Communications in the Academy

Apropos the discussion we had Tuesday about the future of communications as a field.

Doug Anderson, Dean of Penn State University’s College of Communication, on Poynter

“This fall, we enroll 3,654 undergraduates and 79 master’s and doctoral students. Of our 3,654 undergraduates, some 1,647 are freshmen and sophomores with the remaining 2,007 enrolled as advanced sophomores or juniors or seniors in one of our five majors. Our largest major is journalism, with 717 upper-division students.

We had nearly 2,500 applications last year for this fall’s freshman class. To say that interest in mass communication remains strong would be an understatement.”

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