Marie Hardin, Interim Dean of the College of Communications, standing inside the Carnegie Building.Marie Hardin, Dean of the College of Communications

The Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State provides the opportunities and resources of a large university with the personalized feel and support of a small school. As the largest accredited program of its kind in the nation, students can find a place where they can fit and succeed.

Our four departments — Advertising/Public Relations; Film-Video and Media Studies; Journalism; and Telecommunications — offer five undergraduate majors. Graduate students may pursue a master’s degree in media studies or a Ph.D. program in mass communications, with several distinct areas of emphasis.

Faculty members blend strong academic and professional backgrounds and possess a commitment to excellence in teaching, research and service. Along with nine research centers and special programs within the College, students benefit from on-campus visits from academics and professionals at the top of their fields for endowed lectures and special programs.

In addition, a team of advisers in the College provides information and insights for students who have questions ranging from scheduling to selecting a major.

Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, 1995-2015


At a Glance

Mission Statement

To prepare students to take their place in an information-rich society and in the professions as active, critical and ethical participants. Our activities promote effective, responsible use of communications media and technologies by individuals, organizations, industries and government.

Annual Reports & Strategic Plan

Annual Report

Strategic Plan

Page last updated: April 21, 2017