Dean’s Welcome

Dean’s Welcome


Welcome to the Cathy Hughes School of Communications! This is an exciting time for the School, which recently reorganized our undergraduate programs and departments, graduate studies and interdisciplinary opportunities. Our School is where you will meet award-winning, experienced and dedicated faculty.

Our degrees and programs are designed to educate, excite, and engage students with a focus on the 21st century digital environment. Across departments, our programs emphasize innovation, interdisciplinary studies, entrepreneurship, individualism, international and intercultural learning, and internships.


Degrees and programs

Our degrees and programs are designed to educate, excite, and engage students with a focus on the 21st century digital environment.

- Dean Lawson-Borders

  • Undergraduate degrees are offered in Strategic, Legal and Management Communication (SLMC) and Media, Journalism and Film (MJF). The programs are strategically organized to meet today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders – The graduate program offers a M.S. in Speech-Language and Pathology, and a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Students gain professional experience in the Speech and Hearing Clinic.
  • Graduate Studies – There are graduate programs for a master’s or Ph.D. in communication. The Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA) in Film is the only graduate film program at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). The Ph.D. in Communication, Culture and Media Studies focuses on an emerging digital and multicultural world with three concentration areas in Strategic Communication, Communication Technology and Policy, and Media Studies.
  • Annenberg Honors Program – The academic experience is enhanced for undergraduates through scholarly work in the Annenberg Honors Program (AHP). AHP students take honors courses and participate in community service, leadership training, research, and complete a senior thesis equivalent to a master’s thesis.
  • Internships — The Washington, metropolitan area is at the epicenter of media, government, health, and non-profit organizations. Our students strengthen their academic and professional growth through an average of three to five internships in addition to classroom study. A host of organizations and institutions in the D.C. area and across the nation offer internships.
  • Student Groups — Students can join a range of organizations from the MLK Forensics Society and D. Parke Gibson Chapter of PRSSA to the Howard Association of Black Journalists, student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. The National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association is for students interested in communication sciences and disorders; the Howard University Film Organization focuses on the film industry; and WHBC radio and WHUT PBS television station provide real-world media experience.

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