Penn State College of Communications

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College of Communications
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Established 1985
Type Public
Dean Marie Hardin
Location University Park, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus University Park
Website College of Communications

The College of Communications is the journalism and mass communications college of the Pennsylvania State University at the University Park campus. The college offers undergraduate, masters, and PhD degrees. The college is home to the departments of Advertising/Public Relations, Film-Video and Media Studies, Journalism, and Telecommunications.

Undergraduate programs[edit]

Undergraduate Majors

  • Advertising/Public Relations - [1], Bob Baukus, Head of Department
    • Advertising option
    • Public Relations option
    • Strategic Communications option (World Campus only)
  • Film-Video & Media Studies - [2], Anthony Olorunnisola, Head of Department
    • Film-Video Major
    • Media Studies Major

There has been a new joint program that combines both the Film-Video major with the Mechanical Engineering major from the Penn State College of Engineering. Students enrolled in this major are classified as Film Engineers. Currently only one student is enrolled in this new program.

  • Journalism - [3], Ford Risley, Head of Department
  • Telecommunications - [4], Matt Jackson, Head of Department

Masters Programs[edit]

  • Media Studies
  • Telecommunications Studies

PhD Programs[edit]

Ph.D. Programs in Mass Communications

  • Media Effects
  • Political, Cultural Communication Studies
  • International Communications
  • Law Policy



The College of Communications is housed in Carnegie Building.
The college also has 12 labs for student use on the University Park campus:

  • Donald W. Davis Advertising Laboratory
  • Audio Laboratory
  • Digital Broadcast News Laboratory
  • Gannett Foundation New Media Laboratory
  • Media Effects Laboratory
  • New Media Laboratory
  • News Writing Laboratory
  • Advanced Video Editing Laboratory
  • Television Studio
  • Analog Edit Suite
  • Finesta Digital Editing Laboratory
  • Pro Tools Studio
  • ComRadio, a student-run Web-based radio station,[1] [5]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ description, 2003

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°47′47″N 77°51′54″W / 40.79647°N 77.86487°W / 40.79647; -77.86487