Bachelor Degrees in Communication
Career Options with This Degree
With a bachelor’s degree in communication, a number of career opportunities are available. Every major corporation in the world hires people to work in this field, and some of the job tasks students could do include serving as customer support or public relations, writing speeches or press releases, responding to emails, building community through social networking sites, directing commercials, developing marketing campaigns, and more. Larger companies and government communications departments hire entire teams to work in their communications departments, while smaller companies tend to hire just one person.
Average Salary of Degree Holders
According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, media and communications workers earned a mean annual wage of $52,550 in May 2011, and depending on experience, job title, employer, and other factors, you might earn more. Some of the most common entry-level job duties could include doing basic office tasks for a company’s communication department. As students gain experience, they can climb the corporate ladder to work in management roles or technical roles, which are both areas that command higher salaries. Keep in mind that location also plays a role in salary. Students find more jobs and are offered higher salaries in major metropolitan areas, in most cases.
Coursework Required to Obtain This Degree
During college, the courses students take as part of a bachelor’s degree in communication are heavy in areas such as writing, technology, and business. In addition, most colleges offering communications degrees take a liberal arts approach to education, so students have to take core courses in areas such as math, science, and the arts to get a well-rounded education.
At many colleges, communications have the opportunity to choose a concentration or minor, which can help students focus their education in one area, such as writing or television. This is a great way to learn advanced skills in a certain area so students can find a higher-level (and better paying) job after graduation.
Bachelors in Communications Degree Programs
- Ashford University — BA in Communication Studies
- Ashford University — BA in Journalism & Mass Communication
- DeVry University — Bachelor in Communications
- Grand Canyon University — BA in Communications
- Southern New Hampshire University — BA in Communications
- University of Phoenix — BS in Communication
Featured Journalism Schools and Degrees
Ashford University — Ashford's bachelor's degree program in either journalism & mass communications or communication studies is a good fit for anyone pursuing a career in business, communication management, media, journalism, or public policy. Upon completion of either program, graduates are highly valued and sought after in the job market in all of these industries. Ashford also offers a similar degree in English/Language Arts that is geared toward individuals interested in a liberal arts education. AU is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Ave, Suite 100, Alameda, California 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org. Read more about Ashford University.
Kaplan University — For aspiring journalists seeking a communications degree, Kaplan University offers two such programs, the BS in Communication/Organization Communication and the Advanced Start BS in Communications for students who have already earned an associate's or bachelor's degree. Students enrolled in online programs engage classes through the use of online communities of peers, multimedia, and hands-on assignments.
University of Phoenix — The University of Phoenix offers a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a specialization in Journalism. The degree program develops a foundation for understanding effective exchange of information regarding journalistic news presentations for print, Web, and broadcast media. Advaced classes build on these lessons and help develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that journalists will use in a career. University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Visit the University of Phoenix for more information about accreditations and licensures.
Southern New Hampshire University — Southern New Hampshire University offers a MA degree in communication that combines courses in communication with a solid foundation in the liberal arts. Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter careers in advertising, business writing, corporate communications, journalism, and more. Read more about Southern New Hampshire University.
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