Communication Studies

As a Communication Studies major or minor, you'll gain the skills and hands-on experience you need to take your place among tomorrow's communication leaders.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Major On Campus 120 (18 for minor)

Why Study Communication Studies at Wilkes?

From your first day, you'll get hands-on opportunities to operate state-of-the-art equipment used in television, radio, public relations and journalism. Faculty and staff mentors will work with you to tailor one of our four specializations to meet your interests. A strong theoretical foundation matched with practical courses and experiences will prepare you for a range of careers or graduate school.

Curriculum   Admission Requirements

What You Will Learn as a Communication Studies Major?

  • You'll master core communications skills such as public speaking, mass media literacy, news writing and multimedia communication. You will sharpen your skills and build a solid foundation.
  • You'll then choose to concentrate in one of four areas: media production, multimedia journalism, rhetorical studies or strategic communication.
  • The knowledge you gain in the classroom, coupled with the hands-on learning you experience through our wide range or cocurricular and extracurricular activities, will help you stand out in the job market.



cocurricular activities to give you practical experience


concentrations focus your passion while you gain a broad base of skills

$4 million

state-of-the-art communication center built for collaboration

I chose communications because of the many different avenues I could pursue. I didn't want to make the wrong decision and pigeonhole myself into one career path.Kirsten Peters '21 Communication Studies

Program Highlights

Strong Mentorship

You'll work closely with dedicated professors in a challenging atmosphere that fosters professional growth and teamwork.

Hands-On Experience

You'll find multiple opportunities for hands-on experience with the student-run newspaper, public relations agency, cable TV channel and radio station, as well as the speech and debate team.

Global Opportunities

Study abroad options range from a week studying history and communications in London to summers of service learning in Tanzania. You can also select a full-semester program.

Cocurriculars | Find Your Voice

The Beacon Student Newspaper

The Beacon staff comprises Wilkes University students who are advised by a full-time faculty member of the Communication Studies department.

Telecommunications Center (Wilkes Now)

The Telecommunications Center educates young media professionals and provides services to the local community by managing and programming educational-access cable channel 97 for Service Electric Cable, Wilkes-Barre, and one closed-circuit channel.

90.7 WCLH-FM Radio Station

WCLH is an independent, specialty programming radio station operated by Wilkes students. Our programming, which changes each semester, consists of hardworking underground bands that are not part of mainstream radio.

Zebra PR
Zebra Communications

Zebra Communications is a student-run, full-service public relations agency of a different stripe. Zebra Communications is staffed by 30 undergraduate advanced public relations students.

Speech and Debate Teams

All team meeting are held in the speech and debate office in the Karambelas Media and Communication Center Room 126.

Careers & Outcomes

The hands-on focus of the Wilkes Communication Studies major will prepare you for a wide variety of career options in the private, government and nonprofit sectors. Below are selected employers for our graduates, as well as example of where our alumni attend graduate school.


  • LinkedIn
  • Harvard University
  • Merck & Co.
  • Times Leader
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Kraft Foods
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

Graduate Schools

  • Columbia University
  • Villanova University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of North Carolina