The Communication Department offers a strong and varied major for students interested in careers in communication, journalism, multimedia, and secondary education.
Students develop the ability to think clearly, interpret data, and communicate results using a variety of media. These skills are essential for other fields including business management and marketing.
Communication majors have the opportunity to take literature courses in addition to communication courses because the richness of insight and quality of literary writing may serve as inspiration and models for the students' own thought and writing.
An extensive internship and co-op program encourages all students to work during several semesters or summers at the many communication organizations in the Philadelphia area. Students have worked at newspapers, radio and television stations, theaters, ad agencies, and companies seeking well-prepared writers in public relations, advertising, and technical writing.
Students may be certified in secondary education and prepared to teach in high school or may choose to go on to graduate or law school.
*MINOR: The Communication program offers a minor in communication made up of 18 credits of communication courses. Students wishing to minor in communication are encouraged to consult the department to design a program.
Communication Professional Development Program: In addition to course requirements, students in the department are expected to fulﬁll the requirements of the Department’s Professional Development Program. This four-year program provides majors with individualized career guidance and sets career development goals for each year. All majors are required to register for COM 103 both semesters in their ﬁrst year, COM 203 both semesters sophomore year, COM 303 both semesters junior year and COM 403 both semesters senior year. The program is fully explained online in BBVista for COM 103, 203, 303, and 403.
Cooperative Education and Internship: Three credits of cooperative education or internship may be applied toward fulfilling major requirements in communication.
ConcentrationsStudents should study the available concentrations to aid them in selecting courses.
Special RequirementsA QPA of 2.33 is required in communication for the major or minor. No course with a grade of 'D+' or lower is counted toward the major.