The Department of Communication/Journalism is one of only 113 university journalism and mass communication programs worldwide to receive professional accreditation. The department is the only university in the PA State System of Higher Education, and just one of three universities in Pennsylvania, to have earned professional accreditation. The organization that oversees external review and grants accreditation of journalism and mass communications programs is the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).
Accreditation is a system of voluntary self-assessment and external review of educational institutions and of professional programs offered by those institutions. Accreditation provides an assurance of quality to students, parents, and the public. In the accrediting process, the performance of educational units is measured against national standards. You can find the ACEJMC national standards here.
The mission of the Communication/Journalism Department is to prepare students for careers in journalism, digital media, public relations and related communication fields and for graduate study. The Department informs its learning, teaching and mentoring with scholarly inquiry in the history, law, ethics, and professional and creative processes and effects of journalism and communications. The current annual assessment report for the undergraduate program is here.
The Department of Communication/Journalism has grown to serve over 300 undergraduate students seeking a degree in journalism, digital media and/or public relations. All undergraduate majors take a core of five common classes and specialize in one of the three concentrations the department offers. These three concentrations (Electronic Media, Print Media and Public Relations) each provide a four-course sequence, internships and elective courses that lead to professional competence in the student’s chosen field. Current student retention and graduation data tables are here.
The Department of Communication/Journalism also provides a hybrid (on campus/online) master's degree in digital media and/or strategic public relations. The goal of the program is to provide graduate students with the opportunity to refine and build skills necessary to excel in a professional working environment. Curriculum includes courses in social and mass media and PR writing, content creation and publishing via Adobe Creative Suite and other electronic media apps, media research and analysis, and media law and ethics. The current annual assessment report for the graduate program is here.
Each faculty member in the communication/journalism program brings to the classroom a strong balance of both professional and academic qualifications. The department prides itself on maintaining strong relationships with communications and journalism professionals in the region. Because of our commitment to developing student journalistic and communications skills, faculty members also participate actively in advising co-curricular student media and public relations groups. You can meet the faculty here.