Communication Studies

An in-class discussionIn this fast-paced world that relies on instantaneous communication, speaking, writing, reporting, and video skills are increasingly important.

The communication studies major (BA) offers 4 emphasesCommunication and Social InfluenceConvergent JournalismElectronic Media, or Public Relations. You can also minor in any of these areas of study. 

What Will I Study?

You have a chance to get firsthand experience on our College newspaper or in our TV studio, as well as internships on- and off-campus. Our state-of-the art communication facilities are housed in Elliot & Rosel Schewel Hall.

What Kind of Job Can I Get?

The communication studies major prepares you for a job or graduate school in areas like:

  • Journalism
  • Multimedia
  • Public Relations
  • Teaching
  • Business
  • Industry

What Are Some of Our Graduates Doing?

  • NASA's Public Affairs Outreach and Education Manager for the Exploration Technology Development Program
  • Visual Storyteller (video and graphic design) at Blue Ocean Ideas, LLC, in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Senior Reporter, Orlando (Florida) Sentinel
  • Co-Host of "Living in the Heart of Virginia" for WSET-TV in Lynchburg, Virginia

Alumni in Action

Alumna Emily Brown '02, communication studies major, works as an online editor at USA Today. Read her story.

Sarah LampkinAlumna Sarah Lampkin '12, communication studies major with a minor in popular culture, has already written two novels. Read her story.