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BA and BS Degrees in Communication

The Communication program offers three distinct concentrations to prepare students for a variety of careers:

Communication: Concentrations


Corporate and Public Relations Concentration

The concentration in Corporate and Public Relations covers a broad range of activities that help an organization and its publics communicate with one another. The field includes public relations, media relations, financial writing, publication design, employee and customer communication, desktop publishing, and government relations.

The required courses for both the BS and BA degrees in Corporate and Public Relations are similar, however, the BS requires specific science and math sequences, as well as courses in psychology, history, political science and economics. The BS degree does NOT require a foreign language component.

The BA in Corporate and Public Relations allows for a greater number of humanities electives and slightly more flexibility in choosing electives. The BA degree also requires a foreign language component. Please see "Degree Requirements" links below.

Skills in this field run the gamut from written to spoken to visual communication. A corporate communication specialist might be called on to write articles for an in-house newsletter, to research and write an annual report to shareholders, to publicize a special event, to write a speech for an executive, to plan a press conference, to develop a media plan for an organization, or to script a video for an employee orientation session.

Degree Requirements for BA and BS

Bachelor of Arts Degree: 182.0 credits

Bachelor of Science Degree: 182.0 credits

Recommended Plans of Study

Bachelor of Arts with Corporate and Public Relations Concentration: Five Year, 3 Co-op

Bachelor of Science with Corporate and Public Relations Concentration: Five Year, 3 Co-op


Global Journalism Concentration

The concentration in Global Journalism combines traditional journalism courses with study in areas that expand students’ understanding of the world, the impact of the media, and the role of technology in the global world. The concentration hones students’ ability to write and edit, while exploring new and evolving aspects of the field.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Degree: 182.0 credits

Recommended Plan of Study

Bachelor of Arts with Global Journalism Concentration: Five Year, 3 Co-op


Technical and Science Concentration

In the Technical and Science Communication concentration, students learn to communicate scientific and technical information to various audiences. The program combines courses that develop communication skills with courses that enhance understanding of science and technology.

Graduates find work in a wide range of areas, including technical writing for software or hardware products, proposal and grant writing, researching and composing materials to accompany pharmaceutical submissions to the FDA, and writing in the fields of general medicine or science.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree: 182.0 credits

Recommended Plan of Study

Bachelor of Science with Technical and Science Concentration: Five Year, 3 Co-op