Communication Studies

Are you planning for a future in the ever-widening world of media and messages?  Then our communications studies major is the program for you.

You'll explore the impact of mass-mediated communication, examining traditional media (TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines) as well as new forms of online and social network media (blogs, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube). 

You can choose from among six concentrations:

  • Broadcasting
  • Graphic Design
  • Film Studies
  • Public Relations/Advertising
  • Leadership Communication
  • Multimedia Journalism

The program is flexible depending on your desired career. And our Office of Career Services and faculty members work with you to find appropriate internships relevant to your interests and career direction. Some of the courses you might take include: Public Speaking and Presentation, Media, Law and Ethics, Advertising Campaigns, Web Design, Broadcast News Production, Directing Film and Video, Digital Photography, and Screen Writing.

By the time you graduate, you'll team-up with your classmates on real-life agency work, creating documentaries, public service announcements and a variety of public relations campaigns for local business and nonprofit clients. 

After graduation you could be on your way to a career in advertising, public relations, broadcasting, film studies, graphic design, or journalism. 

Real-World Success

If you are interested in pursuing a career in media – whether that's television, film, graphics, advertising or PR – you should definitely consider Widener as one of your top choices. I did, and I'm pursuing my dream here in the Big Apple. — Rachel Chizmadia, '08, Graphics Manager for CBS Sports Network, New York 

The Widener Communications Studies program allows you to push your limits. The program offers real-life opportunities. The major paved my way to start my career at one of the most awarded advertising agencies in New York.  — Lindsay Brady, '08, Interactive Producer, Big Spaceship, New York.