For High School Students

Most undergraduate courses in Communication are open to students throughout the University. A formal process of application and acceptance is required, however, to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Communication. The major curriculum is designed, administered, and taught by faculty at the Annenberg School for Communication, though the degree is formally granted by the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. All major admission decisions are made by The Annenberg School.

Students may apply for admission to the major once they have completed two core courses and one additional Communication course with an average major gpa of 3.0 or. Applications are not accepted later than the first semester of the junior year. Exceptions are permitted only for students with junior class standing who transfer from other universities. These applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

All students must meet the following requirements prior to application:

  1. Completion of Communication 125, Communication 130, or Communication 123;
  2. Completion of a third Communication course;
  3. A major grade-point average of 3.0 or higher for all major courses.

Alison Feather, Director of Student Services and Registrar, provides academic and procedural advising for prospective and admitted Communication majors. Prospective students are invited to meet with Mrs. Feather to learn more about the major in the Undergraduate Office (Room 204 in The Annenberg School). Appointments may be made by contacting Mrs. Feather at 215-898-8892 or aberstecher@asc.upenn.edu. The Undergraduate Office is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Meetings are not available on weekends or during University holidays.