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A Mercyhurst degree in communication is designed to empower you to keep up with this rapidly changing field of journalism, social media, film, public relations, graphic design and more. The field of communication is broad, that’s why Mercyhurst has designed a comprehensive core program that integrates strategic communication, new media and visual communication to give you a more marketable education.

You’ll receive a solid foundation in the field through traditional classroom instruction and real-world experiences, such as internships, research projects, campaign and business proposals, documentary/film productions and trade show management. Our faculty members teach from experience; you’ll learn from a former city newspaper editor, design and social media experts and published communication theorists. You’ll also have several opportunities to network with industry professionals and alums through projects and student clubs.

Everything we do in the Communication Department prepares you for your future. Before graduation, you’ll have opportunities to job shadow and intern with a business of choice, and you’ll prepare print and online portfolios to increase your marketability to potential employers or graduate schools. 


Department video produced by a Mercyhurst communications students Joe Pudlick and Matt Teleha.


Campus Media

Communication majors at Mercyhurst have the opportunity to get hands-on experience through Mercyhurst's student media outlets.

Laker TV

The student-run television station, Laker TV, is is a great creative outlet for students interested in production and television. Housed in the lower level of the Audrey Hirt Academic Center, the station features programming produced by students, projects created in classes, coverage of major events on campus and information about the Erie community. Students create the program and produce it under student station managers. For more information, contact Brian Sheridan at (814) 824-2464 or

WMCE - FM 88.5

The campus radio station offers local programming featuring news, music, and campus events. It serves the Erie community while functioning as a great hands-on learning tool for students. The station is located in the lower level of Baldwin Hall. For more information, visit or contact Dan Geary at

The Merciad

The Merciad offers students the opportunity to work for Mercyhurst University's award-winning weekly newspaper. Students can join any of the following sections: news, features, sports, editorial, opinion, graphics, photography, advertising and web. The staff welcomes students from all majors and class years. The newspaper's office is located in the lower level of the Audrey Hirt Academic Center. For more information, visit The Merciad Web site.


Communication Clubs

Communication majors at Mercyhurst have a number of opportunities to get involved with their peers and professors outside of the classroom through clubs and organizations.


AdPro is the student chapter of AAF, the American Advertising Federation. Members include majors from several creative and professional fields, including graphic design, communication, marketing, and advertising. The organization often competes in the AAF's National Student Advertising Competition. AdPro also acts as a social organization to promote a better understanding of advertising, encourage professionalism and promote fellowship and free exchange of ideas between members.

Communication Board

Communication Board is a social organization for communication majors and minors. Its goals are to encourage interest in the field of communication, promote professional development and create closer relationships and mutual understanding between communication students as well as faculty. The organization acts as the main event planning committee for department events including a freshman welcome banquet, a Christmas party and the departments annual "Comm Week."

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta (LPE) is a national communication honor society. Students with at least a 3.0 overall GPA and 3.3 major GPA as well as 60 credit hours completed are encouraged to apply for this prestigious honor society. Members can attend a national convention as well as participate in activities such as mentoring programs, career events and graduate school seminars.

National Broadcasting Society

National Broadcasting Society (NBS) is an organization for students pursuing a career within the electronic media field. Members attend a national convention each year where they meet with professionals from television, radio, film and other electronic media outlets. The organization meets on a weekly basis and provides students with a link to the real world of broadcasting. Members who meet academic requirements may also qualify for NBS's honor society, Alpha Epsilon Rho.

Public Relations Student Society of America

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a student organization that encourages professional development in the field of public relations as well as serving as a great networking tool for students and professionals. Scholarships are available for members and there are several opportunities for members to attend conferences and to meet with other students and professionals in the field.

The undergraduate communication program is designed to prepare students for entry into the communication industry in three distinct, but complementary areas - strategic communication, new media, and visual communication.

Communication majors complete a common core sequence, with classes focused on history, ethics, criticism, theoretical foundations, research methods and basic skills (performance, visual, writing, technology). Core courses help students understand the role, practice and analysis of communication in media, social, and economic systems. A hands-on approach is used to expose students to the necessary knowledge and skills and give them practical experience for their chosen career path.

Major(s) Communication Major
Minor(s) Communication Minor
  Digital Media Minor

Ready to begin your journey in communications?  Apply online today -- it's free and getting your application started takes only a few brief minutes.  Interested students may also consult the course catalog for more information.  As a liberal arts institution, all undergraduate students complete Mercyhurst's core curriculum

The Department of Communication seeks to provide a wide-lens, hands-on and whole person approach to communication that will prepare students for an entry-level position in a variety of industries in and relating to the field of communication or to pursue study at the graduate level. To this end we: Provide a generalized curriculum in communication while simultaneously providing students the opportunity to narrow their focus within one or more areas of expertise; Facilitate a whole-student focus and hands-on approach to learning that helps students develop practical skills as well as ethics, critical thinking abilities and creativity providing the basis for lifelong learning while promoting the dignity of work; and Foster a community of learning and influence between students, alumni, faculty, administration and the community.

A bachelor's degree in Communication from Mercyhurst University prepares students to either enter the workforce at the entry level or to pursue graduate education. The learning outcomes were derived from and continue to be modified by studies of the needs of the communication industry as well as surveys and interviews with alumni who are now working in the field as well as through data collected relating to the knowledge, skills, and abilities demanded from employers in the field of communication. We recognize that because the field of communication is multi-faceted and always expanding, it is important to not simply teach students the skills they need to enter the workforce-the skills used today very well may be outdated within the next decade. Instead, we provide not only the most up-to-date skills to enter the field of communication but also theoretical knowledge paired with critical thinking, creativity and ethical skills which will allow our graduates to embrace and adapt to changes in the industry. The goal of the academic program is to produce a lifelong learner who possesses a general knowledge of the many facets of communication while specializing in one or more areas within the field.

  • Identify important information relating to the history, laws and ethics of communication and the individuals responsible for shaping the industry.
  • Explain and apply general theories and research methods used in communication.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in oral communication in both small and large group settings.
  • Write clearly and correctly in a style appropriate for the audience and objective.
  • Develop an understanding of and practice skills in current and emerging communication technologies that are relevant to the student’s area of interest.
  • Demonstrate accumulated knowledge within professional settings and situations.


Student Production

Mercyhurst Art

The Visual Communications concentration at Mercyhurst challenges and guides students to plan, produce, and execute effective communication campaigns and messages across multiple media platforms.Art Homepage

The Art Department website was collaboratively created by Tony Dorchak, Marci Wilkin, Erin Magnello, Kathleen Telaak and Mitch Phillis as a senior graphic arts project. All students are members of the graduating class of 2008.




Mercyhurst-Athletic-Department-WebsiteMercyhurst Athletic Website

Mercyhurst students report the play-by-play action of all home football, basketball, and hockey games through the college’s radio station WMCE and broadcast live over the Internet. The NCAA Division I and Division II teams at the college provide real-time experience for communication students.

Tyler Frey, communication major is the main sports announcer and John Baranowski, history major/communication minor, assists him.





Mercyhurst Tour

Check out the videos created by communication students. Students are given basic instruction in producing video in and outside of the television station. Instruction combines theoretical concepts with practical field experience. 3 credits 


Brian Sheridan
Lecturer and Director of Hurst TV, Advisor for The Merciad
Office: Hirt 102
Phone: (814) 824-2464

James B. Lohrey
Assistant Professor of Communication
Office: Hirt 108
Phone: (814) 824-2425

Meghan Waskiewicz
Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Communications
Office: Hirt-120A
Phone: 814-824-3389

William Welch
Office: Library, Room 413
Phone: (814) 824-3362