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Danielle Richardson Award with Dr. Snider

Penn State New Kensington Chancellor, Dr.  Kevin Snider, greets junior Danielle Richardson, the 2016 Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award recipient.  Read more about Danielle and the Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award.

In the 21st century workplace, professionals must regularly engage a variety of rapidly converging media practices and formats. The Bachelor of Arts in Communications at Penn State New Kensington offers graduates a competitive advantage by combining training in advanced multimedia skills with the development of critical thinking and strategic communication competencies.

Students can complete one of two four-year degree options at Penn State New Kensington – Corporate Communications or Journalism. Both options are designed to foster professionals who are capable of applying their communications expertise toward the attainment of personal, institutional and organizational goals.  

Accepted students may also choose to apply their first two years of study at Penn State New Kensington toward the completion of a wide range of other Communications degrees within the Penn State system, including programs in Advertising/Public Relations, Journalism, Film/Video and Media Studies, and Telecommunication through the College of Communications and the Communication Arts and Sciences major through the College of Liberal Arts.

Read about some of the things that former PSNK Communications students are doing in their post-graduate careers in our Alumni Profiles


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  This new February 2014 COMM chat features the experiences of a current student and a recent alumna,
  while the 2013 COMM chat covers the details of the program.

Course Descriptions

Recommended Academic Plan

The Communications Recommended Academic Plans are currently being revised.  Please see your advisor.

Transfer Guides

      Corporate Option

      Journalism Option

Major Brochure (Corporate Option)
Major Brochure (Journalism Option)

Program Assessment (pdf)