Communication Curriculum

Current Students:

See the Recommended Academic Plans and Checksheets for more detailed course recommendations and refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements.

Prospective Students:

Below is a typical course sequence for the Communication bachelor's degree program. Schedules will vary by student, depending on areas of interest.



  • First-Year Seminar (1 credit)
  • The Mass Media and Society (3 credits)
  • Art of the Cinema (3 credits)
  • Radio Practicum (1 credit)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language I (4 credits)

Total Credits:  18



  • Media and Democracy (3 credits)
  • Newspaper Practicum (1 credit)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits)
  • Math Course (3 credits)
  • Other Cultures Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language II (4 credits)

Total Credits:  17



  • Basic News Writing Skills (1 credit)
  • Television Practicum (1 credit)
  • Persuasion and Propaganda (3 credits)
  • Effective Speech (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language III (4 credits)

Total Credits:  17



  • Introduction to Human Communication (3 credits)
  • Basic Video/Filmmaking (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Math Course (3 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits:  13.5


SEMESTERS 5, 6, 7, AND 8

A range of Penn State Behrend courses are available to you in your third and fourth years.

Your schedule will depend on your areas of focus and personal interests.

  • Additional Required Courses 
    Introduction to Communication Theory; Communication Research Methods; The Nature of Media; Applications for Media Writing
  • Upper-Division Supporting Courses 
    Intercultural Communication; Introduction to Media Effects; American Journalism: Values, Traditions, and Practices; Survey of Electronic Media and Telecommunications; Introduction to Multimedia Production; International Mass Communications; Newspaper Practicum; Newspaper Editorial Staff; Radio Practicum; Television Practicum; Professional Public Speaking; Business and Professional Communication


This is meant to be representative of a typical course sequence. Your schedule will vary depending on your interests; it is recommended that you consult your academic adviser before scheduling courses. See for specific degree requirements.