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Communication Arts

Learn about communication while taking classes in film, theatre, digital media, journalism, literature, and creative writing.

Communication Arts B.A. Degree

The bachelor of arts in Communications gives students a foundational understanding of human communication and provides the opportunity to understand humans as thinkers and storytellers, in personal interaction, media, and writing. Students can take courses in film, theatre, digital media, journalism, literature, and creative writing and can learn about communication in a variety of professional and creative contexts.

Because of its flexibility, this bachelor of arts in communication arts is also ideal for students who have completed a two-year degree in another field and are intending to transfer to Keystone College.

Communications A.A. Degree

The communications curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundation that will prepare them to continue baccalaureate studies in corporate communications, English, journalism, creative writing, digital media and/or radio broadcasting.

Minor

The minor in communications is appropriate for students majoring in a variety of disciplines because it is designed to provide a deeper understanding of the communication processes and it can influence social, cultural, and political processes.

WKCV Radio

The Voice of Keystone College, a student-run, on-campus, radio station.

Performing Arts

Keystone Players theater and performing arts group.

The Key

Keystone College’s official student newspaper.

The Plume

A student literary and art magazine.

Internship and Experiential Learning Opportunities

Experiential Learning  and Internship are opportunities for you to apply classroom principles to real-world situations and explore career options. Our students have done exciting internships at various places including Atlantic Recording Corp., Dateline NBC, FOX 56/WB 38, Happenings Magazine, The Conan O’Brien Show, Walt Disney World College Program, WBRE, and ESPN.

Graduates Success

Keystone graduates have been hired by:

  • The Abington Journal
  • Atlantic Recording Company
  • The Bridge, Inc.
  • Citadel Communications
  • Clear Channel Radio (Allentown)
  • Crowne Plaza Allentown
  • ESPN
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Idea Works
  • Life Spire Day Hospital
  • St. Michael’s School for Boys
  • Shawnee Inn and Resort
  • Susquehanna County Department of Economic Development
  • Times Leader
  • TMG Health
  • The Villager (newspaper)
  • Walt Disney World
  • The Weinstein Company/Genius Products
  • Weston Inc.
  • Wilkes Barre Publishing Co.

Communication degree graduates have pursued the following additional educational opportunities: Drexel University – Bachelor’s, Communications; Long Island University, Master’s Media Arts; Marywood University – Master’s: Professional Studies: Organizational Leadership; Quinnipiac University – Master’s, Journalism.

Your Future in Communications

A sampling of entry level communications positions and salary ranges:

  • Actor/Performer: $34,612 – $51,282
  • Advertising Clerk: $27,026 – $40,306
  • Audio Visual Technician: $32,109 – $43,992
  • Broadcast Technician: $26,741 – $44,569
  • Copywriter I: $28,108 – $38,109
  • Desktop Publishing Manager: $31,698 – $41,689
  • Director (Stage, Motion Pictures, TV): $20,532 – $31,309
  • Grants/Proposal Writer: $35,452 – $43,576
  • Graphic Design Specialist: $35,920 – $45,383
  • Photographer: $35,987 – $49,723
  • Print Editor: $40,358 – $53,537
  • Production Assistant: $18,654 – $29,216
  • Proofreader: $27,856 – $38,495
  • Reporter: $23,827 – $28,905
  • Speech Writer: $51,532 – $65,797
  • Tape Editor: $22,114 – $34,632
  • Technical Writer: $37,173 – $47,988
  • Videographer: $34,084 – $58,105

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Communication Arts B.A. Degree
First Year
First Semester

  • First Year Seminar
  • Academic Writing I
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Free Elective
  • Social & Behavioral Science Elective
  • Critical and Analytical Reading
Second Semester

  • Academic Writing II – Literature Survey
  • Mass Communications
  • Math Elective (1125 or higher)
  • Technology Elective
  • Health and Wellness Elective
Second Year
First Semester

  • Speech Communication
  • Literature Elective 2,000+ level
  • Curricular Elective
  • Natural Science Lab Elective
  • Social & Behavioral Science Elective
Second Semester

  • Professional Speech
  • Curricular Elective
  • Math or Science Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
Third Year
First Semester

  • Communication Theory
  • Advanced Writing Elective
  • Advanced Curricular Elective
  • Communication or Journalism Ethics
  • Free Elective
Second Semester

  • Communication Internship
  • Advanced Curricular Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
Fourth Year
First Semester

  • Capstone Seminar I
  • Advanced Communications Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
Second Semester

  • Capstone Seminar II
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Sufficient Free Elective to achieve 120 credits

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

Curriculum Guide for the Communications A.A. Degree
First Year
First Semester

  • First Year Seminar
  • College Writing I – Academic Writing
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Math Elective
  • Health and Wellness Elective
  • Social / Behavioral Science Elective
  • Critical and Analytical Reading or Critical and Analytical Reading exempt
Second Semester

  • College Writing II – Writing About Literature
  • Curricular Elective
  • Mass Communication
  • Natural Science Lab Elective
  • Technology Elective
Second Year
First Semester

  • Literature Elective 2,000+ level
  • Arts & Humanities Elective
  • Social / Behavioral Science Elective
  • Curricular Elective
  • Speech Communication
  • Free Elective
Second Semester

  • Literature Elective 2,000+ level
  • Professional Speech
  • Curricular Elective
  • Curricular Elective
  • Experiential

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Hands on Experience

Study Abroad

You can explore your academic goals in an international setting and global environment. The experience of living in a new country will build your self-confidence, add valuable skills to your tool box, and will alter how you view yourself, the world, and your own country.

Capstone Experience

Your senior year presents a valuable opportunity to enhance your professional portfolio by researching and preparing an original project. The first semester requires demonstration of both critical and creative thinking skills as well as research capabilities acquired as a Communication Arts and Humanities major. The second semester is the production of your proposed project.

Undergraduate Research

The process of research and discovery while working with a faculty mentor enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.

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