Undergraduate Program

Twelve Undergraduates Present Honors Theses

On April 20 and 21, twelve Penn seniors presented their Communication theses to a panel of professors and guests, a culmination of their year-long work. The students wrote an honors thesis and/or a Communication and Public Service Capstone Thesis as a required part of their ComPS concentration. All will graduate with honors at Annenberg’s ceremony on May 15. From feminists on TV to hate speech laws to suicide bombers, their subjects span the field of Communication.

Undergraduates Become Consultants in Joan Garry’s Course on Nonprofit Communication

With small staffs and shoestring budgets, many non-profit organizations excel at their core missions, but struggle with communication and fundraising — both crucial ingredients to survive and grow.  

Some turn to consultants, but of course a top consultant isn’t cheap. For six non-profits, another option recently came to the rescue, totally pro bono: Professor Joan Garry’s students.

Comm 386: Non-Profit Communication Strategy, offered each spring, provides a unique opportunity for students and non-profit organizations alike.

Maria Popova (C’07) to Speak at Annenberg's 2016 Undergraduate Graduation​

She describes herself as “a reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large.”

Who better to deliver the graduation address to a group of Communication majors?

A Communication major herself during her time at Penn, Maria Popova (C’07) is the founder of Brain Pickings, a website and weekly e-newsletter in which she curates and shares, well, anything and everything she finds interesting.

Annenberg in Washington Supports Summer Internships in D.C.

Whether or not one side can hear the other, there’s no doubt that Washington, D.C. is the epicenter for our nation’s political communication. Recognizing the value in experiencing that discourse firsthand, the Annenberg School for Communication recently announced the Annenberg in Washington (AIW) program to support summer internships in the nation’s capital.

Students Test Their Powers of Persuasion on Gun Control

It’s not easy to change people’s minds on political issues.

That’s one of the lessons Professor Diana Mutz hopes to impart to the undergraduates in her Media and Politics class. It’s even harder still when your tool for persuasion is a 30-second video.

Research by Undergrads Placitella and Shen Honored

Graduating major Jennarose Placitella has won 1 of only 2 Phi Beta Kappa Thesis Prizes awarded to Penn undergraduates this year. Her thesis, "Crazy or Calculated?  Dissecting the Persuasive and Propaganda Techniques in Islamic State Videos on Twitter", comes with a cash prize of $300.00. Her thesis was co-directed by Dr. Kim Woolf and David Eisenhower, J.D.

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