Central Penn College - Communications Associate Degree Program

Central Penn College


Associate Degree


The Associate in Science degree in Communications prepares students to communicate effectively using a variety of media. Central Penn's Communications program provides students with the main skills and experiences necessary to succeed in this career. 

You Will Learn

This degree program will help students learn public relations, journalism, multimedia productions and other areas of communications. 

  • Social media content production, editing and strategy
  • Learn how to write press releases and other written communications 
  • Identify and solve professional problems in areas of public relations, multimedia, desktop publishing, journalism, and advertising 
  • Develop a professional portfolio 
  • Differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable media copy and materials by applying industry standards 

Potential Careers 

  • Social Media Editor
  • Advertising Copywriters
  • Office and Internal Communications Manager
  • Communications and Marketing Entrepreneurship
  • Traditional and Web Broadcasters
  • Radio Engineering and Production
  • Web Content Producer

Job Outlook 

Employment is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, communications positions with a social media components are expected to rise by 10% between 2016 and 2026. Opportunities should be best for college graduates who combine a degree in journalism, social media, public relations, advertising, or another communications-related field with a public relations internship or other related work experience. With the increasing demand for corporate accountability, more emphasis will be placed on improving the image of the client, as well as on building public confidence.

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Internship/Capstone Course

As a career-oriented college, and in addition to our hands-on curriculum, Central Penn requires all students to complete an internship or capstone course. This opportunity allows students to participate and experience their future careers in the real world. Internships are 180 hours in length and include a research project tailored to the individual's career path. 

Continuing education and online students may complete a capstone course in place of the traditional internship. This can be done at both the associate and bachelor’s degree level. This course requires an extensive research project and paper related to the student’s chosen career path.

Middle States Accreditation

ACCREDITATION: Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267.284.5000; web: www.msche.org). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Status: Member since January 1977. Approved Degree Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s.

APPROVED BY: the Secretary of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to award the Master’s of Professional Studies degree, the Bachelor's of Science degree, the Associate’s in Science degree, and the Associate in Applied Science degree.

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