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Declaring the Communication Major

Are you ready to join the major? Learn more about the prerequisites, timing, and procedures. 

Before declaring the Communication major, students must first be accepted into the College of Arts & Sciences at Penn. While the School of Arts & Sciences (SAS) formally confers the B.A. in Communication, Annenberg School faculty design the major’s curriculum, teach the Communication courses, and admit students to the major.

How to Declare

Prerequisite Coursework

Before applying to the major, students must complete or be enrolled in the following courses:

When to Declare

Students must declare the major during the semester in which they completed or are enrolled in the third of these prerequisite courses.

We strongly encourage students to declare the major no later than the second semester of their sophomore year, in order to allow time to easily complete all the major’s requirements by the end of their senior year. Students may, however, apply as late as the first semester of their junior year.

The Application

Students who have completed and/or are enrolled in their prerequisite coursework can declare the major by completing the short application form. After your application has been processed and accepted, you will receive a letter formally welcoming you to the major.

Declare the Communication Major

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Questions?

For questions about the major, prospective and admitted Communication majors can meet with a member of the Undergraduate team. You may also find your questions answered in our FAQ page.

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Major Requirements

Majors take 14 courses - 11 in Communication and 3 electives from other departments. 

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What Can You Do With a Comm Major?

Almost anything! Our graduates find success in media, business, law, academia, and beyond.

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Academic Opportunities

Conducting research, getting credit for an internship, studying abroad - your Comm major can take you in exciting directions.

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