The Annenberg School for Communication is home to a doctoral degree program in communication. Annenberg also is home to Penn's undergraduate communication majors.
True to both the history of our school and the intellectual roots of our field, Annenberg is interdisciplinary by design, firmly rooted in Communication while drawing on and integrating theories and methods from a wide range of social sciences, humanities, sciences, and professional fields. Nearly half the Annenberg faculty hold degrees in disciplines other than Communication (Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology, Law), many are jointly appointed or hold secondary faculty positions in other schools and departments, and both faculty and students regularly collaborate with each other and with colleagues from Penn’s other distinguished schools and centers to engage in both basic and applied research at the borders between traditional disciplines.
Undergraduate Communication majors at Penn study media institutions, communication and contemporary culture, and a variety of communication influences in social, political, and economic contexts. Scholarship in communication intersects with many disciplines— including history, psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, law, and economics—drawing from both humanistic and social-scientific modes of inquiry to examine fundamental communication processes and effects. The Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Communication is granted by the College of Arts and Sciences, but the major curriculum is designed, administered, and instructed by the Annenberg School for Communication.