A major in Communication prepares students to be effective and ethical communicators in a variety of professional settings. They are equipped to cultivate critical thinking, intellectual and professional leadership, critical consumption of information and ethical communication practices that foster social responsibility.
Quality classroom experiences
In the classroom, students gain experience in public speaking and develop skills in argumentation, facilitation, negotiation and conflict resolution. Collaborative initiatives between faculty and students include research projects, service learning and international study.
Many courses include a service-learning focus that lets students apply their communication knowledge and skills on campus and in the local community.
The theoretical and skills-based courses in the Communication program enhance the students' understanding and use of communication in public speaking and presentations, argumentation, writing, conflict negotiation, management and persuasion. The curriculum covers human communication in a variety of contexts reflected in the program's four areas of emphasis: Relational Communication, Intercultural and Global Communication, Advocacy and Organizational Communication.
Stand Out in courses like
- Communication Theory
- Communication Research Methods
- Media Research
- Relational Communication
- Business and Professional Speaking
- Media and Strategic Communication
- Organizational Communication
- Communication and Conflict
- Intercultural/Global Communication
- Gender, Media and Culture
- Rhetorical Criticism
- Political Communication
93.5% of graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation.
Internships and Careers
Students majoring in Communication have opportunities to gain valuable experience and networking opportunities by participating in internships or being active in student organizations such as the Falcon Forensics Speech and Debate Team, Pi Kappa Delta, Association for Women in Communication, the Public Relations Student Society of America and Falcon Media.
Because a degree in Communication prepares students with the competencies employers look for across a wide range of careers, they may pursue careers in areas such as community service, international affairs, law, marketing communications, and politics, or for continued educational opportunities in graduate or professional schools.
Average Starting Salary & BGSU Placement Rate
$38,302* — BGSU communication graduates average starting salary
95.5% of communication graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation
(BGSU data compiled from students who completed the related questions on the graduation survey.)
Go Far in your career
- Academic Advising
- Community Affairs
- Corporate Communication
- Customer Relations
- International Affairs
- Non-profit Administration
- Public Relations
Falcon Forensics Speech and Debate Team CONSISTENTLY win national championships at the individual and team level
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in communication are expected to:
- Recognize the importance of communication across four related areas of emphasis: a) relational communication, b) organizational communication, c) intercultural/global communication, and d) advocacy;
- Understand core communication theories and concepts and be prepared to apply them in their daily lives;
- Demonstrate competence in theories and concepts from one of the four areas of emphasis (i.e., relational communication, organizational communication, intercultural/global communication, advocacy) and be prepared to apply them in their daily lives;
- Evaluate communication research studies critically;
- Research, develop, organize, and deliver effective and ethical written and oral presentations.
* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.