Undergraduate Programs

Preparation for your future

Businesses, organizations, and nonprofit agencies consistently rank effective communication skills as the most important job-hiring consideration, even more so than technical skills. Pursuing a Communication Studies degree allows you the ability to bring diverse insights to the role of communication in a variety of ways. Managers, communication experts, teachers, sales representatives, political communication consultants, communication strategists and leaders are a few examples of possible careers for degree-seeking students. Communication Studies degrees examine the role of communication in a wide range of settings, focusing on how to adapt messages to diverse situations and circumstances.

The key to the Communication Studies major is flexibility.

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With two concentrations to chose from, students can couple their major with one of the cutting-edge minors in the College of Communication and Information (CCI) such as web development, information design, user experience design, digital media production and advertising. Take courses from COMM, across CCI or the university, to acquire and hone skills related to your interests.


Combine theoretical knowledge and technical skills while mastering professional tasks such as web content creation, promotional design, managing communication campaigns and more.


Create a personalized plan of study tailored to specific academic interests and career goals. This concentration provides flexibility, choice and the ability to pursue multiple minors and electives.

Flexible Completion Options

The Bachelor of Arts program in Communication Studies provides a flexible program that permits you to choose a curriculum that is right for you and serves your goals. It prepares you with skills that are transferrable to a myriad of current and emerging careers.

The option to complete the Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies fully online is perfect for working professionals or others who wish to earn their college degree who are location-bound.

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Students may apply early to the Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies and double count 9 credit hours of graduate courses toward both degree programs. 

Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program Policy

Career Outlook

You'll find our alumni working:

  • In digital communications at non-profits, global organizations and education settings
  • In public affairs in government, Walt Disney World, the U.S. Air Force and beyond
  • In marketing roles at major organizations like Amazon and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
  • As training and development managers in human resources
  • In communication, community engagement and fundraising roles in healthcare settings (Cleveland Clinic, Akron Children’s Hospital and more)
  • In global communications and relations roles, both in the U.S. and abroad

The following growth stats are based on Bureau of Labor Statistics projections through 2031. 

Projected Growth

Meeting, Convention, Event Planners
Social and Community Service Managers
Public Relations, Fundraising Managers
Advertising, Marketing Managers

Success Stories

Read about some of our successful alumni who are making an impact in our region and beyond.