Communication

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Arts, Undergraduate Minor


Program Delivery

On-Campus


Locations Available

Rindge, New Hampshire

As a Communication major at Franklin Pierce, you will develop into a successful professional in this communications-based society. Choose a concentration in Journalism and Media Production or Media Studies, and begin honing the skills needed to land that high-profile job you were born to pursue.

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What Makes Our Communication Program Different?

As part of the nationally-recognized political polling center at Franklin Pierce, you’ll have the opportunity to collect data with a professional pollster, write columns for publication in the Boston Herald, and interview live on Boston Herald Radio.

The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication, named after the former White House Press Secretary, offers hands-on experience in both online and print newspaper, radio, television, social media, and political campaign coverage. From your first day at Franklin Pierce, you’ll start to develop real-world skills, while editing video footage in a personal suite and scouring the campus for breaking news.

You can gain valuable experience through opportunities at Franklin Pierce to:

  • Join the Pierce Media Group for experience in television, radio and journalism
  • Host a podcast or write for a student newspaper
  • Participate in Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association Honor Society
  • Utilize recording/broadcast equipment and media editing software
  • Build a professional social media presence in your field

Students have held internships at organizations such as Dateline NBC, New Hampshire Public Radio, Fox News and Associated Press.

What Can I Do With a Communication Degree?

With your degree, you can pursue jobs or further education for careers as diverse as:

  • Advertising Manager
  • Campaign Director
  • Creative Supervisor
  • Diplomat
  • Editor
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Media Strategist
  • News Anchor
  • Publicist
  • Scriptwriter
  • Social Media Manager
  • TV/Film/Radio/Podcast
  • Producer
  • Writer/Reporter/Blogger

What do Communication students Learn?

You’ll graduate as a trained professional with the skills and talent to embark upon the career you’ve always dreamed about—and the television reel, article publications, and social media following to back it up.

See our curriculum plan to learn how you’ll progress through the program. Note that course sequences are subject to change:

  • COMM110 Journalism I
  • COMM120 Introduction to Media Production
  • COMM130 Introduction to Media Studies
  • GLE101 First Year Inquiry Seminar
  • GLE110 First Year Composition I
  • 4 Additional Electives*

*Please refer to the Academic Catalog for full listing of elective options

  • COMM210 Journalism II
  • COMM220 Visual Design
  • COMM221 Multi-Camera Production or
  • COMM230 Interpersonal Communication
  • Communication Elective
  • GLE120 First Year Composition II
  • 5 Additional Electives*

*Please refer to the Academic Catalog for full listing of elective options

  • COMM310 Convergent Journalism or
  • COMM330 Media Criticism
  • Area of Concentration Elective
  • Area of Concentration Elective
  • 6 Additional Electives*

*Please refer to the Academic Catalog for full listing of elective options

  • COMM400 Capstone in Communication
  • Area of Concentration Elective
  • 8 Additional Electives*

*Please refer to the Academic Catalog for full listing of elective options

Choose at least three courses (9 credits) with at least two courses
at 300-level and above Journalism & Media Production

  • COMM211 Broadcast Journalism I
  • COMM214 Science Reporting
  • COMM215 Sports Reporting
  • COMM311 Broadcast Journalism II
  • COMM315 Television News Producing
  • COMM316 Feature Writing
  • COMM321 Single-Camera Production
  • COMM324 Audio Production
  • COMM325 Animation I
  • COMM326 Animation II
  • COMM410 Advanced Journalism
  • COMM420 Advanced Media Production
  • COMM202/302/402 Internship in Communication

  • COMM231 Diversity and Media
  • COMM232 Understanding Film
  • COMM234 Film Genres
  • COMM235 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM333 Media and Culture
  • COMM334 Media Theory
  • COMM336 Gender and Media Representation
  • COMM337 Children and the Media
  • COMM345 American Political Culture and Media
  • COMM430 Advanced Media Studies Seminar
  • COMM202/302/402 Internship in Communication

Who should Study Communication?

You’ll find this major a good fit if you have or want to develop:

  • Curiosity, determination and perseverance
  • Understanding of values and context to ask probing questions
  • Strong sense of ethics and commitment to the common good
  • Strong writing, editing and speaking skills

CONTACT Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication

Dr. Kristen Nevious
Director of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication
(603) 899-1039
neviousk@franklinpierce.edu
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.