What will I learn?

Students in the communication major are exposed to the fundamental tenets of several aspects of the field, including interpersonal communication, oral communication, verbal and nonverbal communication, organizational communication, health communication, intercultural communication, and electronically mediated communication. They also learn about different approaches to research and practice within each field. Students also choose one of five concentrations which will allow them to focus their studies in an area best reflecting their personal interests and professional needs: 1) Media Theory and Production, which emphasizes the production, reception, and interpretation of messages via electronic media as well as the role of media institutions in society; 2) Corporate Communication, which emphasizes the analysis of verbal and nonverbal communication in interpersonal, business, and professional contexts as well as the development of skills to increase efficiency in conveying or interpreting messages in those contexts; 3) Journalism, which emphasizes the creation and interpretation of messages in a variety of news media and the development of journalistic ethics and reporting skills; 4) Public Relations, which emphasizes the construction of messages for public consumption across media and the development of skills to enhance the efficacy of conveying a message clearly and accurately via mass media institutions; or 5) Health Communication, which emphasizes the collection and dissemination of information about health issues on public, institutional, and interpersonal scales. Students may only major in one concentration; double majoring in two different concentration is prohibited.

Career Opportunities

The benefits of a communication major are manifold. Some graduates of the communication major continue their education in graduate school or law school. Others work for television or radio broadcast stations, newspapers, public service organizations, hospitals, insurance companies, public relations firms, political campaigns, and other businesses. Our unique partnership with WAMC Northeast Public Radio enables our best students to write, produce, and broadcast news reports at a national level an excellent springboard for careers in journalism and broadcasting. Students also have an opportunity to produce professional promotional videos for nonprofit organizations through the University’s Institute for Media and Nonprofit Communication. Regardless of the concentration they choose, our graduates tell us that the communication curriculum has helped them not only to develop their writing and speaking skills, but also to handle specialized assignments such as creating questionnaires and conducting interviews that provide useful data for their organizations.

Program Objectives

Intellectual Range

To enlarge and deepen students’ understanding of human nature as reflected in and affected by various forms of communication.
To enlarge and deepen students’ understanding and appreciation of the role of communication in human society and individual life.
To deepen students’ understanding of the various forms and media of communication.
To enhance students’ understanding of the conditions for both success and failure in communication, as well as abuses of power through communication.
To encourage critical reflection on the information and values conveyed by electronic media, as well as their role in society.
To encourage critical reflection on the ethical issues that arise in the field of communication.

Important Communication Skills

The ability to convey information and to persuade others effectively and efficiently whether in written, oral, or electronically mediated communication is of great value in personal, family, professional, and political life.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$35,454.00 per year
The above tuition fee is based on 12-18 credit hours per term; given fee is for 2019 – 2020 and it may be subject to change in future

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 August 2020, 19 January 2021

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

1215 Wilbraham Road,

SPRINGFIELD,

Massachusetts,

01119, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students admitted as regular, degree-seeking candidates must have graduated from an approved secondary school (high school) or have obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) by the time of their matriculation.

For international students

Students admitted as regular, degree-seeking candidates must have graduated from an approved secondary school (high school) or have obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) by the time of their matriculation.

Undergraduate students can use any of the following standardized tests to meet our English language requirement:

TOEFL - 79 IBT

IELTS - 6

PTE Academic - 53

STEP Eiken - Pre-1

iTEP – 4

Admission is on rolling basis.

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About this uni

The WNE campus is spread across a spectacular 215-acre area and was voted number 11 on a list of the 30 most beautiful campuses to visit in the fall.

  • 90% of graduates are in jobs or further study
  • WNE University has over 70 clubs and groups for students
  • WNE boasts a 4,500-seat multipurpose, outdoor sports stadium
  • USD 90 million has been invested in new campus facilities