Communication BS / Communication MS

Major: Communication
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 225.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Five years); Two Co-op (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code:
 09.0199
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-2011

About the Program

The ability to communicate effectively is one of the most sought-after skills by prospective employers industry wide. Drexel University is committed to building this strong foundation through the Accelerated Communication Degree, which enables academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor's and master’s degree — graduating sooner than they would in traditional programs. Graduates of the accelerated degree enter the workforce one year sooner with the benefits of a master’s degree in communication, using the year saved to gain full-time experience and earn a salary in the field. 

The BS in Communication program requires 180.0 UG credits, and offers three different concentrations to choose from. All students take a common core of courses that emphasize communication theory and methods, as well as a lab science sequence and a math analysis sequence.

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 open Communication concentration have the flexibility of crafting their path through the major and thus have career possibilities in any of the areas listed here. 

Drexel’s MS in Communication program requires 45.0 graduate credits, and prepares students for careers in a wide range of professional activities. The program specializes in three areas:

  • public communication
  • technical communication
  • science and health communication

Public Communication

Public Communication has much to offer those looking to work in journalism, public relations, and nonprofit organizations. Students can choose from courses such as Strategic Social Media Communication, Event Planning, Journalism and News Writing, Public Relations Writing and Campaign Planning, and Nonprofit Communication.

Technical Communication

Technical Communication provides skills in technical writing, editing, and computer documentation, and trains students for careers in a wide range of industries from social networking to publishing to health insurance. Students choose from courses such as Technical Writing, Digital Publishing, Technical & Science Editing, and Technical Documentation & Software.

Science and Health Communication

Science and Health Communication leads to careers in medical, science, and pharmaceutical communication. Students can choose from courses such as Science Writing, Medical Journalism, Campaigns in Health & Environment, and Communicating Health and Risk in a 'Fake News' World. 

In addition, the program provides a strong foundation in ethics and theoretical approaches to communication. This theoretical basis is designed to ensure that, as the field changes, students will continue to have an intellectual framework for evaluating and implementing new technology and changing media.

The program emphasizes flexibility, encouraging each student, in consultation with an academic advisor, to craft a particular course of study. Throughout the curriculum, students may use electives to increase communication skills or to further develop areas of specialization. The Master's degree requires a total of 45.0 graduate credits. 

Admission Requirements

Both incoming freshman and current Communication majors are eligible to apply for this program. Students who are already matriculated may apply after completing a minimum of 90.0 credits but no more than 120.0 credits. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain this GPA throughout the accelerated program.

In addition to formally applying and getting all the signatures required on the Accelerated Degree Program Admission form, applicants must provide:

  • A 500-word statement of goals that explains why they want to enroll in the accelerated degree program.
  • The name of a faculty reference who can speak to the applicant’s academic qualifications and preparedness for graduate studies.

Degree Requirements

General Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement *1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
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
Electricity and Motion
Light and Sound
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
or COM 284 Public Relations Research, Measurement and Evaluation
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
Required Concentration Courses
Select one of the following concentrations (Communication, Public Relations, or Technical and Science Communication)30.0-36.0
Communication
Introduction to Journalism
Public Relations Principles and Theory
Advanced Journalism
Public Relations Writing
Technical Communication
Two COM Electives at 300 level of higher
Six COM Electives
Public Relations
Introduction to Journalism
Public Relations Principles and Theory
Public Relations Writing
Public Relations Strategies and Tactics
Public Relations Campaign Planning
Digital Publishing
Modern Desktop Publishing
Introduction to Marketing Management
Three COM Electives
Technical & Science Communication
Introduction to Journalism
Public Relations Principles and Theory
Technical Communication
Science Writing
Digital Publishing
Document Design and Evaluation
Technical, Science and Health Editing
Three COM Electives
Free electives43.0
MS Communication Requirements
Required Courses
COM 500Reading & Research in Communication3.0
COM 610Theories of Communication and Persuasion3.0
COM 698Managing Communication Professional Identities in a Digital Age3.0
Electives **21.0
Required Concentration Courses15.0
Students must select and complete one of the following concentration options:
Technical Communication
Ethics for Technical, Science and Health Communication
Choose four of the following:
Technical Writing
Document Design and Usability
Digital Publishing
Technical Documentation and Software
Technical, Science and Health Editing
Software Development
Perspectives on Information Systems
Science and Health Communication
Ethics for Technical, Science and Health Communication
Choose four of the following:
Campaigns for Health and Environment
Science Writing
Technical, Science and Health Editing
Medical Writing
Medical Journalism
Theory and Practice in Health Communication
Public Communication
Ethics for Professional Communication
Choose four of the following:
Modern Desktop Publishing
Digital Publishing
Strategic Social Media Communication
Foundations of Public Relations
Public Relations Writing ***
Public Relations Planning ***
Fundamentals of Journalism & Newswriting
Event Planning
Grant Writing
Nonprofit Communications
Telecommunications Regulation and Policy
Investigative Journalism
Total Credits225.0-231.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study
 

4 Year, one Co-op (4COP) + 1

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major. 

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COM 1013.0CIVC 1011.0COM 160 or 1813.0VACATION
COM 1503.0COM 181 or 1603.0COM 2303.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0COOP 1011.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
PSY 1013.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0Humanities Elective3.0 
UNIV H1011.0Math Sequence Course 24.0Free Elective3.0 
Math Sequence Course 14.0Social Science elective3.0  
 17 15 15 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COM 2103.0COM 2203.0COM 221 or 2843.0PHIL 3053.0
COM 2223.0COM 2473.0COM 3103.0COM Concentration Course3.0
COM Concentration Course3.0LING 101 or 1023.0COM Concentration Course3.0COM Elective or Free Elective3.0
Humanities Elective3.0COM Elective3.0COM Elective or Free Elective3.0Free Elective3.0
Science Sequence Course 14.0Science Sequence Course 24.0Free Elective3.0International or Diversity Elective3.0
Free Elective2.0 International or Diversity Elective3.0 
 18 16 18 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COM 2403.0COM Concentration Course3.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
UNIV H2011.0COM Elective3.0  
COM Concentration Courses3.0Free Electives6.0  
Humanities Elective3.0Social Science Elective3.0  
Free Elective2.0COM 6103.0  
COM 5003.0   
COM 613 or 6123.0   
 18 18 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COM 4003.0COM 4913.0COM 4923.0Student converts to Graduate status
COM Elective or COM Concentration Course3.0COM Elective3.0COM Elective Course or COM Concentration Course3.0 
International or Diversity Elective3.0Humanities Elective3.0COM Elective of Free Elective3.0 
COM Elective or Free Elective3.0Social Science Elective3.0Free Elective3.0 
Graduate Concentration Core3.0International or Diversity Elective3.0Graduate Concentration Core3.0 
Graduate Elective3.0Graduate Concentration Core3.0Graduate Elective3.0 
 18 18 18 0
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
COM 6983.0Graduate Electives6.0Graduate Electives6.0 
Graduate Concentration Core3.0   
Graduate Electives3.0   
 9 6 6 
Total Credits 225

5 Year, three Co-op (5COP) Co-terminal

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major. 

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COM 1013.0CIVC 1011.0COM 160 or 1813.0VACATION
COM 1503.0COM 181 or 1603.0COM 2303.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0COOP 1011.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
PSY 1013.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0Humanities Elective3.0 
UNIV H1011.0Math Sequence Course 24.0Free Elective3.0 
Math Sequence Course 14.0Social Science Elective3.0COM Elective3.0 
 Free Elective3.0  
 17 18 18 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COM 2103.0COM 2203.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
COM 2223.0COM 2473.0  
COM Concentration Course3.0LING 101 or 1023.0  
Science Sequence Course 14.0COM Concentration Course3.0  
Free Elective2.0Science Sequence Course 24.0  
Humanities Elective3.0Free Elective3.0  
 18 19 0 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COM 221 or 2843.0PHIL 3013.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
COM Concentration Courses6.0COM Concentration Course3.0Graduate Concentration Core3.0Graduate Elective3.0
International or Diversity elective3.0COM Elective3.0  
COM 5003.0Free Elective3.0  
 International or Diveristy Elective3.0  
 COM 6103.0  
 15 18 3 3
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COM 2403.0COM Elective or COM Concentration Course3.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
UNIV H2011.0Humanities Elective3.0Graduate Concentration Core3.0Graduate Elective3.0
COM Concentration Course3.0International or Diversity Elective3.0  
COM Elective or Free Elective3.0Social Science Elective3.0  
Free Elective2.0Graduate Concentration Core3.0  
COM 613 or 6123.0Graduate Elective3.0  
Grad Concentration Core3.0   
 18 18 3 3
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
COM 4003.0COM 4913.0COM 4923.0 
COM Elective 3.0COM Elective3.0COM Electives6.0 
International or Diversity Elective3.0Humanities Elective3.0Free Elective3.0 
COM Elective or Free Elective3.0Social Science Elective3.0Graduate Electives6.0 
COM 6983.0Free Elective3.0  
Graduate Elective3.0Graduate Elective3.0  
 18 18 18 
Total Credits 225

5 Year, two Co-op (5COP)

Students complete undergraduate requirements in four years, then convert to graduate status in the fifth and final year. 

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer).

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COM 1013.0CIVC 1011.0COM 160 or 1813.0VACATION
COM 1503.0COM 181 or 1603.0COM 2303.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0COOP 1011.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
PSY 1013.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0COM Elective3.0 
UNIV H1011.0Math Sequence Course 24.0Humanities Elective3.0 
Math Sequence Course 14.0Social Science Elective3.0Free Elective3.0 
 Free Elective3.0  
 17 18 18 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COM 2103.0COM 2203.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
COM 2223.0COM 2473.0  
COM Concentration Course3.0LING 101 or 1023.0  
Science Sequence Course 14.0COM Concentration Course3.0  
Free Elective2.0Science Sequence Course 24.0  
Humanities Elective3.0Free Elective3.0  
 18 19 0 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COM 221 or 2843.0PHIL 3013.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
COM Concentration Courses6.0COM Concentration Course3.0  
COM Elective or Free Elective3.0COM Elective3.0  
Free Elective3.0Free Elective3.0  
International or Diversity elective3.0International or Diveristy Elective3.0  
 Social Science Elective3.0  
 18 18 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COM 2403.0COM 4913.0COM 4923.0COM Electives6.0
UNIV H2011.0COM 4003.0COM Elective3.0Humanities Elective 3.0
COM Concentration Course3.0Free Elective3.0COM Electives of Free Electives 6.0Social Science Elective3.0
COM Elective or Free Elective3.0Humanities Elective3.0International or Diversity Elective3.0Graduate Concentration Core3.0
Free Elective2.0International or Diversity Elective3.0Graduate Concentration Core3.0Graduate Elective3.0
COM 5003.0COM 6103.0  
COM 613 or 6123.0   
 18 18 18 18
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
COM 6983.0Graduate Concentration Core3.0Graduate Electives9.0 
Graduate Concentration Core3.0Graduate Electives6.0  
Graduate Elective3.0   
 9 9 9 
Total Credits 225

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). Assistant Teaching Professor. 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) Director, Undergraduate Programs in Communication. Associate 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.
Susan Magee, MFA Director Online Teaching. Instructor. Digital Publishing, Content reation, Blogging, Strategic Social Media, Public Relations, Business and Technical Communication
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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