Communication

Major: Communication
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 09.0401; 09.0900; 09.0908; 09.9999; 09.0199
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
11-2011; 11-2031; 27-3022; 27-3041; 27-3042; 27-3043

About the Program

The Department of Communication is committed to helping students become broadly educated and professionally competent communicators. Students are exposed to a variety of media and are guided in the development of their interpretive and expressive skills.

Students may complete the BS in Communication with a concentration in public relations or technical and science communication. Those who want to keep their options open may concentrate in communication.

The Department also offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication.

All communication majors take a common core of courses that emphasize communication theory and methods. Students in the BS program take a lab science sequence and a math analysis sequence, which includes some calculus. Students in the public relations concentration take courses and pursue careers in public relations, event planning, media relations, social media, and corporate communication. Those who choose the technical and science communication concentration go on to work in technical writing, science writing, publishing, and software and hardware documentation. Students in the communication concentration have the flexibility of crafting their path through the major and thus have career possibilities in any of the areas listed here. Many communication graduates also go on to law school, business school, or graduate school.

Additional Information

If you would like to learn more about the Department of Communication, please visit the Department of Communication website.

Degree Requirements: Communication Concentration (BS)

Students who select the communication concentration take courses in all of the existing concentrations, as well as other communication courses to prepare them for any communication-related career, or professional post-graduate options.

General Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement *1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience *1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers *1.0
Humanities and fine arts 12.0
Social sciences9.0
International studies 6.0
Studies in diversity6.0
Select one of the following Science Sequences:8.0
Biology Sequence
Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory
Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
Chemistry Sequence
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Physics Sequence
General Physics I
General Physics II
Select one of the following Mathematics Sequences:8.0
Analysis Sequence
Introduction to Analysis I
Introduction to Analysis II
Calculus Sequence
Calculus I
Calculus II
Communication Core Requirements
Theory Sequence
COM 101Human Communication3.0
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
COM 210Theory and Models of Communication3.0
COM 400Seminar in Communication3.0
LING 101Introduction to Linguistics3.0
or LING 102 Language and Society
Methods Sequence
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
COM 221Quantitative Research Methods in Communication3.0
Additional Core Requirements
COM 222Interpersonal Communication3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COM 240New Technologies In Communication3.0
COM 247Social Media in Communication3.0
COM 491Senior Project in Communication I3.0
COM 492Senior Project in Communication II3.0
PHIL 305Ethics and the Media3.0
Additional Breadth in COM
COM 160Introduction to Journalism3.0
COM 181Public Relations Principles and Theory3.0
COM 261Advanced Journalism3.0
or COM 282 Public Relations Writing
COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication3.0
Two additional COM classes at 300 level or higher6.0
Additional Electives
COM electives28.0
Free electives28.0
Total Credits180.0

Sample Plan of Study: Communication Concentration (BS)

Term 1Credits
COM 101Human Communication3.0
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
ENGL 101
or 111
Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
English Composition I
3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
Math sequence course 1*4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102
or 112
Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing
English Composition II
3.0
COM 181
or 160
Public Relations Principles and Theory
Introduction to Journalism
3.0
Math sequence course 2*4.0
Social science elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 3
COM 160
or 181
Introduction to Journalism
Public Relations Principles and Theory
3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
ENGL 103
or 113
Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres
English Composition III
3.0
Humanities elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 4
COM 210Theory and Models of Communication3.0
COM 222Interpersonal Communication3.0
Science sequence course 1*4.0
Free elective4.0
Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 5
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
COM 247Social Media in Communication3.0
LING 101
or 102
Introduction to Linguistics
Language and Society
3.0
Science sequence course 2*4.0
COM elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
COM 221Quantitative Research Methods in Communication3.0
COM 261
or 282 [WI]
Advanced Journalism
Public Relations Writing
3.0
COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication3.0
COM elective3.0
Free elective3.0
International or diversity elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 7
PHIL 305Ethics and the Media3.0
COM electives6.0
Free elective3.0
International or diversity elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
COM 240New Technologies In Communication3.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
COM electives6.0
Humanities elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
COM elective (above 300 level)3.0
Free elective3.0
Social science elective3.0
International or diversity elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 10
COM 400Seminar in Communication3.0
Communication elective (above 300 level)3.0
International or diversity elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 11
COM 491Senior Project in Communication I3.0
COM elective3.0
Humanities elective3.0
Social science elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
COM 492Senior Project in Communication II3.0
COM electives7.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 180.0

Degree Requirements: Public Relations Concentration (BS)

General Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement *1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience *1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers *1.0
Humanities and fine arts12.0
Social sciences9.0
International studies 6.0
Studies in diversity6.0
Select one of the following Science Sequences:8.0
Biology Sequence
Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory
Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
Chemistry Sequence
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Physics Sequence
General Physics I
General Physics II
Select one of the following Mathematics Sequences8.0
Analysis Sequence
Introduction to Analysis I
Introduction to Analysis II
Calculus Sequence
Calculus I
Calculus II
Communication Core Requirements
Theory Sequence
COM 101Human Communication3.0
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
COM 210Theory and Models of Communication3.0
COM 400Seminar in Communication3.0
LING 101Introduction to Linguistics3.0
or LING 102 Language and Society
Methods Sequence
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
COM 284Public Relations Research, Measurement and Evaluation3.0
Additional Core Requirements
COM 222Interpersonal Communication3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COM 240New Technologies In Communication3.0
COM 247Social Media in Communication3.0
COM 491Senior Project in Communication I3.0
COM 492Senior Project in Communication II3.0
PHIL 305Ethics and the Media3.0
Public Relations Concentration Requirements
COM 160Introduction to Journalism3.0
COM 181Public Relations Principles and Theory3.0
COM 282 [WI] Public Relations Writing3.0
COM 286Public Relations Strategies and Tactics3.0
COM 386Public Relations Campaign Planning3.0
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
Visual Communication Courses **
COM 335Digital Publishing3.0
or COM 340 Desktop Publishing
Additional Electives
COM electives9.0
Free electives43.0
Total Credits180.0

Degree Requirements: Public Relations Concentration (BS)

Term 1Credits
COM 101Human Communication3.0
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
ENGL 101
or 111
Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
English Composition I
3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV H101*The Drexel Experience1.0
Math sequence course 1*4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 2
COM 181Public Relations Principles and Theory3.0
CIVC 101*Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102
or 112
Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing
English Composition II
3.0
Math sequence course 2*4.0
Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 3
COM 160Introduction to Journalism3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COM 282 [WI] Public Relations Writing3.0
ENGL 103
or 113
Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres
English Composition III
3.0
International or diversity elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 4
COM 210Theory and Models of Communication3.0
COM 222Interpersonal Communication3.0
Science sequence course 1*4.0
Humanities elective3.0
Social science elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
COM 247Social Media in Communication3.0
LING 101
or 102
Introduction to Linguistics
Language and Society
3.0
Science sequence course 2*4.0
Social science elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
COM 284Public Relations Research, Measurement and Evaluation3.0
International or diversity elective3.0
Free electives 9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
PHIL 305Ethics and the Media3.0
International or diversity elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 8
COM 240New Technologies In Communication3.0
COM 286Public Relations Strategies and Tactics3.0
UNIV H201*Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Humanities elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
COM 335
or 340*
Digital Publishing
Desktop Publishing
3.0
Free electives6.0
Social science elective3.0
COM elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
COM 386Public Relations Campaign Planning3.0
COM 400Seminar in Communication3.0
Humanities elective 3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
COM 491Senior Project in Communication I3.0
COM elective3.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 12
COM 492Senior Project in Communication II3.0
International or diversity elective3.0
COM elective3.0
Free elective4.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 180.0

Degree Requirements: Technical and Science Communication Concentration (BS)

General Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement *1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience *1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers *1.0
Social sciences9.0
Humanities and fine arts9.0
International studies 6.0
Studies in diversity6.0
One of the following Science sequences:8.0
Biology Sequence
Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory
Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
Chemistry Sequence
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Physics Sequence
General Physics I
General Physics II
One of the following Math sequences:8.0
Analysis Sequence
Introduction to Analysis I
Introduction to Analysis II
Calculus Sequence
Calculus I
Calculus II
Communication Core Requirements
Theory Sequence
COM 101Human Communication3.0
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
COM 210Theory and Models of Communication3.0
COM 400Seminar in Communication3.0
LING 101Introduction to Linguistics3.0
or LING 102 Language and Society
Methods Sequence
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
COM 221Quantitative Research Methods in Communication3.0
Additional Core Requirements
COM 222Interpersonal Communication3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COM 240New Technologies In Communication3.0
COM 247Social Media in Communication3.0
COM 491Senior Project in Communication I3.0
COM 492Senior Project in Communication II3.0
PHIL 305Ethics and the Media3.0
Technical and Science Concentration Requirements
COM 160Introduction to Journalism3.0
COM 181Public Relations Principles and Theory3.0
COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication3.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
COM 335Digital Publishing3.0
COM 350 [WI] Document Design and Evaluation3.0
COM 420Technical, Science and Health Editing3.0
Technology, Science & Communication Breadth
Select three of the following:9.0
Campaigns for Health & Environment
Environmental Communication
Film, Celebrity and the Environmental Movement
Professional Presentations
Desktop Publishing
Intercultural Communication
Computer Mediated Communication
Ethnography of Communication
Free Speech & Censorship
Media Effects
Multidisciplinary Breadth
Select three of the following:9.0
Digital Culture
Literature & Science
Environmental Literature
Technology in Historical Perspective
Introduction to Computing and Security Technology
Introduction to Informatics
Foundations of Software
Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
Philosophy of Science
Cognitive Psychology
Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering
Human-Computer Interaction
Additional Electives
COM electives15.0
Free electives23.0
Total Credits180.0

Degree Requirements: Technical and Science Communication Concentration (BS)

Technical and Science Communication (BS)

Term 1Credits
COM 101Human Communication3.0
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
ENGL 101
or 111
Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
English Composition I
3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV H101*The Drexel Experience1.0
Math sequence course 1*4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 2
COM 160Introduction to Journalism3.0
CIVC 101*Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102
or 112
Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing
English Composition II
3.0
Math sequence course 2*4.0
Social science elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 3
COM 181Public Relations Principles and Theory3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
ENGL 103
or 113
Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres
English Composition III
3.0
Humanities elective3.0
Social science elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 4
COM 210Theory and Models of Communication3.0
COM 222Interpersonal Communication3.0
Science sequence course 1*4.0
Multidisciplinary elective3.0
Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
COM 247Social Media in Communication3.0
LING 101
or 102
Introduction to Linguistics
Language and Society
3.0
Science sequence course 2*4.0
Technology, science and communication elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
COM 221Quantitative Research Methods in Communication3.0
COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication3.0
Free elective4.0
Multidisiplinary elective3.0
International or diversity elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
COM 335Digital Publishing3.0
PHIL 305Ethics and the Media3.0
COM elective3.0
International or diversity elective3.0
Technology, science, and communication elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
COM 240New Technologies In Communication3.0
UNIV H201*Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Technology, science, and communication elective3.0
Free elective3.0
Humanities elective3.0
COM elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
COM 350 [WI] Document Design and Evaluation3.0
COM elective 3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
COM 400Seminar in Communication3.0
COM 420Technical, Science and Health Editing3.0
International or diversity elective3.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
COM 491Senior Project in Communication I3.0
COM elective3.0
Multidisciplinary elective3.0
Social science elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 12
COM 492Senior Project in Communication II3.0
International or diversity elective3.0
COM elective3.0
Free elective4.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 180.0

Communication Faculty

Ronald Bishop, III, PhD (Temple University) Director, Undergraduate Programs in Communication. Professor. Investigative reporting, sports journalism, journalism history, journalism sourcing patterns, textual narrative and ideological analysis, cultural history of fame.
Joan W. Blumberg, BA (Pennsylvania State University). Instructor. Publishing, electronic publishing, publishing and communications, publishing and mass-media.
Karen Cristiano, MS (Temple University) Assistant Department Head of Communication. Teaching Professor. Journalism, medical writing, feature writing, copy editing, mass media and society.
Richard Forney Assistant Teaching Professor. Broadcast journalism technology and the effects of new technologies on personal and corporate communication skills.
Alexander Friedlander, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University) Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Arts and Sciences; Interim Co-Director, Judaic Studies Program. Associate Professor. Rhetorical theory and practice, document design, writing and technology.
Ernest A. Hakanen, PhD (Temple University) Director, Graduate Programs in Communication, Culture & Media. Professor. Telecommunications policy, adolescent media use, communication theory and history, global media, and semiotics.
Barbara Hoekje, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. Sociolinguistic theory, discourse analysis, applied linguistics (language teaching, learning, and testing).
Alexander Jenkins, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Digital games, video games, emotion, morality, online fan communities, emerging media, convergence.
Hyunmin Lee, PhD (University of Missouri). Assistant Professor. Social media strategies for relationship and reputation management in public relations; media messages of public health issues and its psychological and behavioral effects on the public.
Julia May, PhD (Drexel University) Director, Professional MS Communication Programs. Assistant Teaching Professor. Political communication; international politics and its news coverage; public opinion; transatlantic relations; war, torture and human rights; debate in the public sphere.
Alexander Nikolaev, PhD (Florida State University). Associate Professor. Public relations, political communication, organizational communication, mass communication, international communications and negotiations, communications theory.
Rakhmiel Peltz, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Professor. Judaic studies, Yiddish culture and linguistics, ethnography of communication, immigrant cultural studies.
Douglas V. Porpora, PhD (Temple University). Professor. War, genocide, torture, and human rights; macro-moral reasoning in public sphere debate; contemporary social theory moral and political communication; religion.
Rachel R. Reynolds, PhD (University of Illinois). Associate Professor. Sociolinguistics, ethnography of communication and discourse analysis; violence against women in mass media; political economy of migration; semiotics including the textual, the visual and multimodal.
Rosemary Rys, MA (Rowan University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Public relations and marketing.
Wesley Shumar, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Professor. Digital media and learning; culture of higher education; entrepreneurship education; craft culture; semiotic of consumer culture.
Lawrence Souder, PhD (Temple University) Director, Drexel Edits. Teaching Professor. Science and technical writing, communication ethics, nonprofit communication.
Allan Stegeman, MA (University of Houston). Teaching Professor. Communication, technology and mass media, video.
Susan Stein, PhD (University of Wisconsin). Associate Teaching Professor. Science, environmental, and health communication
Scott Tattar, BA (York College of Pennsylvania) Faculty Advisor, Drexel PRSSA, Communication Department Recruitment Liason. Instructor. Public relations
Hilde Van den Bulck, PhD (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) Department Head of Communication. Professor. Political economy of media structures; media policies for digitized media ecologies; stakeholders and coalitions in media policies; digitization; convergence and legacy media; public (service) media; celebrity culture and industry; fandom and anti-fandom.
Asta Zelenkauskaite, PhD (Indiana University). Associate Professor. Social media; user-generated content; computer-mediated communication; interactivity; active audience analysis; mobile communication; gender and online identity; prosumer culture; internet of things; quantitative/qualitative research.
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