Annenberg School for Communication
The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, home to one of the country’s preeminent graduate programs, is devoted to furthering our understanding of the role of communication in public life through research, education, and service. The School retains its prominence thanks to the far-reaching support of the Annenberg Foundation.
One of the most selective doctoral programs in the country, the Annenberg School allows students to design a course of study tailored to their intellectual interests and professional goals. Undergraduate communication majors at Penn also attend classes at the Annenberg School to study media institutions, communication and contemporary culture, and communication influences within a wide range of social, political, and economic contexts.
“The right to free communication carries with it the responsibility to respect the dignity of others—and this must be recognized as irreversible. Educating students to effectively communicate this message and to be of service to all people is the enduring mission of this School.”
- The Honorable Walter H. Annenberg
With strengths in health communication, political communication, culture and communication, media institutions, digital media, and global communication, the School’s faculty and students are at the vanguard of some of the most pressing issues in our society. Topics of current research are widely varied and include digital privacy, the neuroscience behind why we share information online, the marketing of e-cigarettes, the impact of media on children, the communication strategies of the Islamic State, the causes of political polarization, the use of social media to spread activist messages, and much more.
Annenberg’s doctoral students hail from more than a dozen countries, forming an intellectual community inspired by Walter and Leonore Annenberg, who believed that communication education is vital to improving the human condition and ensuring a free society.