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Exploration.

Bridging the world is a fundamental part of the program, with students working and studying in New York City, London, Dublin, and South Africa-- and beyond.

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Flexibility.

Our program is designed to have students study exactly what interests them.

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Experience.

The Communication Studies Program proudly allows students to explore their own style of experiential learning through internships, research, and fellowships.

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Commitment.

From knowledgeable academics to dedicated athletes to loyal officers, students are empowered to achieve their goals.

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Temple University School of Media and Communication - Communication Studies Program

Greetings from the Communication Studies office!

On behalf of the Communication Studies office, thank you for your interest in attending Temple University! We encourage interested students to explore our website to learn more about the program.  For more information, “like” us on Facebook or email Dr. Scott Gratson, Program Director at sgratson@temple.edu.

The Communication Studies Program is a unique major giving students exposure to fields throughout the School of Media and Communication.  The interdisciplinary approach is designed to prepare students for a variety of fields in an increasingly converging media world.   While students enjoy a great amount of flexibility in class choices, they also specialize their course of study in Global Civil Society, Communication and Entrepreneurship, Contemporary Media Environments or Policy, Regulation, and Advocacy.  Students also have the option to earn a Major of Distinction and complete advanced major requirements through SMC Study Away Programs.  Recent graduates and current students have been placed in graduate and law school, media outlets and publications, and governmental organizations.


 

Q and A with Communication Studies director Scott Gratson

Q: What are some of the opportunities that are available to someone who graduates from Temple with a communication studies degree?
A: “There are primarily three areas that our communication studies students pursue. One of them involves aspects of media such as broadcasting, aspects of journalism, or advertising. The second involves aspects of civic good and advocacy relating to government, politics, and law. The third involves potential work within academe, particularly those showing interest in graduate school, as we try to get students ready for a much more intense academic setting with even stricter requirements for admission.”

Q: What is the total number of undergraduate students enrolled in the communication studies program?
A: “The major now includes about 300 students on main campus, but when we add in the students from our satellite campuses the number rises to approximately 370.”

Q: What are some of the perks of flexibility with scheduling for students enrolled in communication studies?
A: “We firmly believe that one of the key components of getting through college is that a student has to understand their passion. Part of that is allowing them to make effective choices within their degree. There is a variety of different options. As a result we look to make sure the student is prepared to make effective choices for their degree and for the classes that are part of it. The flexibility ranges across all the different departments within the School of Media and Communication, and we are the only degree that allows a student to graduate with classes from each of the four departments of Advertising, Journalism, Media Studies and Production, and Strategic Communication so that a student is able to finely tune their skills while pursuing his or her own interests.”

Q: Are there possibilities for declaring a minor while pursuing a communication studies degree?
A: “One of the things that we really try to stress in our program is the necessity of creating a very good mentorship relationship. Part of the mentorship relationship that I try to create with the students is figuring out a variety of different goals. Some of those goals may not only be accomplished by a major. As a result several of our students will find themselves declaring a minor. Because of the flexibility that our program has, a student can complete a minor in as little as six classes. They can either fulfill their necessary credits with electives or they can declare a minor, which strategically is a better choice. One of the most popular choices of minors is the general studies business minor, which allows a student to accentuate their communications degree with a business acumen, particularly related to entrepreneurship.”

Q: Is there anything else you would like to note?
A: “You can’t really note everything about communication studies in a short interview. The best approach for a student interested in the program is to stop by the office, talk with another student, or look at our social media sites. We’re very proud of the students in our program. We are proud of their success stories but also have seen them deal with challenges. It’s a pleasure to be a part of their lives as the director of their major.”

Student Projects

Michael Busza (center) winning an Emmy

Michael C. Busza, a resident assistant and double major in communications and English, has been named the first recipient of the MarcDavid LGBTQ Scholarship, created last month to recognize a student’s efforts to further inclusion at Temple.

Watch the show for yourself!

photoCommStudies major Nadia Ouazzi is working with Temple University to minimize food waste and hunger throughout Philadelphia. Read more about ongoing campus food donation here.
(photo by Ethan Schwartz)

Daharis Pesantez is the first Communication Studies student to be accepted into the Major of Distinction program. Together with her passion for social change and love of NYC, Pesantez will be studying how urban planning can facilitate communication and ultimately lead to social change.

Communication Studies Course Offerings