The Harrington is one of America’s leading schools of communication and media with a global impact.
With programs and concentrations in communication studies, digital media, film/media, multimedia journalism, public relations, sports media, writing and rhetoric, and library and information studies, we provide you with an innovative, interdisciplinary learning experience featuring flexible programs of study, high-profile internships, and study abroad opportunities around the world. Our graduates are prepared to become 21st-century communication professionals because they are equipped with the fundamental skills and abilities needed to adapt to an ever-changing communication and media landscape.
Our students emerge as communication leaders with expertise in traditional communication skills like public speaking and writing in electronic environments, and advanced training in digital and social media, including the use of state-of-the-art video and audio production equipment, software, and facilities. As a Harrington School graduate, you will be skilled in critically evaluating and strategically producing information, messages, and media by using and improving communication theories, multimedia platforms, and traditional and cutting-edge technology.
You will also be ready to transition from the academic to the professional world because you will have established strong professional contacts through a variety of settings, from internships you have completed, mentoring relationships you have forged, study abroad experiences you have had, and career preparation workshops you have participated in throughout your time in the Harrington School of Communication and Media. Throughout your studies, we emphasize experienced-based learning and professional development opportunities.
Although several of our academic programs have a long history of excellence dating back to the early 20th century, the Harrington School was officially established in 2008 through a transformational, multi-million-dollar gift from Richard J. Harrington, former president and chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters Corporation, and a 1973 College of Business Administration graduate of URI, along with his wife, Jean. It is the Harringtons’s vision and ours to create a dynamic, forward-thinking school of communication and media that prepares students for our rapidly evolving and increasingly globalized communication ecosystem.