Communication Bachelor of Arts Degree

Amanda Card '12, Communications Major

  • Three-year accelerated degree option
  • Opportunities for specialization in corporate, print or video
  • Professional internships—here or abroad
  • Preparation for careers in business, news and magazine writing, editing, technical writing, creative writing, video production and visual communication
  • Student-run newspaper, radio station, and TV channels
  • Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities around the world

Communication offers diverse job opportunities in the expanding field of media and information technology. Arcadia’s program balances theory with practice, providing a critical understanding of the communication process along with skills for specific careers.

Communication Concentrations

Students majoring in Communication specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Corporate Communication concentrates on the communication channels and processes at work in businesses and organizations.
  • Print Communication stresses the conventions of writing for the various media and provides skills in news and magazine writing, editing, technical writing and creative writing.
  • Video Communication provides training in the fundamentals of all phases of video production, along with a conceptual frame in film studies and in visual communication.
  • An Individualized Concentration develops a special combination of interdisciplinary courses to meet specific interests of individual students. (Approval by the Director of the program is required.)

Internships

Students in Communication complete a closely supervised, professional internship in their senior year. They can choose from among 400 media organizations in the greater Philadelphia area, utilizing their acquired knowledge within the challenges of the workplace. Recent internship sites have included: ABC Sports, the Academy of Natural Sciences, WYSP (radio), the Philadelphia Eagles, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Arthritis Foundation, and Philadelphia Magazine.

Students also may choose an internship in London, England, or Sydney, Australia, through Arcadia’s Arcadia's College of Global Studies. These study abroad internships are strong and unique in preparing students for the challenges of the global workplace.

Facilities

Murphy Hall houses the Communication studio, which includes three separate editing rooms. Students work with the most current software, Adobe Master Suite, and Intel Mac Pro editing systems and high quality digital cameras. In addition, they may utilize the audio recording facility, with Pro Tools and other software programs in PC and Mac platforms. Their work in various forms of video, documentary, narrative, experimental or animation is supported by expert guidance from the professionals and open access to the facilities. A campus-based television facility provides opportunities to work on individual and group projects. Student clubs produce a campus newspaper (The Tower), cable TV programming on AUTV, and a Web-based radio station, the ARC.

Double Majors

Students may have an option to declare a double major. (Please see the Academic Policies and Procedures for total number of credits for double majors.) If Communication is one of the majors a student has chosen, no more than two courses may count in both major areas. The Director of the program must approve all double majors.

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