College of Arts & Sciences
- Social Sciences Division
- Kapelski Learning Center, Room 226
- tel: 610-499-4365
- fax: 610-499-4603
Amy Franzini, PhD
- Chair & Director, Communication Studies
- Freedom Hall, Room 220
- tel: 610-499-4637
Experiential Learning, Communication Studies
Students in the communication studies program gain not only a theoretical foundation in communication, but also numerous opportunities to work hands-on with industry-standard equipment and software to produce creative solutions for real-world clients.
Students can gain experience locally and internationally and leave Widener poised to excel in the communications industry.
Students are encouraged to explore internships. Interns work with almost all of the Philadelphia professional sports teams, with hospitals and nonprofit agencies, and in Widener’s University Relations department, which is responsible for communications and marketing for the university. Students have held internships in Philadelphia, New York City, and Los Angeles, at locations ranging from television stations to film studios. Students can take up to two internships for credit.
Many communication studies courses are service-learning courses, which means they include an element of service to the community. Communication studies and service learning work well together in that there is never a shortage of nonprofit organizations in need of communication work such as website design, promotional materials, and video production. Some service-learning opportunities are also cross-disciplinary; see how our students collaborated with physical therapy students to create training videos for orphanages in China.
Students are encouraged to save examples of the professional-level work they perform in classes. When they graduate, they leave with an impressive portfolio showcasing their skills. Depending on a student’s concentration, his or her portfolio might be a production reel showcasing on-air talent, or an interactive website highlighting graphic design skills, or even a more traditional portfolio of advertising and PR clippings. Students leave Widener with a tangible competitive edge.
Would you like to study abroad in London or Rome? Westminster University, Harrow Campus, in London and John Cabot University in Rome offer courses in both programs that support general education requirements and free electives. Certain courses require portfolio pieces to be submitted in advance, so it is recommended that students participate in the study abroad program anytime from the second semester of their sophomore year up until their senior capstone year. See photos of students studying abroad.