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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)



A communication major prepares students to be effective and ethical communicators in a variety of professional settings. Our students cultivate:

  • Critical thinking
  • Intellectual and professional leadership
  • Critical consumption of information
  • Ethical communication practices that foster social responsibility

Communication also is available as a minor.

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.

93.5% of graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation.

Career - what can you do with a communication degree?

A communication degree prepares students with the competencies employers look for across a wide range of careers. Graduates may pursue careers in areas such as community service, international affairs, law, marketing communications and politics. They also may continue on to graduate or professional schools.

Career paths

  • Academic advising
  • Community affairs 
  • Corporate communications
  • Customer relations
  • International affairs
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Politics
  • Public relations
  • Sales
  • Writing

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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.


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.

Required courses

communication BEEG5313

Sample courses

  • 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

BGSU College of Arts and Sciences

The Communication program is part of the School of Media and Communication in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.

Updated: 02/13/2024 10:02AM