Careers and Outcomes
Communication is a flexible major, giving our students great flexibility in their career choices.
Communication is a major that helps students understand the world they live in, taking a critical eye to the constant flow of messages that surround us — messages from the news media, social media, advertising and marketing, governments and non-profits, and more.
While building students’ analytic and writing skills, Communication asks them to examine how ideas flow from media to audiences, from corporations to consumers, from governments to citizens and vice-versa. These critical thinking skills can be applied to a wide variety of careers, and indeed our students find success in many different arenas.
The most popular areas for employment immediately following graduation include media/journalism/entertainment, marketing/advertising/public relations, consulting, retail/wholesale, consumer products, education, and nonprofit work. Many of our graduates also continue on to graduate school in law, business, the social sciences, and the humanities.
The following table contains a sampling of the kinds of opportunities recent Comm majors have gone on to pursue post-graduation:
ABC News, Senior Research Analyst Broadcast Media
Adelphi University, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
Alumni Graduation Speakers
Each year, we bring back to campus a distinguished Comm major alumnus to speak at our graduation ceremony. Hear them reflect on their Comm majors and their advice to new graduates.
In Their Own Words
In a series of Q&As, we spoke with some of our alumni, who represent a broad array of careers and class years.
Free Rein to Explore
"Studying Communications at Penn is an incredible path for students whose interdisciplinary interests don’t necessarily fit within the confines of other fields. This major allows students to study human interaction through a myriad of perspectives, ranging from constitutional law to computational text analysis and more. Majoring in Communications gave me free rein to explore, without which I never would have discovered my interests in data visualization and tech policy." —Anna Callahan C'21, Brunswick, ME