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Our communications programs touch nearly every corner of this broad, fast-paced academic arena.

We present our curriculum with a firm grasp of what goes on in the real world because we understand something with great clarity — knowledge and skills are so much more valuable to our students when they can be applied again and again. That's part of the reason our graduates consistently find themselves so employable.

We have a wealth of student organizations and award-winning student publications, such as our often-heralded twice-weekly newspaper The Breeze.

From print journalism and corporate communication to computer software and digital video, we have something that is sure to pique your interest.

Two students in a communications research lab.


  • Ninety-eight full-time faculty members from across three majors make teaching their No. 1 priority.
  • JMU recently launched Port & Main magazine, another in a long line of student-run publications that give our students opportunities for real-world applications of what they learn in the classroom. Read about the magazine's beginnings on JMU's Be the Change blog.
  • JMU students on the L.A. Study Program. Photo by Jake Williams.JMU students chased their Hollywood dreams in the summer of 2012 during the inaugural edition of the L.A. Study Program, designed to build a strong JMU presence in L.A., allow students to establish connections and explore career options in the entertainment industry.
  • Our Institute for Visual Studies is a center for scholarly, scientific and creative inquiry into the nature and workings of images. An incubator of new ideas, the institute fosters discovery through creation of artworks, products and applications. Cross-disciplinary courses are team-taught by professors from different academic areas. Students work on projects in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Are you interested in working on your public speaking, research, critical thinking and leadership skills? JMU's nationally recognized debate program could be your ticket.

What do alums say?

Alumna Julie Bragg Sheppard ('94) stands at her news anchor desk at CBS affiliate WTVR-6 in Richmond, Va.

To me, JMU is the perfect size school. You can walk into an activity and see new faces and familiar faces at the same time.

- Julie Bragg Sheppard ('94), news anchor

Undergraduate Majors

Communication Studies

Media Arts and Design

Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication


Communication Studies

Conflict Analysis and Intervention

Cultural Communication

Health Communication Studies

Political Communication


Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication


Conflict Analysis and Intervention

Converged Media

Corporate Communication

Cultural Communication

Digital Video and Cinema


Health Communication

Interpersonal Communication

Organizational Communication

Public Communication

Public Relations

Technical and Scientific Communication

Writing and Rhetoric