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Department of Communication

Communication major Kiara Santos takes the helm of The Triangle, Drexel's independent student newspaper.

Communication major Kiara Santos takes the helm of The Triangle, Drexel's independent student newspaper.

Drexel University’s Communication programs provide broad theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience for countless careers in which communication skills are essential. Our graduates develop the foundational skills, industry connections and practical experience to position themselves at the forefront of the rapidly changing field of communication.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) – Concentrations

The bachelor of arts (BA) degree in Communication at the Drexel College of Arts and Sciences offer broad theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience in public relations, journalism, technical editing, and countless other areas where communication studies are essential. The programs draw upon other disciplines in the social sciences to strengthen students’ sensitivity to different experiences and viewpoints, preparing them to succeed in a culturally diverse world, where ideas and technology change constantly.

The BA in Communication degree program offers three different concentrations:

  • Public Relations (BA)

    The Public Relations concentration covers a broad range of activities that help an organization and its publics communicate effectively using the power of PR to generate third-party influence. The curriculum includes PR writing, social media, crisis management, event planning, media relations, corporate, employee and customer communications. Students in the Public Relations concentration at Drexel are prepared to succeed in a world where hard-earned credibility is paramount.

  • Journalism (BA)

    The Journalism concentration provides students with the skills and theoretical perspective they need to be a journalist in today’s swiftly changing media environment. An extension of the program's core curriculum, the concentration hones the student's ability to write, edit and produce professional content, while at the same time exposing the student to new and evolving aspects of the field. Among the courses in the curriculum are Investigative Journalism; Sports Journalism; Journalism, the Courts and the Law; Media Ethics; Digital Publishing and Social Media.

  • Communication (BA)

    The Communication concentration allows students flexibility within the communication major. This is particularly attractive for students who have an interest in communication but are not sure what area they want to pursue. Students will take all of the basic courses within the curriculum, while also having the opportunity to explore the range of offerings within our major and develop their own interests within the communication field.

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Accelerated Degree in Strategic & Digital Communication (BA + MS)

The accelerated degree in Communication (BA) and Strategic & Digital Communication (MS) allows academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor's and a master's degree (two diplomas are awarded) in five years, saving a year of time by "accelerating" their undergraduate courses.

Eligible students can be admitted to the accelerated degree in Communication (BA/BS + MS) program in one of two ways: as an incoming freshman, or after completing a minimum of 90 credits but no more than 120 credits.

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Communication Minor

The Minor in Communication equips students with skills that can easily be applied in any field they choose. Students can blend their interests by achieving a minor while completing their other degree requirements. The minor is designed to familiarize students with communication theory while providing training in print and electronic communication skills.

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Linguistics Minor

Linguistics, the study of language, is central to human communication. Linguists study language form, meaning and context, especially by observing and analyzing human communication in its many spoken and written varieties. A knowledge of linguistics is the basis for studies in language diversity and communicative competence, the psychology of language, educational aspects of language that affect learners and classrooms, the formal logic and languages of philosophy and computer science, and the biological science of speech pathology. As a minor at Drexel, linguistics helps you develop both a desirable set of skills in communicating with diverse speakers on co-op and an academic profile that will set you apart from other applicants for work, study, scholarship opportunities, and graduate study.

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Nonprofit Communication Minor

The minor in Nonprofit Communication provides communication theory and practice with skills training specific to the nonprofit sector. In addition to conventional coursework, this minor includes a practicum with a local nonprofit organization.

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Graduate Certificate in Public Relations – Online

Drexel University’s online Graduate Certificate in Public Relations (PR) focuses on the basic building blocks PR professionals need. Courses cover the foundations of public relations, PR writing, PR planning, and strategic social media communication. Whether you’re new to the public relations field, are trying to expand your knowledge of PR, or find yourself needing additional PR training in your current position, this certificate will help you build a strong public relations foundation.

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Master of Science in Strategic and Digital Communication (MS-SDC)

Drexel's Master of Science in Strategic and Digital Communication (MS-SDC) degree program provides an outstanding foundation for communication careers. The program prepares you to succeed in various media environments and platforms, as well as in communication contexts that are characterized by advanced digitization. The swift advance of digitization is being felt in nearly all disciplines and industries, and perhaps nowhere as robustly as the field of communications. Organizations in the private, public and nonprofit sectors are seeking talented professionals with a firm grasp of communicating in the digital age.

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Master of Science in Communication, Culture and Media (MS)

The Master’s Program (MS) in Communication, Culture & Media is a great choice for academically oriented students who wish to learn the basics of research and theory in communication and media studies. This program is great whether you are looking to simply test the waters for further study or you intend to explore a personal fascination with mass media, mediated communication, cultural studies, social change and media. The program also encourages interdisciplinary approaches to the study of communication and media through faculty strengths in anthropology, communication, linguistics and sociology.

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Doctoral Degree in Communication, Culture and Media (PhD)

The PhD in Communication, Culture and Media is designed to develop innovative scholar/teachers who are able to impart theories and studies on the interaction of social forces and communication. The communication master’s program trains researchers in both quantitative and qualitative approaches to communication.

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Begin Your Journey Today

We invite you to get firsthand information about a Drexel education – apply for a degree in communication or visit campus. Contact the Department of Communication Administrator, Sharon Wallace, at for more information.