Quick Facts

Career Options

There are many career paths for college graduates with a degree in communication. Even within a specialized track of study, graduates find that there are numerous opportunities in a wide array of fields.

Strategic Communication Concentration

Among the many jobs students in the strategic communication concentration can consider are:

  • Marketing Specialist
  • Lobbyist
  • Publicity Manager
  • Media Relations
  • Advertising Specialist
  • Communication Director of Hospital/College/Non-Profit
  • Human Resources
  • Creative Director
  • Corporate Public Affairs

New Media Concentration

Possible careers for new media students include:

  • Casting Director
  • Reporter
  • News Writer
  • Talk Show Host
  • Producer
  • Floor Director
  • Disc Jockey
  • News Anchor
  • Copy Writer
  • Newspaper Editor

Visual Communication

Visual communication students can choose from many careers, including:

  • Advertising Director
  • Web Art Director
  • Photojournalism
  • Magazine Editor
  • Computer Animation
  • Illustrator
  • Website Designer

Other Career Options

A number of different fields hire communication majors because of their excellent written and verbal communication skills. Some other possible career paths could include:

  • Lawyer
  • Social Worker
  • Politician
  • Writer
  • Teacher
  • Actor

Clubs and Organizations

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.

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.

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."

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.


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.


Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum