Undergraduate Admissions

Communication majors at the Annenberg School gain an in-depth understanding of messages and their impact on people around the world, preparing students to make meaningful contributions to society through a variety of careers.

 

Watch our "What is a Communication Major?" video to learn more.

 

 

 

Students wishing to be admitted into the Communication major must first be accepted into the College of Arts & Science. While the School of Arts & Science formally confers the B.A. in Communication, Annenberg faculty design the major’s curriculum, teach the Communication courses and admit students into the major.

We welcome visitors to meet virtually with Alison Feather, Director of Student Services and Registrar, who provides academic advising for both prospective and admitted Communication majors. Appointments may be made by email.

To read interviews with Communication major alumni who have gone on to a diverse array of careers, click here

Penn Students Interested in the Communication Major

The major in Communication consists of 14 courses — 11 in Communication and three electives selected from other departments. For more information about the undergraduate major, click here.

Most undergraduate courses in Communication are open to students throughout the University of Pennsylvania. A formal process of application and acceptance is required, however, to become a Communication major.

Although Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences formally confers the B.A. in Communication, Annenberg faculty design the major’s curriculum, teach the Communication courses, and make the admission decisions for majors.

The Annenberg School also partners with the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Design to offer an interdisciplinary major in Digital Media Design.

Unless otherwise stated, the Annenberg School follows the policies and procedures of the College of Arts & Sciences regarding courses, grading, and other instructional matters.

Application Requirements for the Communication Major

Students must meet the following requirements before they can apply to the major:

  • Completion of two introductory core survey courses (COMM123, COMM125, or COMM130)
  • Completion of at least one additional Communication course
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in all Penn courses

Students must apply for admission during the semester in which they are completing their third prerequisite course.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to the major no later than the second semester of their sophomore year but are still eligible to apply during the first semester of their junior year. Prospective majors are encouraged to apply as early as possible in order to more easily complete all major requirements by the end of their senior year and avoid additional semesters of coursework to graduate.

For more information, meet with Alison Feather, Director of Student Services and Registrar, who provides academic advising for both prospective and admitted Communication majors. Appointments may be made online, or by email.