The Communication major prepares you for careers in corporate communication, print and broadcast journalism, social media management, advertising, public relations, and media production.
If you enjoy working with people, presenting creative ideas across multiple platforms, and welcome the challenge of working with new technology, consider majoring in Communication.
You’ll develop effective written and oral communication skills, and have frequent opportunity to practice them. Students can develop videography, video editing, and visual composition skills in state-of-the-art digital editing suites, and get hands-on experience in television and radio broadcasting and production in our on-campus studios. Writing, editing, photography, production, and talent positions are available on the staffs of The Behrend Beacon newspaper, BVZ Radio, and PSB-TV (and their respective online and social media presences), or you can pursue an internship at a local corporation, media outlet, advertising agency, or nonprofit organization.
Communication students also have internship and employment opportunities with filmmakers and artists who are clients of Greater Erie Arts Rentals, or GEAR. This outreach service of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences rents professional-grade cameras, lights, and other filmmaking equipment at a discount when Penn State Behrend students are included on the production crew.
Because it is a diverse and practical field of study, Penn State Behrend Communication alumni have pursued a wide variety of careers. Our graduates have become public relations directors, account executives, marketing managers, teachers, broadcasters, writers, journalists, pastors, coaches, and sports information directors, and pursued graduate degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels at leading universities..
Contact Dr. Rod Troester, Program Chair of Communication, with any further questions (firstname.lastname@example.org/814-898-6442).