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Communication Arts / Sociology, Bachelor of Science/ Master of Arts

St. John's University Students
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
College of Professional Studies
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus


In a rapidly changing media landscape, it is important to understand the causes and consequences of human behavior and to be able to collect, analyze, and interpret large sets of data that predict that behavior. The dual B.S./M.A. program in Communication Arts and Sociology will allow you to develop expertise in these areas and complete both degrees in just five years of full-time study.

While still working toward your undergraduate Communication Arts degree, you’ll enroll in four approved graduate courses in Sociology. These courses will still apply to your bachelor’s degree if for any reason you do not wish to continue at the master’s level after four years.

Dean Contacts

Laura Schramm, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate Division
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
[email protected]

Molly Mann, M.L.S.
Assistant Dean, Graduate Division
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
[email protected]

College of Professional Studies
Undergraduate Division


Please see the requirement chart for the academic progression criteria in this dual degree program.

You should apply to the dual B.S/M.A program during the second semester of your sophomore year, in consultation with your undergraduate advisor and the graduate deans. Qualified candidates for the program meet the same entrance requirements for all St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate programs, which include an overall 3.0 undergraduate GPA and a minimum 3.5 GPA in at least four undergraduate courses in Communication Arts. You are expected to maintain grades commensurate with the requirements for entry into this dual degree program while enrolled.

During your fifth year of study, you may qualify for a graduate assistantship.

Career Outcomes

In the dual B.S./M.A. program in Communication Arts and Sociology, you’ll learn both the management, marketing, and business administration aspects of media-related fields, as well as develop the research skills and sociological framework to understand cultural forces at play in these fields. Your dual studies will allow you to analyze and predict how humans interact with various media interfaces, and how to employ media to motivate collective action. The knowledge and skills you’ll gain through the program will allow you to advance in careers related to social and mobile media, media graphics, advertising, radio and television broadcasting, the music industry, public relations, and film.