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 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.
Requirements for the Major in Communication
(all courses 3 credits unless noted)
- COM 101 - Introduction to Media Communication
- COM 472 - Senior Convergence: Media for Social Justice
COM 474 and 475 - Senior Honors Convergence Sequence
- Communications Electives (24–27 credits)
- COM 487 - Career Preparation and Job-Search Techniques
- COM 103, 203, 303, 403 - Professional Development Program (4 credits)
- Electives, selected from any departments (20–36 credits)
Total Credits for Major: 40
Internship: Three credits of internship may be applied toward fulfilling major requirements in communication.
- QPA of 2.33 required in communication
- No course with a grade of 'D+' or lower is counted toward the major.
Communication majors will:
- achieve the ability to communicate in multiple media (Multimedia Learning)
- promote understanding, compassion, and action for the common good through their media creations (Social Justice Learning)
- articulate their transferable and professional skills, supported by examples of their attainment (Professional Skills Learning)
- attain a superior level of competency in written communication (Writing Learning)
- achieve competency in Communication Project Management (Project Management Learning)