Major Requirements

Graduation with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication requires a total of 34 course units, including a minimum of 14 courses in the major:

  • two Introductory Core Survey Communication courses designed to expose students to major topics in the field;
  • Comm 210: Quantitative Research Methods (or an approved research methods course from other departments at Penn);
  • eight additional Communication courses.  A minimum of four Comm courses at the 300 to 499 level are required;
  • three Non-Comm elective courses from other schools and departments that support a student's interests in Communication. All Non-Comm Electives must be related to the student’s Comm major and be pre-approved by a member of the COMM Undergraduate Advising Team. Only one Non-Comm elective may be an introductory level.

In addition, majors may choose a concentration, engage in Communication and Public Service, graduate with honors, create an independent study, participate in an internship, conduct research with a faculty member, or study abroad.

Communication majors can also earn their B.A. and M.A. in 5 years with the research and submatriculation track.

Peruse current course offerings and full course descriptions to learn more about the Communication major curriculum.

Communication majors are eligible for a variety of academic honors and awards.

General Policies

Annenberg has a longstanding policy requiring all courses that count toward the major must be taken for a letter grade (not pass/fail). In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Pass/fail courses from both the spring and fall 2020 semesters can be used towards the major with no option to uncover the grade at a later date. The change in grading policy is an exception due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  There is no guarantee that this policy will continue in future semesters.

A maximum of three major courses may be transferred from another college or university.

Annenberg students, as members of the Penn community, are responsible for adhering to the principles and spirit of the Code of Academic Integrity.