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What will I learn?

Communication studies provides students with modern academic programs for the purpose of understanding human communication. Courses examine multiple, cross disciplinary approaches for studying messages and outcomes resulting from human interactive processes that involve the content and relationship dimensions of sources, receivers, channels and contexts. Emphasis is upon person-to-person transactions involving face-to-face and social media venues at the interpersonal, small group, organizational, and public levels. Instruction employs ways of knowing and research methodologies of social science, historical/critical analysis, and art. Our graduates have successful careers in business, education, government, conflict analysis and intervention, health, public relations, entertainment, personnel management, politics, sales, conference and event planning, hospitality industries and more.

A major in communication studies also provides valuable pre-professional preparation for graduate and professional studies in the fields of communication, counseling, law, management, ministry and military. Through traditional classroom delivery and distance learning platforms, students acquire communication skill competencies in experiential classroom activities, research projects, studies abroad and internships. Communication Studies graduates leave JMU prepared to participate effectively as citizens in the communication age.


  • Advocacy Studies
  • Cultural Communication
  • Health Communication Studies
  • Interpersonal Communication Studies
  • Organizational Communication Studies
  • Public Relations Studies

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Letters

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,600.00 per year
Given fee includes Tuition, Insurance and ISSS
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


College of Arts and Letters

Harrison Hall, 54 Bluestone Drive,



22807, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: PBT (Paper Based TOEFL): 550.

For international students

Applicants must have official high school transcript with senior year course schedule.

Minimum standardized test score:

IELTS minimum score of 6.5

Pearson PTE Academic minimum score of 58

TOEFL minimum score of 81 (internet-based test)

Cambridge English Exam - Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) minimum score of 176, CEFR level

Application deadline: Fall Term - June 1; Spring Term - October 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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