Undergraduate Program

2020 Undergraduate Communication Major Award Winners

On Sunday, May 17, the Annenberg School for Communication held its annual undergraduate graduation ceremony, honoring the Communication majors graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. This year's graduation speaker was alumna Katie Koeblitz (C'09). In addition to recognizing each graduate, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Felicity (Litty) Paxton presented the following awards.

Toni Walker C'20 Visits South Africa to Study Black Womxn and Queer Artists

Graduating Communication major Toni Walker C’20 spent 12 days in South Africa conducting research as part of her undergraduate fellowship with the Annenberg School’s Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication. What follows is her first person account of the trip and how it informed her work.

Communication Majors Complete 2020 Senior Honors Theses

Ten Communication majors completed senior theses this year. These Penn seniors wrote an honors thesis and/or a Communication and Public Service (ComPS) thesis. All will graduate with honors at Annenberg’s Communication major graduation ceremony next month.

Typically, students present their thesis projects in person to a group of faculty, staff, and fellow students; however, due to courses moving to a digital format in light of the coronavirus crisis, this year students recorded their presentations and shared them online.

Undergrads Explore How Rituals Shape Our World

From graduations to wedding ceremonies, baby showers to retirement parties, our lives are ordered by a series of rituals. But how do these rituals develop over time and what do they tell us about culture and society at large?

Undergraduate students in COMM 388: Ritual Communication — taught by Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Litty Paxton — are taking a deep dive into the unique language of ritual to explore some of the answers to these questions.

Annenberg in Washington Program Supports Internships for Communication Majors

This summer, 11 Communication majors interned in Washington, D.C. through the Annenberg in Washington (AIW) program. AIW provides $6,000 stipends to participating students to support their summer living expenses. Each student receives experience in how communication is used in public service through their internships at government, political, nonprofit, advocacy, media, and other organizations in the nation’s capital.


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