For Prospective Students: Why La Salle?
So, you’re interested in communication as a major. Congratulations! You clearly haven’t been scared off by those uninformed individuals who think a liberal arts degree is a one-way ticket to Unemploymentville. And you’re clearly smart enough to know that employers are looking for skilled communication graduates in today’s media-saturated, 24/7/365 information age. We’re proud of you already.
But we know what you’re thinking: Why La Salle?
Your communication career path isn’t limited to just one field. We don’t believe your education should be, either. Our curriculum provides a powerful combination of communication theory and skills, critical analysis, and hands-on experience to equip you with all you need to obtain a job in the rapidly evolving world of work.
Here are a few specific reasons you should explore La Salle’s Communication Department.
La Salle is nestled in Philadelphia, the nation’s fifth-largest media market. Career opportunities in this area are endless. Major TV and radio stations. Four major sports teams. World-renowned news publications. Home to headquarters of the largest health-care, pharmaceutical, and technology companies on the planet. Nonprofit branches. Agencies and creative think-tanks. And we have alums in all these fields.
A testament to our reputation as well as to the industry connections of our faculty and alums, the internship program at La Salle is second to none. More than 70% of our students participate in one or more internships, some starting as early as their sophomore year. Here’s an example of where some of our students intern, but feel free to browse our Internship Program in detail. We’re confident you’ve heard of some of these outfits.
|The White House||The Olympics||American Cancer Society|
|Philadelphia Eagles||FOX News||Devon International Group|
|Philadelphia Phillies||Ikea||Johnson & Johnson|
|American Red Cross||Philadelphia Inquirer||Clear Channel Radio|
We’re proud of the thousands of alumni who have been through our communication program and then gone on to excel in a wide variety of fields and careers. From Emmy Award-winning TV anchors and producers to top P.R. execs and journalists like the co-founder of USA Today to lawyers and teachers, you’ll find La Salle alums in every corner of the professional world. Read more about one of our featured alumni and browse a sample list of where our alums work today.
Experienced, Accessible, Connected Faculty
Our faculty are excellent teachers – experienced, knowledgeable, accessible, and connected to our students and to the world beyond the classroom. We know our stuff and we know our students. We take pride in being accessible to students— it’s one of the things our students like best about the COM department at La Salle.
Our Approach: Think. Do.
Our classes are small, lively, and filled with interesting discussions and activities. Our professors encourage interaction and push students to apply knowledge and learn by doing. Check out a whole section on Our Approach to see what we’re all about.
Through in-class assignments and co-curricular activities, our students gain the knowledge and experience essential to obtaining good jobs. In addition to internships, our students have many hands-on opportunities available right here on campus, including La Salle TV (in over 300,000 homes in Philadelphia), student Public Relations Society, Campus Movie Fest, our campus newspaper and literary magazine, campus radio station, and our many Student Organizations.
See what a few recent graduates have said about why they’re glad they chose La Salle. We invite you to contact us if you’d like to speak with one of our alums or schedule a visit.
“As the producer, writer, reporter, and host of my own show, ‘Mirror/Mirror,’ on the Live Well Network, I know that if your communication skills aren’t up to speed, you certainly won’t succeed.
“You need to know how to do everything in television—from writing and reporting to shooting and editing. At La Salle, I learned the basic communication skills that got me to where I am today. I was able to take what I learned in the La Salle classroom and apply it to my career. While I was a student at La Salle University, I interned for both Fox Philadelphia and CNN. I learned all sides of the business during these apprenticeships.
“My college experience at La Salle opened the doors to my future. My professional development hasn’t always been easy or glamorous; however, La Salle prepared me for the career I have today. I truly love where I am professionally and I have only La Salle to thank for that.”
“When I majored in communication at La Salle, I had the opportunity to intern with Bob Costas at the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. After graduation, I became a producer at Comcast SportsNet. La Salle’s ‘Think. Do.’ approach really paid off for me.
“No experience has been more formative in my professional life than the four years I spent as a student in the La Salle University Communication Department. Why? Well, for starters, the Communication Department provides the curriculum, facilities, and experiences you’ll need to succeed.
“You’ll be able to focus your studies in one of four areas: Communication Management, Journalism, Mass Media, or Public Relations. Regardless of discipline, our facilities will give you the chance to gain valuable experience as early as your freshman year.
“Don’t just take my word for it, though. Visit the Communication Center for yourself.”