Communication

Communication

Are you interested in writing, speaking and media? Is it time to tap into your creativity in a professional environment? Take a look at our communication major!

About

Communication professionals use effective writing, speaking and mass media in order to inform, persuade and interact with individuals or groups. The fields of advertising, broadcasting (radio and television), journalism, public relations and speech are all communication professions. Understanding and using contemporary media is essential to this area of study. 

Why Communication is in Demand:

  • According to CareerBuilder.com, communication and journalism are among the top majors most in demand today.
  • A 2014 Salary Survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that the average starting salary for communication majors is on the rise – up nearly 10.1% from the previous year – at $48,253 for 2014 college graduates.
  • Whether you want to be a doctor, a lawyer, a journalist, an advertising executive or something else entirely – strong written and verbal communication skills are assets in every career path.
  • Critical readership, curiosity and leadership will always be in demand.

Is it for me?

Are you:

  • Creative?
  • Intrigued by evolving technology?
  • Aware of news, current events and popular culture?

Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Communication

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Dedicated faculty.   Our communication faculty members are very highly rated. Each has significant professional experience in the field in which he/she teaches. Professors know and care about each individual student; they serve not only as advisors but also as mentors.
2.
Hands-on training.   Students gain practical experience through campus media and groups. Courses feature projects with other organizations on salient issues. Students build professional portfolios based on work in their communication major.
3.
Writing, writing, writing.   Our department’s philosophy is that writing skills are key for professional and academic success in communication. The core writing foundation ensures that students are well equipped with proper grammar and style early in their program.
4.
Jesuit education.   An emphasis on eloquence and logical discourse supports Jesuit ideals.
5.
Media facilities.   Our recently upgraded audio production lab and television station provide technology and equipment for class projects, as well as campus media such as WUSR Radio and the Aquinas.

The Department of Communication at The University of Scranton was the best part of my experience at the University. The faculty and staff always found ways to make themselves available for guidance. The faculty inspired me to further my education so I can eventually teach communication at the collegiate level.

-Kaitlyn Falzone, Class of 2013

  • Preparing You For Personal & Professional Successplus or minus

    You'll learn how to:

    • Communicate effectively in writing and speech
    • Understand mediated communication
    • Utilize technology for communication purposes
    • Strategize, plan and implement meaningful projects
    • Direct your creativity towards problem-solving
    • Effectively debate issues and present your argument persuasively 

    Internships

    Internships are important opportunities to gain practical experience in a chosen field. Scranton communication majors routinely intern at television news stations, radio stations and businesses in the area.

    Edward Ravert III, Class of 2014, competed with thousands of applicants and was awarded the PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) internship. Read more here.

    Corey Burrell, Class of 2014, gained valuable on-the-job experience as a programming editing intern at C-SPAN in Washington, D.C.  He created 26 promos for the First Ladies” TV series which aired nationally.

    Here are other examples of recent internships:

    • American Red Cross
    • CBS
    • HBO
    • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders
    • The Times Leader
    • Ben Franklin Partnership
    • ESPN
    • MTV
    • The Scranton Times-Tribune
    • United Way
  • What You'll Learnplus or minus

    Curriculum

    Students may choose to focus on a specific field right from the start. Track options are:

    • Communication and the Law
    • Communication Leadership

    All majors must take six core courses, including Writing for Communication, G/S/P Skill Set, Logical and Rhetorical Analysis, Introduction to Communication Theory and Communication Ethics. In the final year of study, each student takes a Senior Seminar.

    Each track has several required courses and a number of elective courses to complete the major. Click here to see the curriculum.

    A student may choose to stay at Scranton for one additional year to earn an MBA through the University’s Kania School of Management. More information can be found here.

    Communication Minor

    A student who chooses a communication minor must take three prescribed courses and three additional communication electives. Click here for specific information. 

  • Pursue Your Passion and Make a Differenceplus or minus

    Every job requires solid communication skills. The value and importance of this proficiency is undeniable. Professionals who are expert communicators are in positions to lead and create change in society. Whether this means reporting the news to keep people informed in an emergency, covering local political races, uncovering scandal, providing materials for marketing and sales, or negotiating agreements between neighbors and corporations—effective communication makes a difference.

    Some graduates will bring their skills to important causes and nonprofit organizations. Others will pursue research to help mankind better understand how we communicate and utilize media.

    Communication majors contribute work and energy to local organizations through internships and class projects. While the students gain practical experience, they also contribute to society.  

    Students and faculty often participate in University-sponsored service trips to other countries, such as a recent mission to Uganda. This supports our Jesuit educational philosophy of developing global citizens of and for the world.  

Careers

Where will Communication take me?

Students enter the workplace armed with practical skills and experience. Here are some examples of jobs depending on your interests: 

  • Archdiocese of New York
  • Bayer Healthcare
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • PA House of Representatives
  • The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • United Nations

Top Graduate Schools:

Just a few of the prestigious graduate schools that have admitted recent communication graduates:

  • New York Law School
  • Liberty University
  • University of Hawaii

Leading Employers:

Recent Scranton graduates have landed jobs in a wide range of companies including:

  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Gray Advertising
  • Golf Magazine
  • Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
  • The Scranton Times-Tribune
  • WNEP-TV (ABC affiliate)

How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge

Communication courses, especially the Senior Seminar, provide students with professional-level projects they can include in their career portfolios. Demonstrating outstanding work enables students to stand out in job interviews. 

In addition, dedicated faculty members truly get to know their students. They enthusiastically provide grad school recommendations or job references with specific and compelling information to boast students’ prospects. 

Take the Next Step

For More Information

Office of Admissions
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510
Tel: 1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-7540
Fax: 570-941-7572
admissions@scranton.edu

Department of Communication
Howard Fisher, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Communication
(570) 941-7513
howard.fisher@scranton.edu