Undergraduate Major

Communication Studies (BA)

A degree in communication studies will open the door to many different career paths as it provides skills to become an effective communicator in all aspects of your life.

Students in tv studio control room

Program Overview

As a communication studies major, you'll graduate with diverse, sought-after skills that'll prepare you to join an expansive list of fields and industries. While your opportunities can be truly endless, careers may focus in media, business, health care, advertising, public relations, sports broadcasting and communication, journalism, graphic design, event planning, human resources, and the non-profit arena.

Widener's innovative approach to teaching will provide you with countless opportunities to learn industry skills, gain broad theoretical knowledge, and get hands-on experience in all aspects of the communications industry. You'll choose from a variety of concentrations—or create your own! 

  • Advertising & Public Relations
  • Broadcasting/Multimedia Journalism
  • Film Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Care Communication
  • A Personalized Concentration

Faculty mentors will challenge you to think about contemporary ethical dilemmas in society and to gain global experience through study abroad opportunities.

No matter what field you pursue, the skills you acquire as a communications major like strong interpersonal communication, critical thinking, decision-making, writing and research, and persuasive public speaking will help you make a positive contribution to any professional environment.

Program Options

At Widener, you'll focus on your communication studies interests while building a range of powerful, portable skills with internships, research, service-learning, and a network of professionals in your field.

All of our majors complete a core curriculum where they are prepared with foundational knowledge. Students gain real-world experience in their advanced classes as they partner with community partners and clients.

You have the flexibility to choose a specific concentration tailored to your personal interests.  

  • Loading... - Students study strategic communication, social media promotion, event planning, and integrated marketing communication. This concentration is the right fit for students pursuing the creative, written, and strategic side of marketing. Graduates are prepared to work in agency, corporate, non-profit, and creative environments.
  • Loading... - Students are journalistic storytellers. Graduates are prepared to write and edit news, sports, and entertainment stories on multimedia platforms. Students gain experience in front of the camera, on podcasts, and behind-the-scenes. Freedom Hall is home to our state-of-the-art television studio and industry-standard production suites. 
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  • Loading... - Students are trained to understand the evolving priorities in the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare system, and medical organizations. This concentration is ideal for those who have an interest in playing an active professional role in the medical field. Our graduates are prepared to shape the conversation about health, wellness, and access to healthcare.
  • Loading... Graduates with strong written, verbal, interpersonal, visual and technical communication skills are highly desirable in a wide array of professional settings. Students are encouraged to explore all aspects of our dynamic and diverse discipline. Meet with your advisor to discuss an academic plan that celebrates your creativity and passion. This concentration can provide the perfect path to law or graduate school. 

You can join Widener TV, WUCAST radio, and PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) as early as your first week on campus.  

Each student has the opportunity to get involved in various clubs and activities that will help you grow as a leader on campus, in your industry, and in the community. Our faculty inspire each student to achieve personal and professional success.

Our television studio, control room, and editing suites mirror the top technology used in the industry today. If you want to work outside of the studio, the Tricaster allows students to film and live stream from remote locations.

The VFXGreen Screen Room allows for broadcast and film students to create the perfect backdrop for their filming needs. Graphic design students learn how to use interactive graphics as part of production.

After you produce your film or demo reel, watch your work in the Freedom Hall Theater, an 80 seat, 7.1 Surround Sound Theater with stadium seats. Your work will look amazing on the big screen.

Need a camera or lighting kit? Our equipment room is stocked with cameras and equipment that students can reserve for class projects. You'll get to work with high-quality technology and advance your professional skills.

The graphics lab is filled with 20 Mac computers loaded with all the essential software required for your studio courses such as TV Production, Photography, Layout & Design, Interactive Media, Editing Film & Video, Web Development, Visual Effect in TV & Film, and Audio Production. 

Freedom Hall has a number of study rooms and comfortable furniture for your study needs. Students meet in Freedom Hall for quiet study and for collaborative work. Freedom Hall is the gathering place and home away from home for communication students with around the clock swipe-card access.

Communication studies is a natural pairing for visual & performing arts majors. This double major enables students to combine a love of visual art with graphic design.

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Program Highlights

A major in communication studies will put you on the inside track to success with experience in the field, faculty-student mentorship, and knowledge of industry standard equipment. Our graduates are frequent guest speakers and mentor current #WUCOMS students.

Real-World Experience & Capstone Course

You'll have opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to real-world scenarios. Our seniors create communication deliverables for non-profit organizations in the Capstone Course. You can get involved in various clubs and activities that enable you to refine your skills, gain familiarity with industry equipment, and develop confidence in your own abilities.

Meet Your Second Family

Here, you'll find personal connections with faculty and peers through classes and close mentorship. Our small class sizes mean that before long you'll feel like you've found your second family. The #WUCOMS network is strong! Alumni mentor our current students in building their professional network and navigating the path to a rewarding first job. 

Industry Grade Equipment & Facilities

Our professors infuse their teaching with latest trends, technologies, and research. You'll prepare for workplace entry and have the opportunity to learn industry standards in our production facilities: expansive digital television studio, editing suites, and video and audio equipment, plus our graphic design lab. Internships also provide industry experience. 

Communication Studies Advisory Board

Working professionals, established in their fields, provide valuable input to making our curriculum and student experience stronger. These professionals dedicate their time and talent so our students have professional contacts in sports communication and broadcasting, public relations, politics, technology start-up companies, acting, journalism, and corporate communications.

Faculty

Learn from professors whose teaching, leadership, research, and consulting are shaping the communication studies field.

Amy R. Franzini
Associate Professor

"I'm privileged to teach our students at different points throughout their journey. From initial interactions during freshman seminar, providing a preview of the many career paths they may take, to foundational courses where students make the connection between the “why’s” of what they do (theory/research) and the how’s (hands on, production and campaigns courses), and finally applying all that they’ve learned to work for a real client during their Capstone project. It makes my heart smile with pride to watch seniors present their Capstone and reflect on how far they've come through their journey in our program."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

When you graduate, you won't just start your career. You'll continue the work you've been doing all along.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Philadelphia Eagles, 76ers & Flyers
  • Vanguard
  • NFL Films & CBS Sports Network
  • NBC 10
  • Comcast
  • Lincoln Financial
  • AmerisourceBergen
  • QVC
  • The Dow Chemical Company

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • TV news anchor or producer
  • Multimedia journalist
  • Public relations account executive
  • Crisis communication manager
  • Advertising creative director
  • Graphic designer
  • Website manager
  • Sports communication and broadcasting

 

Pride Perspectives

Hear from our students about their experience in the communication studies program.

A graduate poses at the Pride statue in her cap and gown.

On my first day I met with Professor Angie Corbo and within 24 hours she rearranged my schedule and perfectly fit me in to all of the communication and elective classes that I needed to be in. From there, she was my guardian angel.

Diamond Schuler Douyon

Diamond's Story
Jenna Muir in front of brick wall

The Boys & Girls Club of Chester’s story is worth sharing. I am glad I was able to use my senior year at Widener to help tell it.

Jenna Muir

Jenna's Story

To being able to start here, go toward my internships, and then take everything and put it toward a big NFL team, has been phenomenal.

Danielle Cardona

Danielle's Story

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