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A degree in Communication offers you a range of career opportunities in an exciting and rapidly expanding field. It is estimated that we spend nearly 75 percent of our time communicating, both verbally and non-verbally.  

In today's society we create mass-mediated content through:

  • blogs
  • mobile apps
  • social media networks
  • video sites
  • television and radio 
  • in print and in face-to-face settings

We offer a bachelor of science in communication degree with many areas of specialization to prepare you for a rewarding career in:

As a communication graduate you will have the knowledge, understanding and strong communication skills desired by employers.  You will be equipped with the skills to create successful interpersonal relationships, to contribute effectively as a member of a community, and to be a valued asset in any business. 

You can gain hands-on experience working for media organizations including Eagle MediaCU-TV-The Nest WCUC-FM-The Clutch, and The Clarion Call newspaper. Outside of class, network with communication professionals through national organizations including the American Advertising Federation Student Chapter, Public Relations Student Society of America, National Communication Association, and the Society for Collegiate Journalists.

The Department of Communication features dedicated full-time faculty who focus on your success. They deliver expert instruction, backed by industry-level equipment and facilities. This makes Clarion an excellent place to launch your professional media career or pursue graduate-level study.

To begin your communication education, contact Admissions today.

Where our alumni work

Our graduates have landed key positions in major broadcast markets, newspapers and public relations and advertising agencies. They have become photographers, event planners, graphic designers, web publishers and leaders in non-profit organizations.

  • BK Advertising  - Video Producer/Editor
  • Altoona Curve - Play by Play announcer
  • AT&T - Sr. Multimedia Designer & Developer
  • ESPN 106.7 The Fan - Sports Talk Show Host
  • MTV - Television Producer
  • Go Media - PR Account Executive
  • WTOV Television/NBC - Sports Director
  • Johnson & Johnson - Sr. Manager, Market Research
  • WQED Multimedia - Special Event Coordinator
  • IBM Corporation - VP Communications
  • Lemmonwood Productions, Inc. - Filmmaker
  • Coventry Health Care - Communication Specialist
  • Elizabeth College - Communications Professor

Department of Communication Scholarships

All students also are encouraged to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which increases your odds of receiving additional financial support through grants and other types of financial aid. When researching scholarships, be aware of scholarship deadlines, scholarship contacts and certain preferences established by some donors. 

The goal of Clarion University's Office of Scholarships is to support the academic aspirations of prospective and current students. The office is dedicated to helping students financially access a quality education. Search the database.

Communication Scholarships: 

Henry Fueg Scholarship
This scholarship was established by former students, faculty, staff and leadership of Clarion University as well as family and friends to honor Dr. Henry “Hank” Fueg. Hank served in the Department of Communication for 31 years as a faculty member, mentor, advisor, television and radio station architect and contractor. This scholarship is intended for a Communication major with a demonstrated commitment to serve in campus media.

Dr. Mary Hardwick Communication Studies Scholarship
This Scholarship was established in recognition of the contributions made to the department by Professor Emeritus Mary Hardwick. During her tenure with the department, Dr. Hardwick was dedicated to the growth and development of students as well-rounded, well-educated individuals. Students majoring in Communication Studies (and are not graduating seniors) with a QPA of 3.0 or higher, who have participated in performance activities through the department, and demonstrated active participation in the life of the university are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

Dr. James H. Cole Scholarship
A scholarship in honor of James D. Cole, the former dean of the School of Communication, is offered annually. Directed toward second semester undergraduates (15-32 credits) majoring in Communication with at least a 3.0 QPA. Final selection is made by department faculty on the basis of academic achievement, involvement in the Communication Department, and community service.

James J. Canelos Communication Scholarship
A scholarship in memory of alumnus Canelos is offered annually to a communication major, who has earned between 64 and 110 credits. Eligibility requires a minimum 3.4 QPA. Final selection is made by department faculty on the basis of academic record, contribution to the Communication Department and the university, participation in extracurricular activities, and financial need. 

Communication Department Endowed Scholarship
Offered annually by the department faculty on the basis of academic achievement (at least a 3.0 QPA), involvement in the Communication Department, and community service.

CU Mentor Program

The Department of Communication provides you with broad-based communication and writing skills, along with intensive professional career preparation. Working together with Clarion's Career Services we will help you plan your career, obtain internships and work experience, continue on to graduate school and to prepare for a job or internship.  We will even provide you with job search strategies.   

Support our Communication Upgrade Effort for Becker Hall

Your gifts will provide funding for equipment and facility upgrades to the television station, radio station and digital media labs. Additionally, it will enable current students to stream, broadcast and televise athletic events in the new Tippin arena facilities.


Office: 130 Becker Hall 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Call +1 814 393 2245
Fax  +1 814 393 2186




 "I say all this because Clarion is a place where we take students and make them leaders."

Andee O'Brien

andee O'Brien

"The Department of Communication as a whole provided so many educational and extracurricular opportunities and I knew I wanted to get involved as much as possible in an effort to build my resume."

The Department of Communication Alumni Board


Last Updated 1/19/22