Application to the Major

Most undergraduate courses in Communication are open for enrollment to students throughout the University. However, obtaining the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Communication requires formal application and acceptance. The degree is granted by the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, although the major curriculum is designed, administered, and instructed by the Annenberg School for Communication. All decisions concerning admission to the major are made 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 they meet or exceed a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students who fail to meet the 3.0 minimum 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 the 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 prior to acceptance into 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.
  • A grade of “C-” or higher in all major courses.

How to Apply

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

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