University of Denver Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies

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Mass Communications Building at the University of Denver.

The University of Denver Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies (DU MFJS) is located in Mass Communications Building on the University of Denver campus at the corner of South Gaylord Street and East Harvard Avenue. The department offers an undergraduate program in Media, Film and Journalism Studies and two graduate programs: an MA in Media and Public Communication and an MA in International and Intercultural Communication (joint degree with the Josef Korbel School of International Studies).[1]


The program, formally known as Mass Communications, converted to Media, Film and Journalism Studies in 2010. Programs include Strategic Communications, Media Studies, Film Studies and Production, Journalism, and Digital Media Studies.

The Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies is home to 250 undergraduate students studying one of our four majors. It offers three graduate degrees through two graduate programs which together contain 60 graduate students. Classes are small, and range between 8 and 30 students to a classroom. All programs are unique in their broad view of the subject, providing students with both a strong theoretical background and integral hands-on, experiential opportunities.

Most MFJS undergraduate students and all graduate students are expected to fulfill an internship requirement in their field of choice, guaranteeing them a starting point for the post-degree job search. 96.4% of DU graduates have either a full-time job or are enrolled in graduate school within one year of graduation.

The Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies develops critical thinkers, capable of applying a broad-based understanding of communication in ways that better ourselves, our communities and the world at large. Both intellectual curiosity and personal creativity are encouraged to sharpen analytical and artistic literacy. Students are given the tools they need to succeed in any career they may choose, both post-graduation and 40 years from now.[2]

Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media[edit]

In 2000, the Charlotte A. and Edward W. Estlow International Center for Journalism & New Media was established at the university. The center sponsors research projects, award programs, and outreach and education programs. The intent of these programs is to foster conversations among journalism students, professionals in the field, and members of the public, on the subject of the role of media in safeguarding democratic freedoms.[3]

Degree programs[edit]

The School of Media, Film, and Journalism offers four majors, one minor, and three graduate degrees.


  • BA in Film Studies and Production[4]
  • BA in Journalism Studies[5]
  • BA in Media Studies[6]
  • BA in Strategic Communication[7]
  • Minor in Film Studies and Production[8]


Notable alumni[edit]

  • Ronnie Cramer - Film Director[11]
  • Blake Foeman - Video Editor, College Game Day, ESPN[12][13]
  • Jim Gray - Sitcom Writer[14]
  • Lisa Ray - NBC Channel 9 Denver, Colorado, video editor and graphics producer

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Rodney Buxton - Director/Producer, "The Age of Chivalry" for A&E/The History Channel (1994)[15]
  • Andrew Matranga - Designed the first Cannabis Journalism course at a US University.[16][17]
  • Lynn Schofield Clark - Author: The Parent App: Understanding Families in a Digital Age, From Angels to Aliens, Religion, Media, and the Marketplace, and Media, Home, and Family[18]
  • Margie Thompson - Journalist, multi-media producer and photographer, Escribana, a women's communications initiative based in Costa Rica.[19]


The University of Denver Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies offers internship programs. Most undergraduate students majoring in Journalism Studies and Strategic Communication are required to complete an internship position to fulfill their graduation requirements. Graduate students in the Media, Film & Journalism Studies department also complete internships as part of coursework in specific majors such as the MA in International &* Intercultural Communication. The department places approximately 200 students a year in internship positions involving media, film, journalism and strategic communication.


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