Liberal Arts & Sciences
Communications

Communicating effectively is important in all aspects of our professional and personal lives, so entering a communications program can not only earn you a paycheck, but it can make you a better listener and speaker in your private life as well. Communication in some form has been with us since the beginning of time, and understanding the standard communication methods, as well as the new frontier of communication, is a challenge that many students are up for. It’s generally one of the most popular majors, so you’ll be in good company.

Course of Study

Communications programs introduce students to all aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication, teaching them how to write and speak well and giving them an understanding of the new branches of digital communication. Coursework generally includes classes like mass media, professional writing, public speaking, interpersonal communication, group dynamics, and even computers/graphics. Students pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree will study how individuals send and receive communication, how people in different cultures interpret messages, and which methods are effective in reaching target audiences.

Most careers only require a Bachelor’s Degree, though a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. is required to teach communications at the university level. An advanced degree is also recommended if you with to pursue careers involving marketing management and other high-level positions in larger companies.

Applying a Communications Degree

Most people think of writing, broadcasting, or marketing careers when they consider a communications degree, but it can actually be a stepping stone to a range of interesting choices. Communications majors can go into public relations, web design, sales, religious/ethical arenas, legal fields, and public service. Because communications is such a valued business skill, there are few careers for which it’s not an appropriate major.

Most organizations have positions that require communications expertise, so you can choose the setting that appeals to you. For instance, you may work for an e-commerce site from home, take care of a Fortune 500 company’s internal and external communication, broadcast from a radio or TV station, get hired on at a metropolitan magazine, write speeches for politicians in Washington, work in international diplomacy, or run fundraising and public relations campaigns for non-profit agencies. 

Job Prospects

Career prospects for communication majors vary depending on your field of interest. Newspaper writers, for example, likely won’t experience much growth, but new media communication specialists—such as social media experts—will probably keep growing over the next decade. Keeping up with the latest breakthroughs in high-tech communications is one way to ensure that you’ll always have plenty of job offers.

Schools That Offer This Program:
Strayer University
Trumbull Business College
Grantham University
Grantham University
Grantham University
Florida Career College
Florida Career College
The University of Southern California
New England Institute of Technology
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Brown Mackie College
South University
The Art Institutes
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Bryant & Stratton College
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Landsdale School of Business
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University
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