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Advertising Communications, Bachelor of Science

Our Advertising program prepares students for career opportunities as advertising account executives, art directors, copywriters, media buyers and planners.

To be successful in the dynamic and fast-paced field of advertising takes advanced skills and expertise in the areas of copywriting, art direction and production. Advertisers are constantly creating new and innovative ways to reach the public, so the demand for skilled advertising executives is always high. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the advertising industry will  continue to grow.  In New York City, media-related fields are continuously.  You can prepare for this competitive field through the 120-credit Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising Communications, offered by the Collins College of Professional Studies.

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Area of Interest
Communications, Marketing & Media
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Program Location
  • Queens Campus
Required Credit Hours

Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. St. John’s University has not determined requirements for individual states beyond New York. If you reside or plan to reside outside New York you are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate state licensing agency in that state to seek information and guidance before beginning the program.


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To get more information on our Pathways program, please visit our CCPS Pathways page or contact your academic advisor. Contact the program coordinator or advisor for details.

Contact Program Coordinator

Tiffany L. Mohr, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

St.Augustine Hall Queens


Advertising has two available tracks

Students majoring in Advertising Communication may take concentrations in the following tracks:

An account executive is the liaison between an advertising agency and its clients. To prepare for this challenging position, students learn to analyze competitive activities and consumer trends, develop advertising strategies and coordinate activities among the creative, media and research departments.  

Advertisements are effective only if placed in the right medium at the right time for the product advertised. Ensuring this is the job of media planners. Students learn to evaluate media for optimum advertising efficiency and place selected media in efficient media plans.  

Copywriters create the copy that will reach their audience in print, radio, and television or in digital and social media. Art directors develop the visual concepts that convey the copywriter’s words. Producers are people who take the ideas the creative teams develop and actually bring them to life as finished advertising the consumer sees in the various media they use everyday.

Why Study Advertising Communications at St. John's?

Students majoring in Advertising Communications at St. John's benefit from faculty and alumni with extensive contacts in New York City's advertising industry. This network provides outstanding internship and job placement opportunities, helping to prepare students for leading positions as account executives, media planners or buyers, copywriters or art directors. 

Students also gain an academic and professional edge by joining any of St. John's more than 180 student clubs and organizations. Clubs that may be of special interest to Advertising majors include these: 

  • Category 5 - St John’s Student Run Ad Agency 
  • Communications Club 
  • Management Club 
  • Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture 
  • Communication Arts Film Society 
  • St. John's University Television Club (WRED) 
  • WSJU-Radio 

Advertising majors also may apply to a variety of honor societies, including these: 

  • Alpha Delta Sigma: The St. John's chapter of the national advertising honor society is an opportunity for students to network while supporting their classmates through efforts such as peer mentoring. 
  • The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies Honor Society: Members are recognized for academic excellence and demonstrable involvement in their churches and communities. 

Of course, students also benefit from outstanding University-wide facilities and resources for which St. John's is widely known. 

Facilities include high-tech classrooms, up-to-date computer and science laboratories and a 1.7 million-volume University Library. Our new D'Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café. 

Students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students also make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York. 

Career Outcomes

The B.S. in Advertising Communications prepares students to regard advertising agencies as creative businesses that work with clients to reach a specific audience. 
The program will prepare students to: 

  • Identify and illustrate the principles of advertising including the development and history of the advertising field 
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the role of advertising in society as well as the nuances of consumer behavior 
  • Develop expertise in the areas of copywriting, media planning, research and account management 
  • Become aware of the ethical obligations and social awareness that impact advertising 

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