"To say this has been an invaluable education would be an understatement.
The interdisciplinary nature of the program means that your classmates and professors bring a multitude of perspectives, and classroom conversation will challenge you to think harder, write better, open your mind, and be prepared to justify your analyses.
Today, I am responsible for public policy strategy and communication at a large anti-domestic violence nonprofit and service provider in Philadelphia. This requires quick critical thinking, strategic decision-making, and constant communication. In addition to some of the practical skills I was able to inevitably hone in the graduate program (writing, research, public speaking, etc.), my professional work benefits hugely from my graduate experience analyzing text, developing arguments and constructing messages.
Fully understanding the importance and ubiquity of communication comes with the encumbrance that it can fail you if you don’t pay attention to it. Not only is this an important lesson for the work we do with external audiences (elected officials, our supporters, our clients), but it is an often-overlooked tenet of building strong organizational cultures. Being mindful of how we work with and talk to each other has allowed me to be a resource to my colleagues as we improve our internal communication processes.
My experience in the Graduate Studies in Communication taught me not only how to “do” communication, and how it “works,” but importantly, that it is, in fact, the singular thing upon which all of our interactions, experiences and relationships are built."
Public Policy Coordinator, Women Against Abuse
Villanova Communication MA ‘10