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Jan 31 2018

Media and Professional Communications (BA)

Nearly 117,000 Market Research Analyst and Marketing Specialist positions will open by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The projected job growth in these fields is around 40 percent, much faster than the national average for all careers.

This major provides students with a rigorous education in the theories of mass media process, history, and ethics as well as the opportunity to specialize in one of three professional practice areas: corporate and community relations, writing for the professions, or digital media.

The three tracks are designed to strengthen both the knowledge base and proficiencies of students pursuing careers in communication fields, such as print, television, radio, film, new media, and corporate and organizational communications. This program also will benefit students pursuing careers in a variety of industries in which communication with internal and external audiences is critical. Learn more about our featured internship opportunity with Pitt Panther TV. and other internship opportunities, today.

The Department of English and Film Studies Program are grateful for the continued support of our sponsoring partners, which provide grants for Pitt undergraduates pursuing media, public relations, and film internships. The funds provide grants for unpaid internships and/or support for living expenses for out-of-town internships. Awards are given on a competitive basis. Also, the University stipulates that students cannot be employed by Pitt while receiving stipends for internships. For more information on grant opportunities, contact Internship Coordinator, Tom McWhorter. You can also download a grant application here .

Students must earn a minimum of 120 credits for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in media and professional communications. Of this total, the major consists of 12 credits of prerequisite courses and 24 credits of specialization courses. The remaining credits for the degree are outlined on the Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree information sheet. A grade of C or better is required in English composition and writing courses.

For course schedule and descriptions, visit www.courses.as.pitt.edu .

Prerequisite courses for all tracks: 12 credits

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