Program Overview and Description

The Communications Studies major deepens students’ study and experience of all of the fields within the School of Media and Communication in order to meet the needs of a diverse, changing marketplace. Additionally, students may gain exposure to the fields of Film and Media Arts, and Theater. The Communications Studies program proudly gives students the greatest amount of choice and flexibility for class choices within the School, while also giving students a chance to specialize in either Media Environments, Public Advocacy, Global Communication, or the Arts.  Additionally, students may earn a Major of Distinction through advanced study. Transfer credits from a variety of curricula often apply. Advanced requirements for the major can be completed through the SMC Study Away Programs in New York City, London, Dublin, and South Africa. The entire Program is also offered in Tokyo at Temple University Japan.  Recent graduates and current students have been placed in graduate and law school, media outlets and publications, and governmental organizations.

Mission Statement

Designed to ensure student flexibility and choice as well as academic expertise, the Communications Studies Program allows students a chance to fully investigate multiple fields in the communications discipline. Emphasis is placed on providing students an overview of the field while also accentuating civic and global communication.

New Initiative for Student Success

Temple proudly announced its new program “Fly in Four,” a financial program to ensure that students graduate in four years.

This initiative will blend well with the flexibility that is offered through the CMST program, highlighting student applicability to several post-graduate positions while also accentuating student learning. CMST is proud to be a part of this new undertaking.

More information on the Fly in Four initiative http://news.temple.edu/news/2014-02-03/temple-creates-fly-4-initiative-help-students-control-debt


Current Projects

CommStudies major organizes ongoing campus food donation


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CommStudies major Nadia Ouazzi is working with Temple University to minimize food waste and hunger throughout Philadelphia. For a great interview about Nadia’s work, listen to her radio interview on KYW at:


Local College Senior Organizes Suicide And Non-Violence Forum

jaimeeJaimee Swift, a senior communications major at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, has organized an event to promote non-violence and suicide awareness.

Read Karie Simmons’ article on Jaimee Swift for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Read Tim Jimenez’s piece for KYW NewsRadio.


Commnunications Major earns LGBTQ Scholarship

(photo by Suzi Nash/Philadelphia Gay News)

Read the compelling article written by Suzi Nash about Michael Busza’s ’One of the Guys’ sitcom. or Watch the program for yourself!

(photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg)

(photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg)

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.

First Communication Studies student to be accepted into the Major of Distinction program

Daharis Pesantez

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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.

Read more about the Major of Distinction Program


The curriculum of the Communication Studies Program (previously Communications Major) has been updated.


Communication Studies Program News

Making dreams of studying abroad a reality

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For many students, an experience studying abroad is a dream come true, and for most, it’s a one-time opportunity. For Janice Durrant, Communication Studies major with a Spanish minor, she’s turning her dreams of studying abroad into a reality.

Read more on Making dreams of studying abroad a reality…