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Degrees Offered

Communication (BA/BS)

The Communication degree offers broad theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience in public relations, journalism, technical editing, and countless other areas where communication skills are essential. The program draws upon other disciplines in the social sciences to strengthen students’ sensitivity to different experiences and viewpoints, preparing them to succeed in a culturally diverse world, where ideas and technology change constantly. The Communication program offers three distinct concentrations:

  • Concentration in Corporate and Public Relations (BA/BS)

    The Public Relations concentration covers a broad range of activities that help an organization and its publics communicate with one another. The field includes public relations, event planning, media relations, publication design, corporate, employee and customer communications, and government relations. Professionals in this field need to possess skills in all forms of communication, including written, visual and oral communication.

  • Concentration in Journalism (BA)

    The Journalism concentration provides students with the skills and theoretical perspective they need to be a journalist in today’s swiftly changing media environment. An extension of the program's core curriculum, the concentration hones the student's ability to write, edit, and produce audiovisual content while at the same time exposing the student to new and evolving aspects of the field.

  • Concentration in Technical and Science (BS)

    Students in the Technical and Science Communication concentration prepares students for careers in a wide range of areas, including technical writing for software or hardware products, proposal and grant writing, and research or writing in the fields of health, pharmaceuticals, medicine or science.

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Communication (Accelerated BA/BS + MS)

The Accelerated BA/BS + MS in Communication allows academically qualified students to earn both a BS degree and an MS degree (two diplomas are awarded) in five years, saving a year of time by "accelerating" their undergraduate courses.

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Communication (Minor)

The Minor in Communication is designed to familiarize students with communication theory while providing training in print and electronic communication skills. Students minoring in communication can focus on Public Relations, Journalism or Technical and Science Communication.

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Communication (MS)

The Master of Science in Communication educates students on designing ethical, audience-centered, theory-based communications for the public, industry, media, government and non-profit organizations. Courses develop professional skills to produce, analyze and monitor print, digital and audio-visual communications in a global society. Professors have academic training and industry expertise to help students apply theory and research in professional communication. The program specializes in four areas: Public Communication; Technical Communication; Science Communication; and Communication, Culture and Media.

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Communication, Culture and Media (PhD)

The PhD in Communication, Culture and Media is designed to develop innovative scholar/teachers who are able to impart theories and studies on the interaction of social forces and communication. The program trains researchers in both quantitative and qualitative approaches to communication study.

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