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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Communication

What is a Communication 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 OF DREXEL’S COMMUNICATION DEGREE

By the time they complete the communication 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

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, and we aim to prepare you for this as a communications major with a concentration in PR.

The required communications major 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 in its communication major requirements.

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 Communication 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 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.

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

DISCOVER CAREERS WITH A COMMUNICATIONS DEGREE

Students with a Communications degree have many options for careers post-graduation. These careers include positions like:

  • Marketing Communications Specialist
  • Content Writer
  • Internal Communications Manager
  • Political Campaign Coordinator
  • And Many More!

Learn more about job opportunities for students with a communication degree

BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY TO A BACHELOR'S IN COMMUNICATION TODAY

Apply for a degree in communication or visit campus to get firsthand information about a Drexel education. Contact the Department Administrator, Sharon Wallace, at skw@drexel.edu for more information.