Communications is a broad field that encompasses several subspecialties. Let's take a look at some of the top communications programs in the country. Bachelor's degree programs in communications cover such areas of study as public relations, media studies, journalism, visual communications, and advertising. Some schools offer a communications major with a variety of concentration options, while others offer each field as a distinct major. Minors and interdisciplinary programs are often available. Each of the schools we'll highlight have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia
The University of Pennsylvania holds numerous research centers dedicated to subsets of communications, including global communications studies, culture and communications, visual communications, and communication neurosciences. The University of Pennsylvania was ranked tied at #6 in the nation among all universities in 2020, according to U.S. News & World Report. Although the Annenberg School for Communications is widely regarded for its graduate programs, the school also offers an undergraduate communications major.
After completing foundational courses, students choose a concentration, such as health communications, political communications, media effects, or messages and marketing. Students can also enroll in the school's honors program, study abroad programs, or internship programs.
University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin's Semester in Los Angeles program provides firsthand experience for communications majors who are interested in the entertainment industry. The University of Texas at Austin is well-recognized academically, tying at 48th among the best universities in the nation in 2020, according to U.S. News & World Report. The College of Communications offers specialties in numerous areas related to communications, such as advertising and public relations, communication sciences, journalism, or radio-television-film. Students can choose concentrations in corporate communication, human relations, and political communication.
Michigan State University in East Lansing
Michigan State University offer study abroad programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Michigan State University tied at 84th on U.S. News & World Report's list of best schools in the nation in 2020. The school's College of Communication Arts and Sciences has a bachelor's, master's and PhD program in communication. Linked BA/MA options are available, and students can choose between a thesis and non-thesis track for their master's.
Top Undergraduate Communications Programs
There are several other schools that offer undergraduate communications programs. Let's take a look at some of them:
|New York University||New York, NY||Degree offerings through the Department of Media, Culture and Communication (MCC) include a combined MCC/Global Public Health major|
|Northwestern University||Evanston, IL||The School of Communications offers numerous undergraduate degrees, including communication studies, children and communications, and health communications|
|Purdue University||West Lafayette, IN||The Brian Lamb School of Communication is housed in the $28 million Beering Hall and includes multimedia equipment and an interaction research lab|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Champaign, IL||More than 1,000 students study communications at some level at the university, focusing on specializations such as communication and health, communication and culture, mediated communication, and interpersonal communications|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||Options for communications majors include an honors program, which allows qualified students to complete a research project and senior thesis|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||Madison, WI||Students pursuing degrees through the Department of Communication Arts can take advantage of internships and study abroad options, as well as a student radio station, a public relations society, and an advertising club|
Many of the best schools in the country offer various levels of education in communications. Some exceptional examples include the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Texas, and Michigan State University.