College of Communications

Students entering Penn State SU15, FA15, or SP16

Entrance to College

To enter the college in premajor status, a student must have a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade-point average (CGPA).

Entrance to Major (ETM) Requirements

ETM Requirements for majors in the College of Communications
Major Minimum Cumulative GPA Credits/Courses/Grades Additional Criteria
Advertising/Public Relations (AD PR) * 3.30

Credit window: 40-59 cumulative credits

Courses required with a grade of C or better:

  • ENGL 015 or 030 or ESL 015
  • ECON 102
Film-Video (FILM) 2.00

43.5 credits completed and/or in progress

Courses required with a grade of C or better:

  • COMM 150
  • COMM 242
See Film Portfolio Requirements for additional information
Journalism (JOURN) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification  
Media Studies (MEDIA) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification  
Telecommunications (TELCM) 2.00 Minimum third-semester classification  


* The AD PR major is under administrative enrollment controls. To enter AD PR, students must:

  • complete the entrance requirements in the table above
  • be enrolled in the College of Communications or in the Division of Undergraduate Studies
  • apply to enter the major when they are within the 40-59 cumulative credit window