Knowledge and skills happily collide.

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

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.

Video: The virtual reality class gives students the chance to create 360 videos and experience this upcoming field. This video was co-produced by two JMU students, Stuart Brazil ('17) and Chase Maszle ('17). If your browser allows, click and drag to have a look around the room as the video is playing!


Students with professor in a communications research lab.

  • Noted alumni include CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta, former White House photographer Lawrence Jackson, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak, and Emmy-nominated writer and producer Barbara Hall.
  • There are numerous ways to apply classroom knowledge to real-world experiences. Learn more.
  • A collaboration between JMU Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication students and the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project reanimated history with a permanent exhibition dedicated to local African-American history.
  • 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.

JMU alumna Lindsay Czarniak of ESPN's SportsCenter

‘JMU is a great school academically, but it is also a lot of fun. Students that go there love it and come away with great experience and are really prepared for what’s next.’

Lindsay Czarniak ('00), ESPN SportsCenter anchor

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