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Communication Studies

Wilkes University

48 months
36888 USD/year
36888 USD/year
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As a major in the Communication Studies program of Wilkes University, you will choose from one of four concentrations: media production, multimedia journalism, rhetorical studies or strategic communication. Your course of study will feature core communications requirements as well as classes specific to your chosen concentration. 


The Communication Studies program of Wilkes University is currently one of the largest academic majors in the nation.

Below are our concentrations:


The Media Production concentration prepares students for working in the rapidly changing world of digital media. Students will learn the foundation skills of audio and video production in both studio and field settings in order to create and adapt information for a wide variety of purposes. Students learn to prepare content for a host of media production platforms including television, radio, and the Internet.  This concentration also introduces students to the history, economics, regulations, and functions of the radio, television, cable and web-based media industries. It provides students with a combination of skills, performance, and theory that will enable graduates to seek employment in those industries.


The multimedia journalism concentration prepares students for this continually evolving field where new trends and technologies arc constantly having an impact on traditional practices. The Communication Studies Department addresses this transformation by incorporating these changes into its classes or developing new courses that deal with specific needs in the field. However, the core to any journalism training is the ability to work with words, gather information and synthesize that into meaningful messages for its intended audience regardless of format- print, broadcast or digital


The Rhetorical Studies concentration rests on the premise that, in order to be responsible citizens, we must be critical, ethically minded producers and consumers of a wide variety of publicly communicated messages. Contemporary rhetorical scholars inquire into the development and consumption of many of these kinds of messages, including presidential addresses, social movement discourse, radio, films and television shows, and digital communication. Keeping this context in mind, students are challenged to improve their rhetorical skills by crafting, delivering, and critiquing public presentations, practicing the rhetorical arts of listening and silence, deliberating across differences, and analyzing public discourse. As they apply these skills, students engage in critical thinking, gain a deeper understanding of their roles and responsibilities as citizens in a deliberative democracy, and improve their understanding of the power of rhetoric when adapted and communicated effectively in diverse settings.


The strategic communication concentration, which blends theory with practice, focuses on the ways in which organizations use interpersonal and ever-evolving media channels to establish mutually beneficial relationships and to accomplish specific goals. Students in this concentration will gain real world experience working with businesses and nonprofit organizations. Students will also focus on learning the theories and ethical practices of strategic communication, persuasion and public relations while developing a range of communication skills appropriate for professional settings. 

The next page of your story – career options

The hands-on nature of the Wilkes University communications studies major will help prepare you for a wide variety of career options including:

  • Radio producer
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Television producer
  • Newspaper editor
  • Public relations specialist
  • Magazine writer
  • Speech writer
  • Lawyer
  • Politician

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking
  • Principles of Communication
  • Mass Media Literacy
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Multimedia Communication
  • Communication Research Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applicants who reside within the USA, and have a valid visa, must return their completed application by:

  • August 1 (fall)
  • December 10 (spring)


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed application
  • Official High School Transcript(s) (in English). Original or certified true copy of the secondary school record.The academic report should include a list of subjects studied, a qualitative rating on a course-by-course basis and an overall rating
  • International students must present a sufficient English Language proficiency score to enroll as an undergraduate student.
  • Financial verification
  • Students must submit the main page of the passport with picture

Tuition Fee

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    36888 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 36888 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Wilkes Barre

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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