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B.A. in Communication Overview

 

Communication is at the heart of our human interaction, and a necessity in an increasingly networked world. The speed at which we connect and the sheer volume of communication made possible every day through advancing technology and innovation is nothing short of revolutionary.

 

Communication is an excellent choice for students skilled at writing, public speaking, performing and fine arts, graphic design, marketing and social media, and offers career possibilities in virtually every industry.

 

Alvernia University's Communication program positions students on the leading edge of theory and practice in this continually evolving field to prepare them to enter tomorrow's workforce. Students may choose one of six tracks to focus their studies to best match their interests.

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

 

Impact

  • 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.

 

Diverse Options & Steady Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in Communication are expected to grow steadily, increasing 4 percent by 2028. It's a promising outlook for those preparing for future careers in this exciting field, such as:

  • 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

 

 


 

Curriculum

To earn the Bachelor of Arts in Communication, students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits, including 48 credits in the major. 

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.

 

Experiential Learning 

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.

Tuition

To determine the cost of this program, please visit our Tuition page.  For a personalized estimate, please contact an admissions counselor at 610-790-8269 or at admissions@alvernia.edu.

Financial Aid

100% of Alvernia students receive some form of scholarship and/or aid. Our admissions counselors can help you identify the aid that is available to you and for your program. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.

Accreditation

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, PhD

English, Communications, CIS Department Co-Chair

Business/Comm. Building, Room 19

610-568-1557

ryan.lange@alvernia.edu

 

Jodi Radosh, PhD

English, Communications, CIS Department Co-Chair

Business/Comm. Building, Room 9

610-796-8419

jodi.radosh@alvernia.edu

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