The ability to communicate clearly and with relevant purpose is an invaluable skill, especially in today’s ever-changing media landscape. Students in Drexel’s Department of Communication gain broad theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience as they work toward a future in marketing, journalism, technical editing, and countless other areas in which communication skills are essential.
The Communication program draws upon the disciplines of anthropology and sociology to strengthen students’ cultural awareness, thus preparing them to succeed in the global economy, where ideas and technology change constantly.
The Communication program offers three distinct concentrations to prepare students for a variety of careers; Public Relations, Journalism, and Technical and Science Communication. Students in all concentrations gain hands-on work experience in Drexel’s renowned cooperative education (co-op) program.
At the graduate level, the Department of Communication offers a Master of Science in Communication as well as a Doctoral Degree in Communication, Culture and Media. The MS in Communication includes four areas of specialization: Public Communication, Technical Communication, Science Communication and Communication, Culture and Media.
Graduates of Drexel’s Bachelor's and Master's in Communication programs enjoy successful careers in print and broadcast journalism, public relations, media relations, corporate communications and many other areas. Most have gone on to work for regional and national corporations. For others, the flexible degree has been the springboard to top graduate communication programs and business and law schools.
The Drexel Co-op
Drexel University’s nationally recognized cooperative education program (co-op) combines periods of full-time professional employment with periods of academic study. The Drexel Co-op program allows students to work for six months at companies or media outlets where they can apply their coursework and gain hands-on experience in their prospective careers.
Students in all concentrations conduct co-ops with industry leaders in a wide variety of fields. In the past, Communication majors have completed co-ops with Comcast; the Philadelphia Flyers, Eagles and 76ers; Exelon Corporation; GlaxoSmithKline; a number of TV stations, newspapers and magazines; and many other businesses and organizations.
Student & Professional Organizations
- Drexel Edits: Provides editing and proofreading services to community non-profits. Contact: Lawrence Souder at email@example.com.
- PRSSA: Drexel chapter of PRSA and student-run PR firm (33rd Street PR). Contact: Alexander Nikolaev at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Media Studies Club: Discussion group on impact of media on society. Contact: Devon Powers at email@example.com.