Department of Communication

School of the Humanities

The communication major at Messiah College combines theoretical understanding with hands-on experience such as internships and practicums to prepare you to be an effective, gracious and ethical communicator. 

As a communication major at Messiah, you will master various forms of communication (oral, written, visual, virtual) and gain an understanding of communication processes among individuals as well as within varying cultures and societies throughout history.

The major is designed to permit you to take courses in areas that interest you most and Messiah's proximity to Pennsylvania's state capital, Harrisburg, provides numerous internship opportunities in a wide range of areas, including government and commercial fields.

As a communication major at Messiah College, you'll be able to:

  • Have the flexibility to double-major or minor, study abroad or participate in cross-cultural or external courses, including a semester at the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, Tenn., or the Washington Journalism Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in The Pulse, Messiah College's student media hub, which includes WVMM, an FCC-licensed FM radio station; with Channel 13, a cable access TV channel; with the Swinging Bridge, the campus newspaper; with The Clarion, the College's online yearbook; or with The Pulse's thriving social media pages.
  • Have the opportunity to be inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society.
  • Continue your education through a variety of graduate programs.
  • Work alongside faculty on research projects in a variety of communication-related subject areas and communication pedagogy.

Major Requirements

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Minor Requirements

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Communication major at Messiah College

Messiah's proximity to Pennsylvania's state capital, Harrisburg, provides numerous internship opportunities in a wide range of areas.

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Numerous internships available locally in public relations, broadcasting, marketing, journalism and film.
Instructional facilities include Parmer Cinema, which features state-of-the-art projection equipment and review-room quality surround sound. 
Messiah's student newspaper, yearbook, television and radio station have been brought together into a multimedia setting- The Pulse: Messiah College Media Hub addresses the changing landscape of the journalism field.
Digital editing labs
Professional equipment and space, including broadcast quality microphones, digital audio recorder, HD cinema and DLSR camera, a soundproof booth and green screen studio.
Study with a professor who is also a part-time sports anchor; one who regularly publishes and present research through the Society for Cinema and Media Scholars; or another who has served as a communication consultant.