The BA in Communication prepares students for personal and professional success. A degree in communication offers students theoretical and applied learning opportunities to understand, analyze, and practice communication across varied careers, relationships, communities, and cultural contexts. Embracing a liberal arts approach to education, students learn to be critical thinkers, creative and confident communicators, collaborative decision makers, and engaged citizens.
Communication majors develop communication competencies necessary for succeeding in a variety of endeavors. Students learn to speak well in front of groups, understand cultural differences, work together in teams, manage conflicts, build strong interpersonal relationships, conduct research, and write appropriately for multiple audiences. Exposure to diverse perspectives and different communication phenomena prepares students to interact in an increasingly connected world.
Communication majors take classes across two interrelated areas of study:
- Topics in Relational and Organizational Communication focus on improving the ways we live and work well together. Courses in this area help students improve interpersonal, family, group, and workplace communication processes, including relational development, conflict, collaboration, decision making, and power.
- Topics in Communication, Culture and Advocacy focus on preparing for active community and civic engagement. Courses in this area help students understand rhetorical concepts and practices to competently communicate across contexts and cultures, and advocate for self and others.
Students earning a BA in Communication are encouraged to pursue minors or certificates in complementary areas of study as well as engage in internships or practicum opportunities to enhance their educational experiences. Students outside the major can pursue a minor in communication to develop important communication competencies as a meaningful addition to an overall university education.