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Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Department of 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 importance of being an effective communicator, in a diverse marketplace to a variety of audiences, is essential now more than ever. Students in the communication program at Drexel take relevant courses that teach them how to become successful public relations, marketing, social media management, and journalism professionals, among countless other career opportunities. Our curriculum features broad theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience allowing communication students to enter the industry with in-demand skills. The field of communication is constantly evolving, and Drexel students are equipped with the knowledge and experiences to succeed in an ever-changing world.

Learning outcomes

Public Relations (BA) Concentration

The Public Relations concentration prepares students for careers focused on effective communication management on behalf of an organization, person or brand. With a comprehensive curriculum blending theoretical and practical knowledge, the program provides a strong foundation to understand the PR industry and its key players. Students will learn practical skills in areas such as PR writing, PR planning, reputation management and social media communication, and build an acute understanding of the importance of ethical, transparent PR practices as a form of public communication. In conjunction with Drexel’s co-op program, this concentration prepares our students to enter the job market ready to excel as leading PR practitioners.

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Journalism (BA) Concentration

The Journalism concentration provides students with the skills and theoretical perspective needed to succeed as a journalism in today’s swiftly changing media environment. Students will learn how to write, edit, and produce professional content and hone their skills in digital storytelling in partnership with student-run organizations and the Drexel co-op program. Among the courses in the curriculum are Multiplatform Journalism; Investigative Journalism; Copy Editing for the Media; and Sourcing Challenges in Journalism.

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Communication and Media Studies (BA) Concentration – New for fall 2023!

The Communication and Media Studies concentration is a flexible option where students can design an academically rigorous, inclusive program of study around expanding media’s potential to positively transform the self and society. Our students are encouraged to explore widely and do the unconventional, becoming inclusive researchers, and intellectual leaders in all fields of Communication. Programs of study include a range of electives that encourage students to develop their expertise in analysis of media and its impact on society.

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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; The Philadelphia Inquirer; 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 Bachelor of Arts in Communication have many career options:

  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Corporate Communication Specialist
  • Social Media Manager
  • Digital Storyteller
  • Media Analyst
  • 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
Senior Academic Adviser
Disque Hall 109B