How to Choose a Communications Program
Because communications is such a broad field, students should make themselves familiar with the variety of careers available to graduates with a communications degree. Careers include working for a newspaper, conducting legal work, directing the creative field of a business and analyzing the media. These careers have varied outlooks and expected salaries that students may want to consider. Most of these careers can be had with a bachelor's degree.
Further considerations for students in this field:
- Programs should include a wide variety of the subjects in this varied field, including journalism, publishing, public relations, advertising, technical writing and editing, among others.
- Communication programs should be up-to-date and a student newspaper should be available in both print and online versions, as well as a radio station and television station in which the student can participate.
- School should have an extensive internship program where students can build a set of practical skills and experiences, which may include published writing clips.
Bachelor's degrees in communications typically include course work from a wide variety of areas, such as health, business or family communication. These programs will also emphasize written communication as well. Master's programs may be narrowed more toward a specific communications area. Often, communications programs are offered online.
10 Schools with Communications Degree Programs
|Arizona State University||4-year, Public|
|Boston University||4-year, Private|
|Texas A & M University||4-year, Public|
|Johns Hopkins University||4-year, Private|
|University of Central Florida||4-year, Public|
|American University||4-year, Private|
|University of Missouri-St. Louis||4-year, Public|
|University of Louisville||4-year, Public|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||4-year, Public|
|Purdue University||4-year, Public|