Find Your Voice, Tell Your Story, Make a Difference

Studying media, film, journalism and strategic communication is about more than getting a degree. It’s about joining an engaged community of media-makers and researchers who equip you with the tools to transform your passions into a fulfilling career.

We create learning environments that balance theory and practice by connecting the classroom with the world, bridging the gap between research and creative expression. You’ll explore today’s communication challenges and build tomorrow’s solutions. Internships and travel courses made possible by our network of alumni and our partnerships with local organizations will enhance your experience.

Our internationally recognized faculty emphasize critical thinking, community engagement and experiential learning. Your professors are also your mentors, guiding you through theoretical and historical approaches to the study and practice of media culture as it speaks to multicultural communication and social justice.

Undergraduate Programs

Our undergraduates can major in journalism studies, strategic communication (public relations), film studies and production, and media studies. Students can also pursue a minor in media, film and journalism studies.

Graduate Programs

Graduate students can build connections and expertise through the MA in Media & Public Communication with concentrations in Strategic Communication or Media and Globalization. Alternately, you can create customized course plans in a field of your own design through our interdisciplinary MA in International & Intercultural Communication, a one-of-a-kind program offered in partnership with the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

Global Awareness

Our international emphasis means you’ll explore issues like the importance of communication in bioterrorism or how nonprofits use strategic messaging campaigns to build relationships. Our faculty screen documentaries and experimental films worldwide, work as active journalists, and tackle research on issues like hygiene in urban Africa or women’s rights in South America.

We are a hub for research on civic engagement and human rights, giving our students access to leading minds in new media industries. At the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media, we conduct research and host workshops on real-world issues like coverage of immigration and detention issues and new models for news businesses that serve the public.

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Make a Difference

du media industry dinner

We’re committed to social improvement and innovation. Journalism students publish the Clarion, DU’s award-winning newspaper, while film studies students make documentaries on a range of unique subcultures. One student-led initiative, The DU Bike Library, raised $50,000 from the City of Denver. Another student presented her thesis to the Magazine Publishers of America, exploring what it means to be “connected” in today’s world.

Students make a difference by applying their research to Denver’s communities. Students and faculty collaborate on projects like strategic messaging campaigns, social media practices and health communication that tie in-classroom learning to real-world impacts.

The program's emphasis on combining theoretical and practical skills is obvious from the very first class.

Michal Varga Graduate Alumnus
Michal Varga

My time at [my internship] has reaffirmed what my classes already established: it really is possible to do meaningful work and improve the world through applied communication.

Daniel Estes Graduate Alumnus
Daniel Estes

Get involved. Create work. Create networks among your peers. Look outside the University for opportunities, whether they be internships or another creative project to which to lend your experiences and skills.

Sheila Schroeder, Film Studies and Production Professor
Sheila Schroeder and Project DU F.I.L.M. at their premiere

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Student Resources

Student Opportunities

Both undergraduate and graduate students take part in our robust internship program. Film students present their work through the InShort Film Showcase and internally-recognized Project DU F.I.L.M., while media studies and journalism students find their voice through the Clarion, DU’s student newspaper; Rocky Mountain Reverb, DU's student-run podcast; and DU Media, the student-run Instagram account that highlights student work.

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Faculty Experts

Our internationally recognized faculty are active researchers and media-makers. They are experts in strategic communication, media studies, film studies and production, journalism and digital media studies. Some recent projects focus on news and inequality, freedom of speech, media and terrorism, Indigenous and day laborer technology use, and gender and media in areas of conflict. Our faculty regularly publish and present both research and creative work on international platforms.

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The Denver Advantage

Denver offers a wide range of opportunities for student internships, fellowships, and community engagement both on- and off-campus. You can gain real-world experience in areas as diverse as arts, culture and entertainment, government and politics, television and radio, health and wellness and digital media and design. Our travel and research grants help fund your community work.

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Media, Film & Journalism Studies News

Lynn Schofield Clark
Lynn Schofield Clark Receives Distinguished Professor Award

The award is the highest honor that the University bestows on its faculty members, and recognizes their “national and international distinction in a field of research/scholarship, and work that makes a positive impact on society.”

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A group of people stand in protest against a line of police in riot gear. One man near the front is speaking into a bullhorn.
2021 Institutional Justice Event Series

For the 2021-2022 academic year, IRISE has partnered with MFJS and the Estlow Center to present a series of opportunities for students and faculty to engage in discussions on racial institutional justice, mass criminalization / incarceration and policing with community activists, scholars and policymakers. Join us on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, for a full day of events. 

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Connect with the MFJS Department Fall 2021

Find out more about MFJS faculty office hours and upcoming social events! 

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