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Thiel College’s department of Media, Communication and Public Relations offers five majors, four minors, and many hands-on opportunities. Students learn at the new, state-of-the-art James Pedas Communication Center on campus, which provides access to top-notch resources and equipment. Students also consult with on-site coaches to perfect their work and explore production values to implement in individual and group assignments and projects. No matter what program you choose, you can expect to receive one-on-one instruction and guidance from faculty who have professional media experience.

Students and faculty are able to borrow production equipment from the James Pedas Communication Center in order to complete interactive classroom media assignments and field productions. In order to request rental equipment, you must complete the form below. Contact Assistant Professor of Communication Ross Nugent at or 724-589-2018 for any questions.

“I always wanted to be a reporter. I loved to talk to people, to tell the story ... To put {media writing} into play in a classroom setting with cameras and teamwork. Trying to create the 'station' feel ... I definitely feel like I learned the most in that, I grew the most.” Danielle Dwyer ’11

Several majors and minors to choose from!

Being one of the biggest departments at Thiel, we offer several majors. Each program helps students create and refine innovative electronic portfolios to meet current standards of professionalism. Majors include:

  • Business & financial journalism
  • Communication studies
  • Media & journalism
  • Public relations, advertising & integrated marketing communication

Students have an extensive list of unique courses to choose from. Recent classes include online, television & radio newswriting, popular music as mass communication and film in american culture.

The department also offers four minors that students can choose to pursue in conjunction with their major. These minors include: communication studies, film studies, media communication, and public relations.

Clubs and Activities

If you’re interested in getting involved in campus activities, Thiel has many options! The James Pedas Communication Center houses our campus media which includes TCTV (Thiel College Television), WXTC (our FCC-licensed radio station), and The Thielensian (our student-run newspaper.) Campus media allows students to gain hands-on experience with their classmates. Not only that, but it also looks great on a resume and students can even earn course credit for participating!

Members of the campus media are eligible to join the Society for Collegiate Journalists as well. Majors can also join Lambda Pi Eta, Thiel’s chapter of the honor society of the National Communication Association. In their junior or senior year, students often take advantage of internship and study abroad opportunities too!

Career Opportunities

Classes at Thiel prepare students for positions in their chosen field, from public relations to television broadcasting to print journalism. Alumni have gone on to become reporters, public relations coordinators and directors of communications. The faculty at Thiel assist students in developing the skills they need, as well as pointing them in the right direction!

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Ready to learn more about studying communication, journalism, media or public relations at Thiel? Request more information now!