Sports Media and Communications Track

The Sports Media and Communications track is a specialized series of courses for graduate students interested in sports media.

The Newhouse School is the proud alma mater of many of the top people in all areas of sports media. To foster the school’s strength in sports communications, we developed the Sports Media and Communications Track (SMC), a specialized track for graduate students in broadcast and digital journalism; magazine, news and digital journalism; and television, radio and film.


As a graduate student in SMC, you complete the required coursework for your degree plus additional required and elective classes in sports communications. These include:

Your SMC classroom experiences will be enhanced by numerous speakers and guest lectures from leaders in sports communications, on-campus opportunities with Syracuse Athletics, ACC Network, CitrusTV, the Daily Orange and several radio stations as well alumni connections and career opportunities.

If you want to be part of the Sports Media and Communications Track, indicate your interest on your application for admission to the master’s program.

Olivia Stomski oversees the SMC and is director of the Newhouse Sports Media Center.

Financial and Investor Communications Emphasis

Financial communications is one of the fastest-growing communications specializations.

The Newhouse School’s Financial and Investor Communications Emphasis prepares students for communications careers in the financial sector, including financial services, investor relations or corporate communications. Through specialized coursework and experience, students learn how to effectively communicate the valuation, business and financial story of a company to members of the Wall Street community, including the news media, financial analysts and shareholders.

The program is open to all Newhouse students who have declared a dual major or minor in finance in the Whitman School of Management. Students majoring in public relations, broadcast and digital journalism, magazine or newspaper and online journalism are particularly well-suited for the program.

The program is also open to Whitman School students wishing to take public relations or journalism courses in the Newhouse School, and students from the College of Arts and Sciences who are majoring in economics, mathematics or related fields and who have taken at least one public relations or journalism course. Graduate students who have taken finance or economic courses at the undergraduate level may also be eligible.


Select three additional electives from the following list:

For more information about the emphasis or to pre-register, contact Anthony D’Angelo or email your name, year and major to

Fashion and Beauty Communications Milestone

The fashion and beauty communications milestone prepares students from Newhouse and the College of Visual and Performing Arts to become either mass media or fashion design specialists.

The Sequence

The Fashion & Beauty Communications Milestone is a sequence of courses designed for Syracuse University students studying at the Newhouse School and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The milestone recognizes the tremendous cultural force of fashion and offers students a rigorous, cross-disciplinary concentration of study that provides them with an expertise in fashion and beauty communications. Syracuse University is uniquely qualified to deliver this specialized concentration given the national reputations of the Newhouse School and the Visual and Performing Arts’ Fashion Design program.

The Collaboration

This collaboration between two professional schools provides a unique and important educational opportunity. As majors in their respective programs, milestone students become either mass-media or fashion design specialists. This experience also allows students to build on a common area of interest—fashion and beauty communications—and gain access to coursework, professors and students beyond their home school and to apply what they have learned to another field of study. Milestone students use required electives efficiently and effectively, securing expertise and experience in another subject and at another school.

The Coursework

The professionally focused experience features five required courses that explore the fashion and beauty industries from a variety of perspectives. To that end, the milestone covers the history of fashion; contemporary fashion as it relates to popular culture; beauty and diversity in fashion media; visual communications theory and practice; fashion and beauty advertising and promotion; fashion photography; fashion and beauty journalism; and a variety of digitally focused classes.

Classes aren’t listed online because they change each semester and students have several classes to choose from within the curriculum. But one fixed offering in the sequence is Beauty & Diversity in Media, a three-credit class that explores issues, controversies, and ideas surrounding diversity and that encourages students to think critically about beauty ideals. Classes that have been offered in the past include:

The Distinction

Over the course of two or three years, students earn a milestone distinction in Fashion and Beauty Communications in addition to earning their current Newhouse or fashion design major and respective minor. Students use their elective credits to complete the required courses for the milestone. Please note: This is not a minor, and as such, it does not appear on a student’s transcript. However, students are encouraged to tout this designation on their résumés and to use the experiences and opportunities featured in the sequence to demonstrate their expertise in interviews and job applications. In addition to the required classes, students must finish a final practicum that draws upon the knowledge and experience from their classes toward the creation of a final project that students can use as part of a portfolio. In addition, the sequence features a range of professional opportunities, including benchmark trips, guest speakers, internships and study-abroad programs.

The Practicum

As one of the final requirements to complete the sequence, students gain professional experience by completing a practicum. Examples of past practicums include fashion production opportunities, coordinating the fashion film series, planning guest speakers, multi-platform publications, fashion communications-based internships, research papers and gallery exhibit planning.

Students may submit their practicum proposals using this online form.

Students may submit their completed practicum using this online form.

Summary of Requirements

To complete this sequence, students are required to complete five classes from the approved list designed for Fashion and Beauty Communications, one final practicum project and must attend all milestone events to stay active in the sequence. We recommend that interested students meet with their academic recorder prior to applying to ensure that our sequence fits with their current academic plans.

The Application Process

Applications typically are accepted once each semester—late September/early October for fall admission (open to sophomores only) and the month of February for spring admission for freshmen and sophomores.

Interested students may email for more information.


The Fashion and Beauty Communications Milestone is co-directed by:

Melissa Chessher of the Newhouse School and Jeffrey Mayer of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Academic coordinator is Jessica Del Fuoco, of the Newhouse School.