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What can I do with a major in Communications?

A communications degree is widely recognized as the backbone of a wide variety of fields. In addition to the traditional arenas of business application and media, the skills developed in a communication major are now viewed as vital in law, government, international relations, health and human and social services, education, speech and language disorders, arts and entertainment and information sciences.

Alvernia offers a major in communication that includes a broad spectrum of courses encompassing journalism, speech, film, and functional and creative writing for various media applications. Courses are structured to strengthen and develop practical experience in media-related fields through internships with local businesses, advertising agencies, and television and radio stations. English and communication courses may be selected to fulfill liberal arts core requirements.

Strategies

• Join the campus yearbook, newspaper, or literary journal staff
• Obtain internship at advertising agency, in sales, or other area of interest
• Compile portfolio of writings
• Enhance computer skills
• Strengthen communication skills
• Join debating team
• Volunteer for political campaign
• Volunteer as a fundraiser for an organization
• Participate in theatrical, dramatic productions
• Host or coordinate an event
• Work or volunteer as an announcer for local radio or television station
• Run for office on campus
• Enhance public speaking ability
• Work as a telemarketer



Career Titles

Account Executive
Actor/Actress
Actor Agent
Administrator
Advertising Executive
Advertising Copywriter
Advertising Manager
Advertising Worker
Announcer
Arbitrator
Artistic Agent
Auctioneer
Audio/Visual Librarian
Audio/Visual Specialist
Audiologist
Bank Officer
Broadcast Advertising
Broadcaster
Broadcast Technician
Camp Counselor
Campaign Officer/Manager
Career Agent
Casting Agent
Claims Adjuster
Comedy Writer
Columnist
Commentator
Communications Lawyer
Community Action Director
Community Affairs Liaison
Consumer Advocate
Consumer Affairs Specialist
Contestant Coordinator
Copywriter
Corporate Com Director
Counselor
Creative Director
Credit Manager
Customer Service Rep
Development Officer
Development Officer
Director- Film, Theatre
Disc Jockey
Documentarian
Drama Director
Editor
Editorial Assistant
Educational Consultant
Educational Spokesperson
Educational Tester
Elected Official
Electronic Publications
Events Planner
Fashion Merchandiser
Film/Tape Librarian

Flight Attendant
Foreign Service Officer
Fund Raiser
Government Advisor
Government Relations
Graphic Artist
Greeting Card Writer
Guidance Counselor
Health Services Hospitality Manger
Hotel Manager
Human Resources
Industrial Relations
Information Public Officer
Instructional Programmer
Insurance Broker
Interviewer
Journalist
Lawyer
Lecturer
Legal Assistant
Legislative Aide
Lighting Technician
Literary Agent
Lobbyist
Management Analyst
Market Research Analyst
Media Buyer
Media Manage Research
Media Manager
Media Relations Coordinator 
Media Specialist
Mediator
Minister/Priest/Rabbi
Motivational Speaker
Museum Director/Educator
Music Director
Narrator
Negotiator
News Photographer
News Writer/Editor
Online Content Developer
Paralegal
Paralegal Assistant
Personnel Specialist
Photographer
Photojournalist
Planning Director
Political Aide
Political Scientist
Presenter
Press Secretary
Print Production
Probation Officer
Producer- TV, Theatre

Production Assistant
Promotions Manager
Proofreader
PSA Director
Public Administrator
Public Information Officer
Public Opinion Researcher
Public Relations Assistant
Public Relations Officer
Public Relations Specialist
Publicity Agent
Publisher
Radio/TV Announcer
Reader
Real Estate Agent
Receptionist
Recreation Coordinator
Recreation Manager
Recruiter
Reporter/Journalist
Research Library Tech
Restaurant Manager
Retail Manager
Sales Manager
Sales Representative
School Counselor
Script Writer
Service Representative
Social Services Admin
Social Worker
Special Events Coordinator
Speech Pathologist
Speech Writer
Sports Promoter
Sportscaster
Talent Agent/Representative
Talk Show Host
Teacher
Technical Writer
Telemarketer
Telemarketing
Television Director
Television Regulator
Tourism Information Technician
Traffic Manager
Training Specialist
Translator
Travel Agent
TV Engineer
TV News Anchor
Video Engineer
Video Programmer
Writer/Author
Youth Worker



Professional Organizations

National Association of Broadcasters
1771 N St., NW
Washington, DC 20036

The Association for Women in Communication
337 Duke Street
Arlington, VA 22314
 
The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 300
Princeton, NJ 08543

International Communication Association
1500 21st Street, N.W.
Washington, DC  20036

Public Relations Society of America
33 Maiden Lane, 11th Fl.
New York, NY  10038-5150
 
Radio-Television News Directors Association
The National Press Building
529 14th Street, NW, Suite 1240
Washington, DC 20045

Society for Human Resource Management
1800 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA  22314

Society for Technical Communication
9401 Lee Highway, Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22031

Web sites

American Advertising Federation
American Communications Association
Business Communication Online Resources
Film and Video Resources Journalism Jobs
International Film and Television Production Directory
Investigative Reporters & Editors
Public Relations Society of America
Society for Human Resource Management
Telecommunications Virtual Library
Training & Development Resource Center
TV Jobs: Broadcast Employment Services
 

Contact Information

 

Career Development Office:
400 St. Bernadine St.
Bernardine Hall, Suite 103
Reading, PA  19607
Phone: 610-796-8225
Fax: 610-790-1968

Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Evening hours by appointment.

Email: career.development@alvernia.edu




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