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This major is designed for students who are interested in combining both communication skills and creativity. Communication majors will be immersed in consumer driven activities using modern technology and software programs to design digital publications and address a wide variety of media needs and concerns. Concentrations will include Journalism, Photography, Graphic Design & Publications, Film Production, and Digital Media (website & game design).

Recommended Program of Study

Grade 9

  1. English I
  2. Integrated Math I
  3. Integrated Science I
  4. Geography/Civics
  5. Physical Education/Health
  6. Graphic Design I
  7. World Language
  8. Elective

Grade 10

  1. English II
  2. Integrated Math II
  3. Biology
  4. Economics
  5. Physical Ed/Drivers Ed/ 10th Seminar
  6. Journalism I
  7. Graphic or Media Design II
  8. World Language

Grade 11

  1. English III
  2. Integrated Math III
  3. Science course
  4. US History
  5. Graphic or Media Design III
  6. Journalism II
  7. Elective
  8. Elective

Grade 12

  1. English IV
  2. Mathematics class
  3. Elective
  4. Graphic or Media Design IV
  5. World History
  6. Elective
  7. Ind Study (Penn Publications)
  8. Elective

Additional courses or electives that relate to this major:

Journalism courses
Penn Publications

Creative Writing courses


Art Design (Visual and/or Commercial Design)

Legal Studies courses
Penn Publications, Penn Crier, Penn Quill, Spectrum

Online courses: Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Below are recommended courses for each Communications’ pathways. Communication majors are encouraged to take as many of the Communication courses that are offered for a balanced curriculum and transcript.

Graphic Design

Graphic Design I

Graphic Design II

Graphic Design III

Graphic Design IV

Digital Media *

Digital Media I

Digital Media II

Digital Media III

Digital Media IV


Journalism I

Journalism II

Creative Writing I

Creative Writing II

Writing Seminar

Digital Media classes are currently offered as listed above. Proposed pathway updates for Digital Media are pending from DDOE approval: (2019 2020 school year).

  1. Digital Media Essentials
  2. Web Design & Development
  3. Video Production & Special Effects

In the Digital Media program of study, students are asked to use communication practices such as web design, video production, and Game Design within the context of problems that are relevant to their lives. They are also introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers, as well as societal and ethical issues. Students explore a range of careers in Digital Media as they learn to connect their informal knowledge, technology skills, and beliefs about Digital Media to the theoretical and foundational tenets of communication. Students apply communication skills to hands-on projects. They explore the roles of digital media specialists as they study the required technical skill set, soft skills, educational pathways, and ongoing training required for communication careers. Students examine communication problems that are culturally-relevant, and address social and ethical issues while engaging in several in-depth projects to demonstrate real-world applications.