amount of equipment and resources that have been very helpful to use when doing assignments and personal projects."

Student Clubs and Honor Societies

  • Media Production Club

    A space for Molloy students to be creative by making movies, podcasts, scripts, and other forms of media. All content is original work outside of Molloy events such as short films, documentaries, and television productions, among other content.

  • Lamb Pi Eta - COM Honor Society


    Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. LPH has more than 500 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities nationwide.

    LPH became a part of the National Communication Association in 1988, and the association's official honor society in July 1995. It is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS).

    LPH represents what Aristotle described in Rhetoric as three ingredients of persuasion: logos (Lambda), meaning logic; pathos (Pi), relating to emotion; and ethos (Eta), defined as character credibility and ethics.

    Student Membership Requirements

    Student Membership 

    How to join your local chapter 

    To be eligible for admission, undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:

    • Complete 60 semester credit-hours (90 quarter credit-hours)
    • Have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 
    • Complete the equivalent of 12 semester credit-hours (18 quarter credit-hours) in Communication Studies
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.25 for all Communication Studies courses
    • Currently be enrolled as a student in good standing, as determined by the institution's policies

At Molloy University communications is a unique multi-dimensional learning experience

 Some of the exciting features of the Communications program at Molloy include:

  • Faculty who are published scholars and experienced professionals, as well as excellent teachers dedicated to their students' success
  • Your own personal advisor and small-size classes that promote close relationships with faculty and other students. There is a maximum of 20 students in studies courses and 16 in production classes
  • A HD television studio and location-shooting equipment for all-important hands-on training
  • A media lab for students to utilize for video editing, web design, podcasting, blogging & more!
  • Exciting internships and service-learning opportunities
  • Molloy students have interned at such companies as MTV, ABC, NBC Bravo, CBS News, News 12 Long Island, VH1, the New York Islanders, New York Mets, Madison Square Garden, Entertainment Management Public Relations, HBO, Rachael Ray Productions, Newsday, FOX News, Comedy Central Enterprises and Sony Music
  • Global learning opportunities include international internships in places like Brussels as well as shorter trips to many European destinations
  • Distinguished guest speakers and interesting workshops. We've hosted such speakers as Alec Baldwin, Eldra Gillman, Director of Diversity Recruiting and Education for CBS, News 12 reporters Dana Arschin & Michelle Lamb, Donna Rivera-Downing, Marketing Director for Girl Scouts and Alison Harris, Events Planner for Plum Entertainment. Workshops cover resumé writing and interview skills, creating e-portfolios (PR campaigns) or video reels and career planning

Communications Scholarships

Molloy University Communications Department Faculty and Staff

  • Tom Kenny, Ph.D.

    Chairperson, Assistant Professor, Program Director of TV and Media Production &
    Director of Media Facilities


    Tom Kenny specializes in media studies and production. He teaches courses including TV Studio Production, Video Editing, Media Literacy, Social Media, and Scriptwriting. Tom is the co-author of the book Producing New and Digital Media: Your Guide to Savvy Use of the Web published through Routledge. He also co-founded the New Media major and minor at Molloy University. Since 2008, Tom has held the position of Director of Media Facilities and is involved in the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the television studio and media lab. Tom also produces content for the Communication Department's website and social media pages. He earned his Ph.D. from Long Island University in Information Studies.

  • Janice Kelly, Ed.D.

    Program Director of Professional Communications & Professor


    Dr. Janice Kelly earned her doctorate degree from Columbia University, Teachers College in Communications and Education. Her research specialty is corporate communication, gender studies and relational/interpersonal communication. Her research, "A Comparison of Prime-Time Situation Comedy Fathers and Real Fathers on Involvement, Communication and Affection," has appeared in USA Today, Big Apple Parenting Magazine and other publications as well as family-oriented conferences and journals. She serves as a consultant to both state and local family agencies and grassroots fatherhood initiative projects. Dr. Kelly serves as a guest editor for the Journal Fathering: Theory, Research, and Practice about men as fathers. she also produced a documentary on "Perceptions of Fathers in the Media: In search of the Ideal Father."

  • Brian Cogan, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor



    Dr. Brian Cogan teaches a variety of courses including History of Media and Understanding Television and Media in the 21st Century. He is a past President and Wilson Scholar of the New York State Communication Association. Dr. Cogan is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and books on topics ranging from politics, popular culture and music.

  • Sarah Evans, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor



    Sarah Evans is an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and New Media at Molloy College. She teaches courses on game studies, game design for social good, and new media and holds a Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media from North Carolina State University. Her interdisciplinary research documents and interrogates inequalities in gaming and game design communities as it simultaneously seeks to disrupt, intervene in and alleviate these inequalities. Through her work as a member of the research management team for the Refiguring Innovation in Games grant (ReFIG), Dr. Evans produced a co-authored, open-source, community-based game initiatives resource that brings together curricula, policies, and best practices of doing this type of work

  • Max Renner, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor



    Max Renner is an Assistant Professor of the Molloy College Digital Humanities and New Media Department. He earned his PhD in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media from North Carolina State University. As a rhetorical critic, he has primarily looked at the intersections of technology and the rhetorical work of space as well as practices of placemaking in formations of publics. Beginning with an examination of spatial modes of organization and architectural engagements within the built environment, this research has addressed both theorizations as well as applications of space within material landscapes, digital rhetoric, and architectural communication practices. He recently received the Eastern Communication Association's Urban Communication Research Award for his manuscript, in progress, on potential of architecture's role in the ongoing development of material public life. This project considers the implications of place, technology, and publics in relation to one another, in order to examine the lifespan of public places--how public places come to be constructed, in particular ways, and for particular bodies. His work has appeared in Communication Education, Argumentation and Advocacy, the Journal of Media and Religion, an MIT Press book chapter, the upcoming volume of the Urban Communication Reader (forthcoming), and Writing Across the Curriculum Clearinghouse (forthcoming)

  • Karen Beck, M.A.

    Adjunct Instructor

    Karen has a vast experience working in the television industry as Director of Programming for Fox Television Stations. As the Director of Programming, Karen had been involved in acquiring television series such as "The Wendy Williams Show." "Big Bang Theory," "Modern Family," and "TMZ." Currently, she is the Director of Distribution and Affiliate Relations for In Depth with Graham Bensinger. Armed with her expertise in coordinating with television stations and their budget, Karen teaches Media Management at Molloy University.

  • Jean Devlin, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Instructor



    Jean Devlin received her Ph.D. in English, with a specialty in Children's Literature, from Southern Illinois University, where she was the recipient of a Doctoral Fellowship. As the Director of Student Special Services at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, she taught English and history and ran Project Interact, a division of Rotary International. At Molloy, Dr. Devlin teaches Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature, Creative Drama and Group Discussion. Her awards include Educator of Excellence, New York State English Council; Educator of Excellence, Long Island Language Arts Council; Excellence in Teaching at Molloy College and citations in several Who's Who publications.

  • Jacqueline Hansen, M.S

    Adjunct Instructor



    Jacqueline Hansen is a veteran public relations, marketing and corporate communications specialist with more than 25 years of agency, and in-house experience serving clients across the globe. Six years ago, she founded her own New York-based public relations/marketing firm, specializing in media relations, crisis communications, marketing communications, and corporate communications serving clients primarily in the U.S. and Europe. At Molloy College, she is an adjunct professor teaching Advertising, Public Relations, Marketing Communications, and Writing. Prior to creating her own agency, she was the US Head of Corporate Communications and Public Relations for Swiss International Air Lines, formerly Swissair where she headed up North American efforts years. During her tenure, she developed and delivered strategic internal and external communication during acquisitions, bankruptcies, and worldwide disasters.

  • Lynn Kennedy, M.Ed.

    Adjunct Instructor


    Once a competitive public speaker and debater, Lynn Kennedy went on to teach Shakespeare, literature, public speaking, acting and composition in the Port Washington Public School system for 38 years, before retiring from public education. Lynn has had the pleasure of working with culturally and academically diverse students throughout her career and has found this to be true: "The deepest desire of every student is to like the world on an honest basis through knowing it" (Eli Siegel). Lynn teaches Public Speaking for the Communications Department.

  • Janet Douglas-Pryce, M.A.

    Adjunct Instructor



    Janet Pryce teaches courses in the professional communications concentration, particularly corporate communications. Janet earned her Master of Arts degree from New York University in speech and interpersonal communications. Janet's background not only includes several years in higher education, but she also has experience teaching in an elementary school environment, previously instructing sixth-grade students.

  • Alyssa Rosand

    Adjunct Instructor


    Alyssa Rosand began her career as an assistant editor at MTV before starting her long tenure as a writer and producer on Nickelodeon's Creative Marketing team. She has created award-winning marketing campaigns for some of the world's top franchises such as PAW Patrol, Baby Shark, and Blue's Clues & You. She also works as a freelance producer and video editor for content creators on YouTube, Instagram and TikTok. Alyssa received her M.A. in Emerging Media from Loyola University Maryland and uses her expertise to teach Introduction to Video Editing at Molloy University.

  • Christopher Caccavo

    Adjunct Instructor



  • TV Studio and Media Lab Assistant

    Julia Kraemer

    Julia has experience in video editing, film and TV studio production, and scriptwriting. She graduated from Molloy with a BA in Communications in 2021. As the TV studio and lab assistant she helps Dr. Kenny in the maintenance of the television studio and the media lab. She is currently earning her MFA in Screenwriting and TV at Stephen's College.

  • Administrative Assistant

    Patricia O'Neill



Department Chair

Dr. Tom Kenny

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