Communication is critically important in nearly every aspect of society. Communication majors tend to be very curious about the world and what’s happening within it. They are seekers and tellers of information. Students who develop strong skills in the area of communication are valued in the marketplace for their ability to effectively relay messages.

They are recognized for their writing expertise and ability to think critically about a wide range of issues; skills that are vital to areas such as law, government, international relations, health and human services, social services, education, arts, entertainment and speech and language disorders.

The study of communication has never been more important than it is right now. As our world becomes increasingly interconnected and complicated, the ability to effectively express ideas and communicate information is vital.

Majors in communication not only prepare for graduation from Alvernia University, they prepare for life.

Your Career

Communication is a major that prepares students for a variety of careers and opportunities. You might be interested in working in television or for a national magazine. Maybe you’re drawn to theater or film, or want to write for an online news provider. Perhaps you’re thinking about a career in public relations, or would like to write speeches or direct communication for business and political leaders.

Communication is at the core of many jobs and professions, and Alvernia communication graduates work in a variety of fields.

A sampling of employers of Communication Program graduates:

  • CNN Washington Bureau
  • ESPN
  • The Reading Eagle
  • C-SPAN
  • The Learning Channel
  • Reese Advertising
  • The Reading Phillies
  • The Rachael Ray Show
  • Sportsradio 94WIP
  • The American Diabetes Association
  • UGI Utilities
  • Arrow International

For more information about the study of communications and to get an idea of some jobs available in the field, go to the National Communication Association at www.natcom.org.

Some communication students pursue graduate degrees after graduating from Alvernia.

A sampling of graduate schools:

  • Temple University
  • Villanova University
  • The New School
  • The University of Pennsylvania

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

Your Curriculum

All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Between 31 and 55 of those credits will be toward the Liberal Arts Core.

Communication students choose one of six tracks in which to concentrate courses. The tracks are:

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

Courses that all communication majors must complete are:

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

In addition, you’ll need to take 6 credits in Communication electives, 9 credits in English electives and 6 credits in related electives.

To minor in Communication, you’ll need to take 18 credits in Communication and/or English. To minor in Theatre, you’ll need to take 18 credits in related courses.

If you major in Communication, you’ll need to achieve at least a 2.5 GPA in your writing courses, successfully complete an EXCEL course (CIS 105 or CIS 115). You also must contribute for at least one semester to one of the university publications.


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