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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Communication

The ability to communicate clearly and with relevant purpose is an invaluable skill, especially in today’s ever-changing media landscape. As a Communication major, you’ll learn how to package a message in a variety of formats and for any audience.

You’ll gain broad theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience as you work toward a future in public relations, journalism, technical editing, and countless other areas where communication skills are essential.

The major also draws upon other disciplines in the social sciences to strengthen your sensitivity to different experiences and viewpoints, thus preparing you to succeed in a culturally diverse world, where ideas and technology change constantly.

The Communication program offers four distinct concentrations to prepare students for a variety of careers.

Communication Degree Concentrations

Public Relations Concentration (BA/BS)

The concentration in Public Relations covers a broad range of activities that help an organization and its public communicate with one another. The field includes public relations, media relations, event planning, publication design, employee and customer communication, and government relations.

Skills in the field run the gamut from written to spoken to visual communication. A public relations specialist might be called on to write articles for an in-house newsletter, to research and write an annual report to shareholders, to publicize a special event, to write a speech for an executive, to plan a press conference, to develop a media plan for an organization, or to script a video for an employee orientation session.

The required courses for both the Bachelor of Science (BS) and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication: Public Relations are similar; however, the BS requires specific science and math sequences, as well as courses in psychology, history, political science and economics. The BS degree does not require a foreign language component.

The BA in Communication: Public Relations allows for a greater number of humanities electives and slightly more flexibility in choosing electives. The BA degree also requires a foreign language component.

Journalism Concentration (BA)

The concentration in Journalism combines traditional journalism courses with study in areas that expand students’ understanding of the legal, cultural, ethical, and technological issues that confront journalism as an evolving field. The concentration hones students’ ability to write, edit, and produce content across a wide range of media platforms.

Technical and Science Concentration (BS)

In the Technical and Science Communication concentration, students learn to communicate scientific and technical information to various audiences. The program combines courses that develop communication skills with courses that enhance understanding of science and technology.

Graduates find work in a wide range of areas, including technical writing for software or hardware products, proposal and grant writing, and writing in the fields of health, medicine, pharmaceuticals or science.

Communication (BA)

Students who select the general Communication track take courses in all of the existing tracks, as well as other communication courses to prepare them for any communication-related career, or professional post-graduate options.

Learn more about the degree in the Course Catalog

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.

Co-Op Options For Communication Majors:

  • Five Year, 3 Co-op
  • Four year, 1 Co-op
  • Four Year, No Co-op

Learn more about the Co-op Program

Prospective Student Inquiries

Drexel College of Arts and Sciences Director of Recruiting Kelly Schimpf

Kelly Schimpf
Director of Recruitment
College of Arts of Sciences
3250 Chestnut Street
4020 MacAlister Hall