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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Communication

"My co-op abroad opened my eyes to the fact that Hong Kong is a place I could see myself living and working."

Kathy Chen

BS Communication +
MS Communication, Culture & Media '18

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What is a communications major?

The ability to communicate clearly, ethically and with relevant purpose is an invaluable skill, especially in today’s ever-changing media landscape. As you pursue a bachelor’s degree in communications, you’ll learn how to develop and deliver a message in a variety of formats to a wide range of audiences.

Whether you pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Communication or a Bachelor of Science in Communication, you’ll gain broad theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience as you work toward a future in public relations, journalism, technical writing, and countless other areas in which communication skills are essential. The field of communication is rapidly growing, and Drexel students are prepared to lead the charge and succeed in a culturally diverse world where ideas and technology change constantly.

Learning outcomes

By the time they complete the major curriculum, Drexel communication graduates are able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how communication is central to the human experience
  • Clearly and effectively develop, express and defend their ideas in various communication formats
  • Understand and apply major communication concepts and theories in the production of messages
  • Interpret the impact that changes in technology have on thinking, learning, remembering and creating
  • Demonstrate expertise in a variety of research methods; locate, review, and evaluate existing literature; and develop and conduct original research
  • Appreciate the vital role of media and communication in sustaining democracy and an informed citizenry
  • Integrate awareness of diverse audiences, cultures, and contexts into the practice of communication
  • Engage in ethical communication behavior; be conversant in relevant codes of conduct



Drexel University’s nationally recognized cooperative education program (co-op) combines periods of full-time professional employment with periods of academic study for the communications degree. The Drexel Co-op program allows students to work for up to three, six-month periods 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.

Options for Communication majors:

  • Five Year, three Co-op
  • Four year, one Co-op
  • Four Year, no Co-op

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Communication Student Stories

"There is tremendous value in taking classes outside of your program to diversify your skill set."

Ashley Flear

BS Communication '18, MS Communication '19

"I landed an amazing opportunity at Fox 29 studios in Philadelphia, working on one of their shows called 'The Q.'"

Shana Joseph

BA/MS Communication '19

"Drexel pushes you to be the best that you can be... I love that about this university."

Hana Graybill

BA Communication '21

Meet More Communication Students and Alumni


Students with a Communication degree have many options for careers post-graduation, including:

  • Marketing Communications Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Political Campaign Coordinator
  • Copywriter

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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.

Prospective Students

Please email or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

Undergraduate Advising

Florette Press

Florette Press
Academic Adviser
3201 Arch Street, 147

Jenna Gregory

Jenna Gregory
Academic Adviser
4020 MacAlister