Why study communications at Elizabethtown College?
The Department of Communications offers an interactive and innovative curriculum to prepare you for a career in radio, television, corporate communications, public relations, marketing, and social media. Our alums are leaders in the communications field having found jobs and internships at companies such as Twitter, ESPN, MTV, NBC-10 Philadelphia, B 101 FM, WGAL-TV, Philadelphia Phillies, WebpageFX, PA Breast Cancer Coalition, Ready Training, Inc., and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
You'll learn communication theory, production techniques and principles of program design and management for a wide range of communications opportunities. You will also build a solid foundation and the skills necessary for advancing in your career – writing, speaking, production and strategic communication.
With recently renovated facilities, you’ll be able to practice all the skills and theories you’ll learn in a practical hands-on environment. Through internships and campus media, opportunities to gain real-world experience are everywhere at Elizabethtown College:
- Host and produce your own weekly radio show in the radio station, WWEC 88.3.
- Satisfy a client’s needs through strategic communications plans with the JayFirm, the student-run public relations firm.
- Report on community events as a news reporter with ECTV Channel 40 in the studio or on the road in the mobile production unit.
- Write and report stories for the College’s award winning newspaper, The Etownian.
- Serve as an intern with a local company or nonprofit organization.
The Department of Communications offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with two concentrations: corporate communications and mass communications. All communications students take cores classes to develop key skills necessary in both corporate environments and media newsrooms and production houses. From graphic design and public speaking, to writing for all types of media and learning theory that frames human communication, you’ll gain skill sets that will prepare you for success after graduation. As a senior you will produce a project for a client in the community to showcase your communications knowledge and skills.
Each student compiles a portfolio of work samples from class assignments and professional work they have completed at internships and as members of student media and organizations like the JayFirm the student-run public relations. This portfolio is a valuable tool that students use as they interview for communications jobs.
Our knowledgeable and engaging professors, who all have professional experience working in the areas in which they teach, are willing to help you inside and outside of the classroom to help maximize your experience at Elizabethtown College.
Want to hear from our faculty and current students about what a major in communications can do for you? Visit us on campus!