Department of Telecommunications

Telecommunications impacts everyone every day. It encompasses a wide variety of electronic media, including radio and television broadcasting, cable and satellite, the Internet, and wired and mobile telephones.

The department trains students for careers in the telecommunications industries and is an internationally recognized center for research on telecommunications issues. Our overarching goal is to prepare informed, responsible professionals for leadership roles in telecommunications and to conduct research and outreach that improved the functioning of telecommunications in modern society.

Students in the major explore fundamental theories and current industry practices, with an emphasis on developing the skills necessary to become industry leaders.

Through hands-on, real-life experiences students conceive and complete projects such as webcasts of the annual Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) and the Homecoming parade.Those events are viewed by thousands of people all over the world. (VIDEO: About the Homecoming parade project.)

In the rapidly evolving telecommunications field, students are prepared to work work in the telecommunications industry in a variety of capacities.

Emphasis on Teaching

Teaching is at the heart of the department's mission. With more than 170 years combined teaching experience, the telecommunications department has one of the strongest faculties anywhere in the world. Our teaching is based on a foundation of industry experience and scholarly research. The telecommunications faculty have more than 80 years combined industry experience, ranging from managing local radio stations to serving as regulatory counsel for some of the largest cable and telephone companies in the world.

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