Application to the Major

Most undergraduate courses in Communication are open to all students in the University, admission to the Communication major requires formal application and acceptance. The major curriculum is designed, administered, and taught by faculty at the Annenberg School for Communication Admission decisions are made solely by The Annenberg School.

When to Apply

Students should apply to the major as soon as they have completed two core courses and one additional communications course. Students may submit applications during the semester in which they are working to complete prerequisite requirements (listed below). Admission will be offered once grades are reported for two core courses and one additional communications course provided applicants meet or exceed a major GPA of 3.0. Students who have not met the minimum after completing two communication courses and one additional communication course may not apply using other courses in a future semester. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to the major no later than the second semester of their sophomore year.

The latest semester in which students may apply to the major is the first semester of their junior year. Students who fail to complete admission requirements before the end of the sophomore year may have difficulty completing all major requirements by the end of their senior year. These students may find it necessary to take additional semesters of coursework to graduate.

A word of advice to majors and prospective majors: Completing all major requirements by the end of the senior year takes careful planning. Timely application is the first step for a smooth transition through all major requirements for graduation. The second step is consulting with Alison Berstecher each semester to review progress in meeting major requirements prior to advance registration.

Application Requirements

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

  • Completion of at least two of the following introductory courses: Communication 125, Communication 130, or Communication 123;
  • Completion of a third Communication course;
  • A cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in all University of Pennsylvania courses;
  • A major grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

How to Apply

Alison Feather, Director Student Services and Registrar, provides academic and procedural advising for prospective communication majors. Students are encouraged to consult with Mrs. Feather well in advance of application to match requirements for the major to their particular situation and draft a tentative curriculum.