The Bachelor of Arts in Communication major focuses on how verbal and nonverbal messages create meaning in various contexts.
This ranges from interactions between two people to interactions within groups. It also encompasses the creation of messages aimed at mass audiences across cultures and media. Particular interest is in the effect of messaging on human behavior. Coursework guides students to apply communication principles to a world of increasing complexity. Over the course of your studies as a Communication major, you will study…
This major is part of the Department of Communication
Major Requirements: The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Communication requires 45 hours of major courses. As part of their major courses, students will choose from one of four areas of specialization, totaling 21 hours:
Electives: Choose nine hours from one of the areas of specialization in the major or from the remaining courses in the major’s core; six hours must be upper-division.
General Education Requirements: The Communication degree requires 57 hours of general education courses that students complete over four years in addition to their major courses and electives.
View or download the full Communication degree plan (PDF)
Some examples of Communication coursework that students take includes:
An internship is a valuable opportunity for a student. It provides hands-on experience key to career development. It's a unique chance to experience daily life in a job and decide whether or not it's a good fit for you. You'll also have the chance to network and make important connections for career opportunities.
For example, Tomorrow Huff put her Communication major to work as an intern with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. As an operations assistant for Sixers Basketball and Dance Camps, she handled logistics for the teen and preteen campers, while immersed in a professional sports environment.
The following is a list of internships students have held in the past and should provide Communication majors with some ideas for what is available:
Our required, semester-long Capstone course examines a topic of your choosing. This completes a two-semester research/experiential course sequence, which is notable for a smaller liberal arts school. The combination of research and practical learning gives students an opportunity to hone their abilities and develop skills valued by employers and graduate schools.
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“Teaching is foremost about connection. I see teaching unfolding through both pragmatic and playful approaches of inquiry. As a result, my personal teaching style involves immediacy, humor and critical pedagogy coupled with discussion, lecture and reflection.”
– Shannan H. Butler, PhD, associate professor
“At its heart, teaching is about finding new ways to connect ideas — ways that students perhaps hadn't considered before. Sometimes that means doing it in ways that even I as a teacher hadn't thought about, which is why I have always remembered the Latin proverb: "One learns by teaching.”
– Billy Earnest, PhD, associate professor
Students in the Communication major complete their undergraduate education prepared to enter the workforce in a variety of fields or to pursue post-graduate education.
Read about our successful alumni. See what they have to say about life after St. Edward’s.
Students who wish to earn a Communication minor must take the following coursework, totaling 21 hours.
Students choose nine hours from one area of specialization in the major or from the remaining courses in the major's core. Six hours must be upper division.
Are you a current student? Contact your advisor for next steps on declaring your major or minor.