The study of communication equips students to cultivate critical thinking, intellectual and professional leadership, critical consumption of information and ethical communication practices that foster social responsibility. The BGSU Communication major provides opportunities for students to gain experience in public speaking; to develop skills in argumentation, facilitation, negotiation and conflict resolution; to become critical consumers of mediated and political discourses; and to effect social change. The curriculum prepares students for careers in areas such as community service, international affairs, law, marketing communications, and politics, or for continued student in graduate or professional schools. Collaborative initiatives between faculty and students that include research projects, service learning, and international study.
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DeAnte Shivers received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (BAC) in May of 2017. He now uses his degree to pursue what he loves: cooking. Shivers serves as an example of the diversity which is possible in the communication field. Jobs can vary from working in an office, all the way to effectively using communication in the business world. "Communication definitely taught me how to prepare better, and how to communicate more efficiently," Shivers said. Read More
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Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Communication are expected to be able 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.
Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
The Communication program is currently undergoing Program/Cluster Review.
Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.
Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Communication program does not lead to professional licensure.
Gainful Employment (If applicable)
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
The Communication program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.