Because communications is such a broad field, students should make themselves familiar with the variety of related careers available including working for a newspaper, conducting legal work, directing the creative field of a business and analyzing the media. Most of these careers can be attained with a bachelor's degree.
10 Schools with Communications Degree Programs
Here are a few schools that offer programs in communications, along with their locations and average tuition cost.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degree Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Arizona State University||Tempe, AZ||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||$10,158 (in-state, undergrad), $10,610 (in-state, graduate)|
|Boston University||Boston, MA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's||$48,436 (in-state, undergraduate), $47,422 (graduate)|
|Texas A & M University||College Station, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Doctorate||$10,176 (in-state, undergraduate), $5,598 (in-state, graduate)|
|Johns Hopkins University||Baltimore, MD||4-year, Private||Master's||$48,710|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$6,368 (in-state, undergrad), $6,916 (in-state, graduate)|
|American University||Washington, DC||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||$43,103 (undergrad), $27,468 (graduate)|
|University of Missouri-St. Louis||St. Louis, MO||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$9,394 (in-state, undergraduate), $10,459 (in-state, graduate)|
|University of Louisville||Louisville, KY||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$10,744 (in-state)|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Madison, WI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's and Master's||$10,415 (in-state, undergraduate), $10,728 (in-state, graduate)|
|Purdue University||West Lafayette, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,002 (in-state)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
College Selection Criteria
When choosing a program, students should be careful to find one that will prepare them for their desired career. Considerations for students in the field of communications include:
- 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.
- The 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.
Students with an interest in journalism, legal writing, creative writing, broadcasting or business may find a degree in communications helpful when starting their career. Various degree options are available for the different occupations.