List of Bachelors in Communication Programs – Campus & Online

With a degree in Communication, there are virtually endless possibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to hone your creative, critical thinking, writing, and public speaking skills. Plus, you’ll learn how to examine and apply communication, psychology, sociology, and anthropology concepts to interpersonal, small group, organizational, intercultural, media, and political contexts.

This program is designed to prepare you for an array of graduate study and career opportunities in industries like journalism, marketing, advertising, public relations, radio, film, or television, just to name a few.

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Where Can I Earn My Bachelors of Communication Degree?

While you’re listening to the podcast, check out our list of schools with communication programs in the US. For each school, we provide a few highlights, including program offerings, course breakdown, and accreditation.

Click on the links below to jump to a specific state’s programs. You can also skip ahead to our Quick Facts about a bachelor’s degree in communication, or information about degree types and accreditation.

Online

Ashford University
Accredited by WASC

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The BA in Communication Studies online degree program at Ashford University is designed to develop students’ understanding of organizational and intercultural communications and conflict resolution. This program consists of 120 credits, and is structured so that students complete one, five-week course at a time.

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California Baptist University’s BA in Communication Studies degree program focuses on combining creative and critical thinking skills with contemporary cultural concepts and biblical thought. In this program, students can take classes like Communication Theory, Drama in the Church, and Public Relations.

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At CSU Global, students can earn a BS in Communication degree that is designed to prepare students for graduate study and career opportunities as editors, reporters, account executives, media associates, communications directors, and more. Coursework for this program includes classes like Technical Communication, Mass Communication and Society, and Communication Conflict and Persuasion.
Indiana Wesleyan University
Accredited by HLC

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The BS in Communication degree program at Indiana Wesleyan University is designed to enhance students’ understanding and application on major theories and practices of communication in a variety of contexts. In this program, students can take classes like Media and Society, Persuasion, Conflict Communication, and Symbols and Imaging.
Liberty University
Accredited by SACS

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At Liberty University, students can earn a BSBA in Communication that is designed to prepare students for graduate studies and careers in domestic and international marketplaces for general business, accounting, finance, and marketing. Students in this program can take classes like Media Writing, Journalism, Media and Culture, and Digital, Social, and Mobile Communication Strategies.

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SNHU’s BA in Communication degree program is designed to give students the communication, computer, and graphic design skills needed to succeed in graduate study and career opportunities like advertising, public relations, and social media strategy. Students in this program can take classes like Business Communication, Public Relations, Organizational Communications, and Graphics and Layout in Print Media.

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Alabama

Alabama State University
Accredited by SACS
Alabama State University’s BA in Communications degree program is designed to prepare students for an array of graduate study and career opportunities in areas like marketing, management, programming, public relations, and journalism. Students must select a concentration in Print Journalism, Public Relations, Radio and Television, Recording Industry, or Recording Industry Technology.
At the University of Southern Alabama, students can earn a bachelor’s degree in communication studies that can prepare them for careers as human resource managers, sales or non-profit directors, and more. Students can pick the human and organizational communication, or the rhetoric and culture track. Coursework for this program includes classes like Persuasion, Interpersonal Theory, and Digital Writing and Production.
University of Alabama
Accredited by SACS
The BA in Communication Studies degree at the University of Alabama focuses on developing students’ abilities to analyze, evaluate, and critique human communication practices, as well as gain the skills needed to articulate and share new ideas with others. In this program, students can take classes like Rhetorical Criticism, Intercultural Communication, and Communication and Diversity.

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Alaska

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Accredited by NWCCU
The BA in Communication at the University of Alaska Fairbanks focuses on diversity in gender, cultures, and beliefs, and teaches students to think critically and ethically about how they communicate ideas and concepts around those topics. Students in this program can take classes like Media and Culture, Public Relations Campaigns, and Women, Minorities, and the Media.

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Arizona

University of Arizona
Accredited by HLC
The University of Arizona’s bachelor’s degree in communications is designed to develop students’ speaking, writing, research, and critical thinking skills so that they are able to apply those skills to a variety of graduate studies and careers. In this program, students can take courses in subjects like interpersonal communication, social influence, and persuasion.
Northern Arizona University
Accredited by HLC
Northern Arizona University has BA and BS degrees in Communication Studies, which are designed to enable students to construct, convey, and interpret communication in diverse contexts. Students in this program can take classes like Nonverbal Communication, Rhetorical Criticism, and Interpersonal Communication.
Arizona State University
Accredited by HLC
At Arizona State University, students can earn a BA in Communication that can prepare them for graduate study and career opportunities in areas like education, public administration, management, marketing, advertising, and more. Coursework for this program includes classes like Cultural Diversity in the US, Communication in Business, and Rhetorical, Interpretive, and Critical Methods of Communication.

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Arkansas

Arkansas State University
Accredited by HLC
The BA in Communication Studies degree program at Arkansas State University focuses on how verbal and nonverbal messages are used to convey meaning in a variety of contexts, cultures, and media. Coursework for this program includes classes like Gender Communication, Computer Mediated Communication, Conflict Resolution, and Communication in Personal Relationships.
University of Arkansas
Accredited by HLC
The bachelor’s degree in communication at the University of Arkansas focuses on communication dynamics in relationships between friends and family, in business relationships and political systems, and examines how culture and technological advances affect those communication patterns. In this program, students can take classes like Public Speaking, Communication in a Diverse World, and Media, Community, and Citizenship.

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California

Ashford University
Accredited by WASC
The BA in Communication Studies online degree program at Ashford University is designed to develop students’ understanding of organizational and intercultural communications and conflict resolution. This program consists of 120 credits, and is structured so that students complete one, five-week course at a time.
California Baptist University’s BA in Communication Studies degree program focuses on combining creative and critical thinking skills with contemporary cultural concepts and biblical thought. In this program, students can take classes like Communication Theory, Drama in the Church, and Public Relations.
At Cal State LA, students can earn a BA in Communication degree with a concentration in Communication for Social Change, Organizational and Applied Communication, Mass Communication (Advertising and Public Relations), or Intersecting Identities and Relationships. Core courses for this major include Human Communication, Argumentation, and Intercultural Communication.
UCLA’s BA in Communication degree program has a broad curriculum that spans across twelve different departments, designed to prepare students for a variety of graduate studies and career opportunities. In this program, students can take classes in topics like mass communication, media studies, interpersonal communication, communication technology, political and legal communication, and more.
The undergraduate communication degree program at the University of Southern California is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the major foundations, perspectives, issues, and theories of communication, and understand the effects of mass media on communication. Students in this program can take classes like Communication and Technology, Argumentation and Advocacy, and Navigating Media and News in the Digital Age.

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Colorado

At CSU Global, students can earn a BS in Communication degree that is designed to prepare students for graduate study and career opportunities as editors, reporters, account executives, media associates, communications directors, and more. Coursework for this program includes classes like Technical Communication, Mass Communication and Society, and Communication Conflict and Persuasion.
At Colorado Christian University, students can earn a BA in Communication Studies degree that focuses on interpersonal, group, organizational, social media, and emerging technologies communication. Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, with 36 major-required credits, 42 general education credits, and 42 elective credits.
The BA in Communication degree program at UC Denver focuses on written, oral, visual, mediated, and technological messages and how people use them in small groups, organizations, and personal relationships. This degree can prepare students for graduate study and career opportunities in areas like advertising, business, international relations, education, government, and more.

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Connecticut

University of Hartford
Accredited by NEASC
The BA in Communication degree program at the University of Hartford is designed to provide a foundation in communication studies while integrating a sub-field of the student’s choice. The sub-fields that students can choose to specialize in are Advertising and Public Relations, Communication Studies, and Media and Journalism.
University of Connecticut
Accredited by NEASC
The University of Connecticut’s undergraduate degree program in communication is designed to develop basic theories, practices, and research methods of communication. Students in this program can specialize in areas like Communication Research Methods, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Mass Media Theory and Research, Mass Media Practice and Public Relations, Advertising, International and Intercultural Communication, Health Communication, or Government and Political Communication.
Fairfield University
Accredited by NEASC
At Fairfield University, students can earn a baccalaureate degree in communication that is designed to provide a breadth and depth of knowledge about the communication process in a variety of contexts. In this program, students can take classes in several different communication fields including critical media studies, organizational communication, interpersonal communication, technology and digital culture, communication and diversity, and more.

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Delaware

University of Delaware
Accredited by MSCHE
Students who want to earn an undergraduate degree in communication at the University of Delaware must enter as Communication Interest (COMI) majors. After completing four required courses, the top 125 COMI students will be admitted into the Communication program their sophomore year. The Communication major focuses on media communication and interpersonal communication.
Delaware State University
Accredited by MSCHE
The BA in Mass Communications degree program at Delaware State University is designed to develop an understanding of how individuals, societal structure, technology, economy, politics, and media culture are affected by mass communications. Students in this program must pick a concentration in Convergence Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising, or TV, Radio, and Film.

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Florida

Florida State University
Accredited by SACS
Florida State University has BA and BS degree programs in Media and Communication Studies that focuses on understanding the economic, legal, ethical, and social effects of media, and prepares students for graduate studies and careers in media. Subjects included in this program’s curriculum include mass media, communication technologies, and techniques in mass media production.
University of Tampa
Accredited by SACS
The University of Tampa’s BA in Communication degree program has core classes from two categories, Culture and Society and Visual Aesthetics. In this program, students can take applied and theoretical-based classes in areas like film making, advertising, cultural studies, mass communications, media writing, web development, political communication, studio television and radio, and more.
At FIU, students can earn a BA in Communication Arts degree with a required concentration in Organizational Communication, Design Studies, or Art and Performance. Core classes for this major include Conflict Management, Persuasion, Communication for Effective Leadership, and Business and Professional Communication.

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Georgia

The BS in Literature, Media, and Communication degree at Georgia Institute of Technology is designed to provide theoretical and hands-on experience with novels, films, games, comic books, web pages, and scientific documents to prepare students for graduate study and career opportunities in art, science, and technology. Coursework for this program includes classes like Creative Writing, Science Fiction, and Major Filmmakers.
Georgia Southern University
Accredited by SACS
Georgia Southern University’s undergraduate degree in communication studies is designed to develop the oral, interpersonal, group, and written communication skills needed to succeed in a variety of graduate study and career opportunities. Students in this program can take classes like Political Communication, Rhetorical Criticism, Communication and Conflict, and Health Communication.
University of Georgia
Accredited by SACS
The BA in Communication Studies at the University of Georgia is designed to provide a theoretical and applied foundation in interpersonal and public communication. In this program, students can take classes in topics like Nonverbal Communication, Persuasion, Health Communication, or Women and U.S. Public Discourse.

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Hawaii

University of Hawaii Manoa
Accredited by WASC
At the University of Hawaii Manoa, students can earn a BA in Communication degree that focuses on interpersonal, social, organizational, and professional communication, media arts, and information and communication technologies. Students can also gain hands-on experience through the internship program for this major.
Hawaii Pacific University
Accredited by WASC
The undergraduate degree in communication studies at Hawaii Pacific University is designed to prepare students for a variety of graduate study and career opportunities including public relations, broadcasting, journalism, advertising, business, and more. The curriculum for this degree includes a Communication Practicum, where students can select an internship in any area of communication.

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Idaho

Boise State University
Accredited by NWCCU
The BA in Communication degree program at Boise State University focuses on providing a theoretical and applied foundation in communication across a variety of contexts. In this program, students will take classes in two interrelated areas of study, Relational and Organizational Communication and Communication, Culture, and Advocacy.
Idaho State University
Accredited by NWCCU
Idaho State University has a BA in Communication degree program that is designed to develop critical thinking, writing, public speaking, analytical, and research skills. This degree also provides an understanding of communication in a variety of contexts including interpersonal, corporate, and political. Students must pick an emphasis in Corporate Communication, Rhetoric, Visual Communication, or Multi-Platform Journalism.

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Illinois

At UIC, students can earn a BA in Communication degree that specializes in areas where speech and media converge like new technology, intercultural diversity, politics and rhetoric, and cultural and visual studies. Core coursework for this program includes classes like Survey of Human (Speech) Communication and Survey of Public (Media) Communication.
Illinois State University
Accredited by HLC
Illinois State University’s undergraduate degree program in Communication Studies provides the skills necessary for students to effectively communicate with different groups of people in various settings, and to succeed in graduate study and career opportunities in this field. In this program, students must specialize in Interpersonal Communication, Political Communication, or Organizational and Leadership Communication.
The BA in Communication, Media, and Theatre at Northeastern Illinois University focuses on applied and theoretical knowledge of those three areas, as well as developing an appreciation of the differing values and perceptions of each subject. Students in this program can take classes like Gender and Media, World Cinema, Stagecraft, and Business and Professional Communication.

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Indiana

Indiana Wesleyan University
Accredited by HLC
The BS in Communication degree program at Indiana Wesleyan University is designed to enhance students’ understanding and application on major theories and practices of communication in a variety of contexts. In this program, students can take classes like Media and Society, Persuasion, Conflict Communication, and Symbols and Imaging.
Indiana University East
Accredited by HLC
At Indiana University East, students can earn a BS or BA in Communication Studies degree online or on-campus. Students must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours for the major as part of the total 120 credit hours required to graduate. Coursework for this degree includes classes like Communication Theory, Interpersonal Communication, and Journalism and Mass Communications.
Indiana State University
Accredited by HLC
The BS and BA in Communication degrees at Indiana State University are designed to prepare students for a variety of graduate study and career opportunities in areas like journalism, public relations, and media. In this program, students can take classes like Multimedia Production, Persuasion Theories, and Media and Society.
The University of Southern Indiana has BA and BS degrees in Communication Studies that are designed to enhance students’ writing, speaking, and computer-mediated communication skills. Students in this program can take elective classes like Readers Theatre, Family Communication, American Cinema and Culture, and Gender, Communication, and Culture.

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Iowa

University of Iowa
Accredited by HLC
The undergraduate degree program in Communication Studies at the University of Iowa focuses on media and society, interpersonal and relational communication, and rhetorical studies and public advocacy. Coursework for this program includes classes like TV Criticism, Nonverbal Communication, LGBTQ/Queer Studies, and Movements, Protests, and Resistance.
Iowa State University
Accredited by HLC
Iowa State University’s baccalaureate degree in Communication Studies focuses on how humans create and negotiate meaning through communication to sustain relationships with individuals, groups, and organizations. In this program, students can take classes like Intercultural Communication, Computer Mediated Communication, Conflict Management, and Gender and Communication.

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Kansas

Washburn University
Accredited by HLC
Washburn University’s BA in Communication degree is designed to prepare students for an array of graduate study and career opportunities in this field. Coursework for this program includes classes like Interviewing, Interpersonal Communication, Political Communication, Conflict and Negotiation, Forensics, and Business and Professional Presentation.
Kansas State University
Accredited by HLC
The undergraduate Communication Studies degree program at Kansas State University is to develop students’ ability to communicate with others, and to educate students to effectively evaluate the communication of others. In this program, students can pick an academic track in Legal Communication, Organizational Communication, Political Communication, or Relational Communication.
University of Kansas
Accredited by HLC
At the University of Kansas, students can earn a BA or BGS degree in Communication Studies is designed to provide a diverse skillset through an understanding of theoretical and applied intercultural, relational, and organizational communication. Students in this program can take classes like Effective Business Communication, Cases in Persuasion, and Communication and the American Presidency.

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Kentucky

University of Louisville
Accredited by SACS
At the University of Louisville, students can earn a BS or BA degree in Communication. The BA degree requires fewer credits in communication and more flexibility to take classes in other subjects, whereas the BS degree requires more credits in communication and less flexibility to take classes outside of the major.
University of Kentucky
Accredited by SACS
The baccalaureate degree program in Communication at the University Kentucky is designed to develop the skills necessary to design, manage, and evaluate communication processes among individuals, groups, and the public. Students in this program can take courses in subjects like health communication, corporate communication, human communication, interpersonal communication, and mass communication.
Western Kentucky University
Accredited by SACS
The Communication Studies undergraduate degree program at Western Kentucky University is designed to prepare students for a variety of graduate study and career opportunities in areas like business, law, politics, healthcare, social work, and teaching. Coursework for this program include classes like Organizational Communication, Forensic Practicum, Persuasion, and Communication in the Digital Age.

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Louisiana

Louisiana State University
Accredited by SACS
At LSU, students can earn a BA in Communication Studies that is designed to enhance students’ understanding of how people form, maintain, and transform language, communication, tools, and meaning. Coursework for this program includes classes in subjects such as advertising, branding, public speaking, and audiology.
The BA in Communication degree at Southeastern Louisiana University is designed to prepare students for a variety of graduate study and career opportunities in areas like journalism, public relations, electronic media, and more. In this program, students can take classes about speech fundamentals, mass communication, broadcast and online media, and writing, producing, and directing for print.
The University of Louisiana Lafayette’s undergraduate degree in Communication is designed to provide a strong foundation in verbal, written, and visual communication. Students in this program will pick a concentration in Advertising, Broadcasting, Journalism, Organizational Communication, or Public Relations, and they will complete an internship during their senior year.

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Maine

Husson University
Accredited by NEASC
At Husson University, students can earn a BS degree in Mass Communications that is designed to develop the skills necessary to combine creativity, craft, content, and technology to be prepared for a variety of graduate study and career opportunities. Students in this program must choose a concentration in Journalism, Marketing Communications, Radio Broadcasting, or Sports Journalism.
University of Maine
Accredited by NEASC
The University of Maine’s BA in Communication focuses on developing a broad understanding of how people communication, how technology affects communication, and how communication creates and maintains relationships in a variety of contexts. Students in this program can take classes like Public Communication, Speech Play and Performance, Risk Communication, and Social Influence of Mass Communication.
Saint Joseph’s College
Accredited by NEASC
The BS in Communications degree program at Saint Joseph’s College focuses on the creation, editing, and publishing of original content through printed publications, video productions, and web technologies. Courses required for this program include Digital Media, Oral Communications, Web Design, and Writing for Print and Electronic Media.

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Maryland

Loyola University Maryland
Accredited by MSCHE
At Loyola University Maryland, students can earn a baccalaureate degree in Communication that focuses on understanding communication processes, industries, and impact on society. Students in this program can pursue a general degree in Communication, or choose a specialization in Journalism, Digital Media, or Advertising/Public Relations.
University of Maryland
Accredited by MSCHE
The University of Maryland’s undergraduate degree in Communication focuses on understanding communication’s place in humanity and teaching students how to participate effectively and responsibly in communicating with each other. In this program, students must pick a concentration track in Public Relations, Social Influence, Communication Studies, or Rhetoric and Political Culture.

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Massachusetts

Boston University
Accredited by NEASC
The BS in Communication degree at Boston University is designed to develop the mass communication, research, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills necessary to prepare students for graduate studies and careers in areas like advertising, public relations, marketing, health communication, media research, and more. In this program, students will pick a specialization in Advertising, Communication Studies, or Public Relations.
At the University of Massachusetts Boston, students can earn a BA in Communication that prepares students for an array of graduate study and career opportunities in areas like sociology, psychology, anthropology, advertising, media, and journalism. Coursework for this program includes classes like Visual Communication, Intercultural Communication, and News Media and Political Power.

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Michigan

At Michigan Tech, students can earn an undergraduate degree in Communication, Culture, and Media that focuses on critical and creative thinking, and the effects of technology, media, and language on cultural diversity and social justice. Students in this program can take classes like Media Industries, Technology and Culture Theory, and Public Speaking and Multimedia.
Michigan State University
Accredited by HLC
The BA in Communication degree at MSU focuses on developing presentation, communication research, persuasion, and leadership skills to prepare students for graduate study and careers in a variety of industries like government, non-profit, and for-profit corporations. Coursework for this program includes classes about health communication, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, mediated communication, organizational communication, and social influence.
University of Michigan
Accredited by HLC
University of Michigan’s undergraduate degree in Communication Studies is designed to prepare students for a variety of graduate study and career opportunities. Students can declare this major during their sophomore year as long as they received at least a C in the Mass Media and Media Processes and Effects core classes. Other coursework includes Media Psychology and Designing Web Research.

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Minnesota

University of Minnesota
Accredited by HLC
University of Minnesota’s BA in Communication Studies degree program focuses on electronic media, interpersonal interaction, and developing critical thinking skills to prepare students for a plethora of graduate study and career opportunities. In this program, students can choose to specialize in Rhetorical Studies, Critical Media Studies, or Interpersonal Communication.
The undergraduate degree program in Communication Studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead focuses on understanding human communication through social scientific practices like psychology and sociology. Students in this program must pick an emphasis area in Sales Communication, Sports Communication, Event Planning and Promotion, or Communication Training and Development.

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Mississippi

At the University of Southern Mississippi, students can earn a BS or BA degree in Communication Studies that focuses on communication dynamics in a variety of contexts including personal relationships, business settings, and society. Coursework for this program includes subjects like interviewing, debating, public speaking, nonverbal communication, persuasion, gender, humor, deception, and communication in legal, political, and organizational contexts.
Mississippi College
Accredited by SACS
Mississippi College has BA and BS in Communication degree programs that are designed to provide a foundation in communication theory, writing, speaking, and media production. In this program, students must pick a concentration in Sports Media, Public Relations, Mass Media, Journalism, or Interpersonal and Public Communication.

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Missouri

University of Missouri
Accredited by HLC
The BA in Communication degree at the University of Missouri is designed to provide the skills necessary for graduates to be able to use verbal, nonverbal, written, and mediated communication to create persuasive messages. Students in this program are required to explore two areas in addition to their concentration in Interpersonal Communication, Mass Media Communication, Organizational Communication, or Political Communication.
Missouri State University
Accredited by HLC
At Missouri State University, students can earn an undergraduate degree in Communication that is designed to hone verbal and written communication skills to prepare students for a variety of graduate study and career opportunities. This program requires students to pick a specialization in Communication Studies, Ethical Leadership, Health Communication, Rhetoric, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, or Intercultural Communication and Diversity.

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Montana

The BA in Communication degree program at Montana State University Billings is offered entirely online. Students in this program are required to pick a concentration in either Organizational Communication or Mass Communication. Depending on which concentration is chosen, students can take classes like Theories of Media and Society, Visual Rhetoric, Media Criticism, and Leadership and Communication.
University of Montana
Accredited by NWCCU
University of Montana’s BA in Communication Studies degree program focuses on interpersonal interaction and human relationships, organizational and institutional communication, and rhetoric and public discourse. In this program, students can take classes like Argumentation, Gender and Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Communication, Consumption, and Climate.

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Nebraska

At the University of Nebraska Lincoln, students can earn an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies that is designed to prepare students for graduate study and career opportunities by honing communication skills to better advocate, negotiate, and relate to each other in a variety of contexts. Coursework for this program includes classes about public advocacy, conflict management, family systems, and more.
UNO has BS and BA degree programs in Communication Studies, which consists of a minimum of 48 credits, plus 15 credits in an additional field of study for the BS program and 16 hours in a foreign language for the BA program. In this program, students can take classes like Interviewing, Conflict Mediation, and Persuasion and Social Influence.

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Nevada

Nevada State College
Accredited by NWCCU
Nevada State College’s BA in Communication degree program is designed to provide an understanding of the history, role, and practice of communication in society, as well as enhance students’ interpersonal, intercultural, and rhetorical communication skills. In this program, students can take classes like Social Media, Argumentation and Debate, and Power, Culture, and Society.
University of Nevada Reno
Accredited by NWCCU
The BA in Communication Studies degree program at the University of Nevada Reno is designed to provide a foundation in both theoretical and applied skills in two areas of communication, Relational Dynamics (RD) and Public Advocacy and Civil Engagement (PACE). Students in this program can take classes like Small Group Communication, Gender and Communication, and New Media in Human Communication.

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New Hampshire

SNHU’s BA in Communication degree program is designed to give students the communication, computer, and graphic design skills needed to succeed in graduate study and career opportunities like advertising, public relations, and social media strategy. Students in this program can take classes like Business Communication, Public Relations, Organizational Communications, and Graphics and Layout in Print Media.
University of New Hampshire
Accredited by NEASC
Through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of New Hampshire, students can earn a bachelor’s degree in communication, a program designed to prepare students to engage with the communicative patterns, problems, and practices that they will encounter in their personal, professional, and civic lives. Students also have the option to select an area of concentration in a number of different areas.

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New Jersey

Montclair State University
Accredited by MSCHE
The Communication Studies program at Montclair State University cultivates dynamic leaders with a flexible curriculum designed so students can find their own area of interest in this field. Students graduate with a BA from the school of Communication and Media.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology provides students an opportunity to participate in their Communication and Media Program, a program designed within a technological environment. This particular program also offers five specializations and variety of concentrations. NJIT offers both a BA and a BS.

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New Mexico

University of New Mexico
Accredited by HLC
The Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Communication. This degree is offered through the College of Arts and Sciences. Coursework covers such topics critical studies in mass media, environmental communication, interpersonal communication, and much more.
New Mexico State University
Accredited by HLC
The Communication Studies Department at New Mexico State University offers an undergraduate degree program that provides students with a social science approach to the study of human interaction. Courses cover such topics as communication research methods, persuasion communication, organizational communication, and interpersonal communication.

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New York

Pace University
Accredited by MSCHE
On the Pleasantville Campus at Pace University, students an major in communications and earn a BA in this field. Students focus on video production, media studies, journalism, film studies, or speech performance in order to develop real-world, practical skills. Students can also choose to minor in communications.

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North Carolina

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides students an opportunity to major in communication. Students in this program also can select an area of concentration in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication, Media Studies and Production, Performance Studies,or Rhetorical Studies.
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington offers a BA in Communication Studies that requires students to first pass gateway courses and declare an interest in the major. Students have the opportunity to create a program of study around a core of required courses.

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North Dakota

University of North Dakota
Accredited by HLC
The Department of Communication at the University of North Dakota offers a BA in Communication, both online and onsite. This program strives to prepare undergraduate students for careers as ethical communicators. Scholarships are offered for majors in this field.
Minot State University
Accredited by HLC
Minot State offers a Communication Arts program that helps students gain the ability to develop skills and attitudes which promote free inquiry, critical thinking,and receptiveness toward divergent viewpoints. Students also have the option to choose a minor in this field.

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Ohio

University of Toledo
Accredited by HLC
At the University of Toledo, students can earn a bachelor’s degree in communication. The Department of Communication offers undergraduate students the opportunity to focus on one of the four following areas of study: broadcasting, journalism, public relations, and interpersonal/organizational communication.
Ohio State University
Accredited by HLC
For those attending the Ohio State University, there’s the option to earn a BA in Communication. This program also offers the option to choose an area of study in one of the following concentrations: Communication Analysis and Practice, New Media and Communication Technology, and Strategic Communication.

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Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma
Accredited by HLC
The University of Oklahoma offers a BA in Communication with the option to choose choose to concentrate in intercultural/international communication, language and social interaction, political/mass communication, health communication or social influence/interpersonal communication. The Department of Communication is ranked among the top 20 programs in the nation.
Oklahoma City University
Accredited by HLC
Oklahoma City University offers a BA in Mass Communications, a degree that requires 124 total credit hours for completion. All majors are required to complete additional hours in their chosen discipline. These include advertising, broadcasting, multimedia journalism and public relations.

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Oregon

Southern Oregon University
Accredited by NWCCU
Southern Oregon University offers both a BA and a BS in Communication with a Communication Studies concentration. Students are required to complete a capstone project and graduate with the skills necessary to create and critically consume messages in both written and oral forms.
University of Portland
Accredited by NWCCU
At the University of Portland, students can pursue a BA in Communication with the option to select an area of specialization. These include journalism, rhetoric and media, and leadership and advocacy. Graduates are prepared to for professional communication work and for graduate study in a communication and related fields.

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Pennsylvania

Penn State Altoona’s offers a BA in Communications that requires for students to complete coursework at both the practical and theoretical level. Students in this program are required to complete a capstone Convergent Media Seminar. For the B.A. in Communications, a minimum of 123 credits is required.
Robert Morris University
Accredited by MSCHE
The BA in Communication degree at RMU is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of all aspects of communication. This program also allows students to pursue concentrations in Advertising, Journalism, Corporate Communication, Theatre, or Public Relations. Students can take classes like Business Professional Communication, English Literature, and Interpersonal and Small Group Communication.
University of Pennsylvania
Accredited by MSCHE
The University of Pennsylvania offers students an undergraduate degree in communication. This degree is granted by the College of Arts and Sciences, but the major curriculum is designed, administered, and instructed by the Annenberg School for Communication. Students can also choose an area of concentration including Global Communication, Critical Journalism, Civic Communication, Messages and Marketing, and Communication and Public Service.

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Rhode Island

Rhode Island College
Accredited by NEASC
Rhode Island College offers a bachelor’s degree in communication that encourages students to participate in an internship program and to take courses in a variety of courses in media and communication studies. Students can choose to specialize in a few different areas of study, including public relations, speech, language, and hearing science, or media communication.
University of Rhode Island
Accredited by NEASC
At the University of Rhode Island, students can earn a BA in Communication Studies, a program that provides maximum flexibility in planning for a variety of academic and occupational goals. Students can personalize their own curriculum. There’s also the option to apply courses in communication studies towards a BS degree from College of Human Science and Services.

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South Carolina

University of South Carolina
Accredited by SACS
The College of Information and Communication at the University of South Carolina offers a degree in Mass Communications that requires a capstone experience and coursework in print, broadcast, advertising, public relations and visual communications. Students will also have the opportunity to land internships in all communications fields.
Clemson University
Accredited by SACS
Clemson University offers a BA in Communication with a variety of focused plans of study, including Public Relations, Media and Mass Communication, Communication and the Law, Health Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Organizational Communication. This program also prepares graduates for advanced studies in the humanities, social sciences, business and law.

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South Dakota

University of South Dakota
Accredited by HLC
The University of South Dakota offers both a BA and a BS in communication studies. These programs differ in that the BA approaches the discipline from a humanistic perspective, whereas the BS encourages a social-scientific perspective towards research. Students are required to complete 33 major credit hours.
At South Dakota State University, students can pursue a major in Communication Studies. Students graduate with a BA and the ability to demonstrate comprehension of concepts relative to the theory and criticism of human communication. Courses are delivered in a wide range of formats including, lectures, laboratory, small group, seminar, interactive and collaborative partnerships.

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Tennessee

Tennessee State University
Accredited by SACS
Tennessee State University offers a Communications Studies degree covers a variety of topics, such as public speaking, small group communication, argumentation and debate, oral interpretation, interpersonal communication as well as forensics practicum. Students can choose an area of concentration in Intercultural Communication or Health Communication.
The Department of Communication at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers a BA in Communication that provides students with a solid foundation in the liberals arts and sciences, as well as training in the skills and knowledge required for success in a wide variety of professions. Communication majors also complete an internship.

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Texas

Texas A&M University
Accredited by SACS
At Texas A&M University, students can choose to earn a BA in Communication, a degree program that teaches how to influence and persuade others through the use of language, visual images and media. Students can choose to focus their studies further, by earning a certificate in Health Communication, Strategic Communication, Leadership and Conflict Management or Global Media.
The University of Texas at Arlington offers a BA in Communication with multiple specializations. The department offers a broad range of courses, including theories, skills, techniques, critical analysis, historical perspectives, and aesthetic appreciation. Students can select an area of specialization in advertising, broadcasting, communication technology, journalism, public relations, organizational communication, and speech communication.

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Utah

Utah State University
Accredited by NWCCU
At Utah State, students can choose to pursue a BA or a BS in Communication Studies through the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies. The Communication Studies program is small and selective, admitting only 25 majors each year. Students take a variety of courses in speech communication and its related areas, including courses in debate, conflict resolution, public speaking, and more.
University of Utah
Accredited by NWCCU
The Department of Communication at the University of Utah offers a BA or BS in Communication with four sequences: Strategic Communication (public relations, advertising, integrated marketing); Journalism (digital, broadcast, print); Communication Studies; or Science, Health, Environmental, and Risk Communication. Students select an area of sequence depending on their interest and and career goals.

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Vermont

Southern Vermont College
Accredited by NEASC
Southern Vermont College offers a BA in Communication that requires students to complete an internship as well as senior project or a senior thesis. This program is part of The Hunter Division of Humanities, which allows students to focus within the Communication major in areas such as cultural communication, new media, business communication, and healthcare communication.
University of Vermont
Accredited by NEASC
At the University of Vermont, students can earn a BS in Public Communication degree upon successful completion of all requirements set forth by the the university and the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics. This degree uses an integrated, hands-on approach to communication in the public interest. Courses cover such topics as communication law, news writing, public affairs, and more.

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Virginia

Liberty University
Accredited by SACS
At Liberty University, students can earn a BSBA in Communication that is designed to prepare students for graduate studies and careers in domestic and international marketplaces for general business, accounting, finance, and marketing. Students in this program can take classes like Media Writing, Journalism, Media and Culture, and Digital, Social, and Mobile Communication Strategies.
Radford University
Accredited by SACS
The School of Communication at Radford University offers both a BS and BA degree in Communication. Students have the option to choose an area of concentration in Communication Studies or Public Relations. This program is designed to prepare graduates for careers as professional communicators in both private and public sectors.
Virginia Tech
Accredited by SACS
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Virginia Tech offers a Communication major with courses that cover such topics as visual media, the rhetorical tradition, persuasion, and professional communication. Internship and research opportunities are available as well as a scholarships and awards for qualifying students.

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Washington

University of Washington
Accredited by NWCCU
The Department of Communication at the University of Washington offers a Communications major with the requirement that students select one one conceptual area of emphasis in the Department’s undergraduate program. These areas include Political Communication and Rhetoric, Social and Cultural Communication, and Technology and Global Media.
Western Washington University
Accredited by NWCCU
Western Washington University, through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, offers a Communications Studies major that prepares students to speak and write proficiently, think critically, apply communication concepts competently, and more. Internships are available to students who qualify as are scholarships and an honors program.

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West Virginia

At West Virginia State University, students can earn a BS in Communications, an interdisciplinary area of study with courses in the social sciences and humanities as well as information technology. The program was selected as one of West Virginia State University’s “Peaks of Excellence” and awarded the distinction of being a “Program of Excellence” by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
West Virginia University
Accredited by HLC
West Virginia University offers a BA in Communication Studies with the option to choose an area of study in interpersonal, health, social media and communication technology, or strategic and organizational communication. WVU requires the successful completion of a Capstone course along with 36 credit hours in Communication Studies courses.

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Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a BA in Communication Arts through its College of Letters and Science. Communication arts offers two options within the major: Communication Science and Rhetorical Studies and Radio–Television–Film. In order to receive a bachelor’s degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits.

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Wyoming

University of Wyoming
Accredited by HLC
The Communication and Journalism Department at the University of Wyoming offers a Communication major. It’s a liberal arts degree relevant to a variety of careers in community relations, public relations, politics, administration, law, sales management, and human resource management.

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Bachelors in Communication Quick Facts

Here is a brief snapshot of what to expect and look forward to with a bachelor’s degree in communication.

Quick Facts
Common Pre-Enrollment Requirements: High School Diploma or GED (associate’s degree is optional)
Common Core Subjects Covered: Public Speaking, Communication and Media, Interpersonal Communication
Non-Classwork Required: None (internship is strongly recommended)
Expected Time to Complete Bachelor’s Degree: 4 years
Common Next Steps: Entry-Level Position, Master’s Degree
Most Common Career Fields: Writer, Editor, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Journalism
 

Exploring Degree Types and Accreditation

Communication and Communication Studies are used interchangeably, and are the most commonly offered degrees for this field. There are other types of popular programs available too:

  • BA in Communication/Communication Studies – a four-year, interdisciplinary degree, with the flexibility to take theoretical and applied communication classes and pursue a concentration inside or outside of the communication field
  • BS in Communication/Communication Studies – a four-year degree, with less flexibility, solely focusing on theoretical and applied communication in a variety of contexts, and may be able to pursue a concentration within the communication field
  • BA in Communication and Media Studies – a four-year, interdisciplinary degree, focusing equally on theoretical and applied communication and media studies, examining each separately and how they affect each other, and possible concentrations include Film, Gender and Media, and Advertising
  • BA in Mass Communication – a four-year degree focusing on the intersection of communication and technology, and possible concentrations include TV/Radio Broadcasting and Journalism

Accreditation is important for all degrees, ensuring you receive a qualified education. The accrediting bodies featured in our list are:

  • CIHE – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • DEAC – Distance Education Accrediting Commission
  • HLC – Higher Learning Commission
  • MSA – Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • MSCHE – Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • NEASC – New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • NCA – North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
  • NWCCU – Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • SACS – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • WSCUC – WASC Senior College and University Commission

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