Communication is the fundamental building lock of human interaction. It is also the core of many careers and professions. The ability to express ideas and communicate clerly is vital to successful interacitons in business, government, health, entertainment, media, education, arts - practically any human endeavor.

Students majoring in Communication at Alvernia University are curious about their world and what's happening within it. They are seekers and tellers of information. By developing their skills and insights, and by learning to apply the evolving tools cutting-edge communication, they become valued in the marketplace for their ability to convey concepts, relay messages and transmit meaning.


  • Learning to think critically, write unambiguously and persuade convincingly prepares students to leverage the potential of human interaction in an increasingly interconnected world.

  • Exploring broad-spectrum concepts related to communication provides flexibility in pursuing professional careers in an exceptionally wide range of fields and disciplines.

  • Developing practical experience through internships introduces students to industries and careers with opportunities to engage their communication skills.

  • Applying Franciscan values of justice and ethical service helps develop communication practitioners who champion honesty, fairness and human dignity.


Communication is an especially flexible major that can prepare students for exciting careers in a variety of industries:

  • Television, Radio and Online Media
  • News Networks, Newspapers and Magazines
  • Social Media
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Film and Theater
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Speech writing
  • Law, Government and Politics
  • Business and Trade Organizations
  • Nonprofit and Social Services Organizations

Employment of media and communication occupations is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, Demand for media and communication occupations is expected to arise form the need to create, edit, translate and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms. [source:https://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/home.htm]


    Communication students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor's degree, including 48 credits in the major. Students select one of six tracks to concentrate their studies on a particular field of interest. The tracks are:

    • Stratetic Communications
    • Film, Culture and the Creative Arts
    • Journalism
    • Media Design and Production
    • Public Relations and Advertising
    • Theatre Studies

    Required COurses

    COM 103 - Fundamentals of Speech
    COM 122 - Mass Media: Theory and Application
    COM 131 - Writing for the Media
    COM 260 Digital Storytelling
    COM 420 - Law and Ethics of Mass Communication
    COM 480 – Research Seminar OR
    COM 481 – Internship

    Additional Courses
    In addition to required courses, Communication majors must complete 6 credits in Communication electives, 9 credits in English electives and 6 credits in related electives.

    All Alvernia students must also complete the liberal arts core and community service hours to qualify for graduation.

    Special Responsibilities
    Communication majors must achieve at least a 2.5 GPA in writing courses, successfully complete an Microsoft Excel course (CIS 105 or CIS 115), and contribute to one of the university publications for one or more semesters.

    Communication Minors
    To minor in Communication, students must complete 18 credits in Communication and/or English. To minor in Theatre, students must complete 18 credits in related courses.

    Real-World Experiences

    Through internships, students have opportunities to apply theories and knowledge learned in the classroom in a variety of professional settings. In addition to providing exposure to the activities and expectations of a real-world workplace, internship experiences help students develop their network of professional contacts.


    All programs offered by Alvernia University are approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

    Learn More

    For more information about Alvernia’s Communication Program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu, or reach out directly to:

    Ryan Lange, Ph.D.
    English, Communications, CIS Department Co-Chair
    Business/Comm. Building, Room 19

    Jodi Radosh, Ph.D.
    English, Communications, CIS Department Co-Chair
    Business/Comm. Building, Room 9