Communication Studies students editing a movie

Communication Studies

Embraces a variety of disciplines from Temple’s highly ranked Klein College of Media and Communication, including media studies, production, advertising, journalism, and rhetoric. The major has a Production Track with an emphasis in visual or audio production. To develop as professionals, students may undertake an optional internship from a variety of related fields.

Ronald Carr

Associate Professor of Film and Media Arts

Advisor and Coordinator of Communication Studies major

Our Communication Studies program takes an interdepartmental approach. For example, students who have an interest in filmmaking can study videography, editing and sound. Those with an interest in journalism can work in magazine writing, the online space and broadcasting. Our goal is to develop students intellectually and prepare them for professional-level competency in media. Being in Tokyo is superior for internships, given the international reach of both Japanese and foreign media. Over the years, our students have received internships at many foreign bureaus, public relations and advertising companies, and startup internet firms.

Students who pursue communications as a career have to be creative, flexible, and possess a critical mind. Self-motivation is also very important; if you work in film, television, radio or advertising, you must be able to pick up where someone has left off, put the pieces together, and take over. These are the qualities we emphasize in the program.

The communications realm is changing rapidly. You must be international, open and flexible to succeed. TUJ allows you to get an education from a topnotch faculty as well as experience a new culture and gain a wider perspective.

Coordinator Interview

Portrait photo of associate professor Ronald Carr

Getting Connected to the World with Communication

Student Interviews

Student Voice

Delilah Joy Romasanta


Graduated from The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in Pennsylvania, USA

My sister is a senior at Temple, so I knew about Temple’s many campuses. I knew I wanted to travel and be in a new environment. Since I’ve always had an interest in Japanese culture, TUJ seemed like the perfect choice. I originally came with the intention of being a Japanese major, but after hearing about Temple’s DBMD (Dual Bachelor’s Master’s Degree) program, I decided to become a Communication Studies major with a minor in Art and a certificate in Japanese.

I am really happy at TUJ. It is a wonderful place to get a great education in a global environment. There are so many teachers and students of various nationalities, which creates a culturally enriching atmosphere. The courses are interesting, too. Many have improved my ability to think critically and analyze more thoroughly, as well as stress the importance of teamwork and networking. These skills will benefit me in any career path I choose.

While I am undecided on what I want to do after university, my academic goal is to get accepted into the DBMD program. I also want to participate in a summer session in Rome. I want to make use of all the opportunities TUJ has to offer and enjoy life.

Sample Curriculum

Foundation and Core Courses

  • Communication and Public Life
  • Media and Society
  • Communications Seminar

One course in each of the following categories (Core Requirement)

  • Communication Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Analysis
  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives

One of the following tracks

  • Contemporary Media Environments Track
    (Seven courses from three different departments such as Media Studies and Production, Journalism, and Film, Media Arts and Theater, chosen by consultation with an academic advisor)
  • Thesis Track
    (Five electives in Klein College courses, three semesters of a foreign language, and a two-semester thesis, upon an approval from the Program)