Why Study Communication/Journalism

Shippensburg University offers a Bachelor of Arts in communication/journalism with an emphasis in print media, public relations or electronic media. The goal of the Department of Communication/Journalism is to prepare our students for entry-level positions in mass communication or advanced study in communications, law, or business. You will gain a background in liberal arts and science and a solid grounding in communication studies.

Why Study Communication/Journalism at Ship

Ship offers state-of-the-art facilities, reputation, and value. Our writing and desktop design computer labs, tablet lab, and radio and television studios are digitally outfitted with professional, industry-standard equipment. You will have access to these facilities right away by participating in our student media organizations and courses. Our faculty have advanced degrees, many with doctorates, and extensive experience in their fields.

Undergraduate communication/journalism students have access to the latest industry hardware and software, including:

  • Adobe Creative Suite with Dreamweaver and InDesign
  • Apple Studio and Final Cut Pro HD
  • Microsoft Office
  • DVD Studio Pro

Audio Suites: Rowland Hall is equipped with computer editing stations utilizing Adobe Audition and Apple Logic software. One suite, funded by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, is a fully functioning MIDI recording studio outfitted with M-Audio ProTools recording software and gear, as well as electronic keyboard and drums.

Photography Labs: Equipped for digital and black-and-white processing and printing, your will have access to digital cameras, enlargers, and assorted film processing equipment.

  • TV Studio: Grove Hall has a full-functioning TV production center equipped with:
  • Three Hitachi digital studio cameras with teleprompters
  • A Grass Valley Kayak digital production switcher
  • Final Cut Pro HD non-linear editing systems
  • Panasonic A/B Roll editing stations
  • DV and HD Panasonic ENG camcorders
  • CNN Newsource

The TV production center also has a mobile TV production van equipped with four Sony VX1000 MiniDV cameras and Panasonic instant replay tape decks to produce live and live-on-tape events and sports contests for broadcast on Comcast Cable and on-campus TV.

Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates

Opportunities for professional internships with local, regional, national, and international media and businesses are always available to qualified juniors and seniors. The department maintains a computerized database to assist students in finding internships that may lead to entry-level positions. These opportunities prepare Shippensburg graduates for careers in all branches of mass media:

  • Journalists
  • Web designers
  • Radio and television reporters
  • Editors
  • Sports directors
  • Radio announcers
  • Television producers
  • Program directors
  • Disk jockeys
  • Photographers
  • Advertising salespeople and copywriters
  • Public relations professionals in business, industry, government
  • Education

The average salary for communication/journalism jobs in PA is $39,000.  

Major and Minor Requirements

To graduate with a major in communication/journalism, you need to complete:

  • 33-39 credits of communication/journalism courses
  • 15 credits of interdisciplinary electives, which can be satisfied with a minor in another discipline
  • Proficiency in a foreign language
  • MAT117 Applied Statistics

To minor in communication/journalism you are required to take 18 credits. See the Undergraduate Catalog for specific course requirements.  


Bachelor of Arts in communication/journalism students can choose an emphasis in one of the following areas:


The Department of Communication/Journalism at Shippensburg University is one of 108 programs accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). It is the only accredited mass communication/journalism program among the 14 public universities in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.

Student Groups

Student media organizations provide hands-on experience vital to entering the communication/journalism profession. All students are strongly encouraged to participate in The Slate (campus weekly newspaper), WSYC-FM (campus radio station), the Cumberland (campus yearbook), SUTV (campus and local cable TV channel), the Public Relations Student Society of America, SUPR (an official PRSSA student-run PR firm), and the National Broadcasting Society. Also, the department has a multicultural student group — the United Communication Association (UCA) — to function as a support and networking group of students from underrepresented groups in the program. Involvement in each of these groups also offers students several different leadership opportunities.

Contact Information

Communication/ Journalism
Rowland Hall 108, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1521
Department Website