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Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Engage, motivate, and impact society through effective communication in interpersonal, group, and public settings.

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Overview

The Department of Communication Studies’ Bachelor of Arts degree focuses on how people exchange messages to achieve shared meaning. By majoring in communication studies, you will learn about communication across several mediums and contexts, including public communication and advocacy, interpersonal and relational communication, and professional and organizational communication.

Course work for a COM BA or Minor will help you develop the communication skills that are in demand by employers across the country. Essential communication skills that we emphasize include the ability to public speaking and presentational skills, advocacy skills, the ability to effectively explain complex ideas, the ability to communicate effectively in teams, and the ability to think critically and analytically.

Tracks/Options

The Department of Communication Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in two major areas of concentration: Relational Communication and Public Communication.

Relational Communication

Students of Relational Communication study the different ways individuals, small groups, and organizations exchange messages to achieve shared meaning. These skills that result from such studies are crucial in a wide range of professions, including careers in business, nursing, counseling, psychology, and social work.

Public Communication

Students of Public Communication study processes and types of persuasion that impact political communities, from ethical argumentation to deceitful propaganda. The persuasive skills that result from such studies are also crucial in a wide range of professions, from careers in politics and law to careers in journalism and public policy.

Minor in Communications

In addition to the major, the department offers a minor in communications to supplement other major degrees. Students explore the functions, processes, channels, and influences of communication. They work to acquire proficiency in critical analysis, social scientific and humanistic research methods, argumentation, and oral written presentation.

Testimonies

We are dedicated to helping our students succeed. Students who have obtained their undergraduate degree in Communication Studies have gone on to many great jobs. Recent graduates have also gone on to join our M.A. program, a great opportunity to extend your education.

Nicole Santero, Director of Communications, UNLV School of Public Health

In my first year at UNLV, I wasn't sure exactly what type of career I wanted to pursue. It wasn't until I took Oral Communication and Interpersonal Communication that I realized this was the degree path for me. I really enjoyed public speaking, writing, and thinking critically about how people exchange information and interact with each other. I remember exploring the major and was excited to be exposed to a whole set of careers that I never knew existed. One of the greatest opportunities that comes with getting a communication studies degree is how valuable your skills are to essentially any industry. You can work in entertainment, education, non-profit, healthcare, tech, politics, and so much more.

Nicole Santero, Director of Communications, UNLV School of Public Health
Michael Abante, PR Specialist

Since obtaining my degree in Communication Studies at UNLV, I have had the opportunity to not only grow in my career field but utilize my skillset as a competent communicator in other ventures of my life. Working in the field of public relations and marketing means that I am constantly talking with different clients, members of the media and team members to tell stories and bring awareness to various community organizations. The knowledge I’ve gained from my professors at UNLV has given me a strong foundation since graduating and continues to impact the work I do today.

Michael Abante, PR Specialist
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A bachelor's degree in communications from UNLV provides you with an incredible foundation. It allows you to be creative yet pragmatic. A degree in communication studies opens a number of doors in a variety of fields so you’re never stuck. My degree opened so many doors in both the public relations and legal fields. Having a strong communications background has allowed me to think in different ways and address a number of client issues that other attorneys may not think about.

Brandi Planet, Founding Partner Lex Domus Law

Internships and Other Opportunities

In addition to traditional course work, we also have opportunities to be involved outside of the classroom. We offer internships opportunities ranging from local nonprofits to national political offices and international businesses. Students can become involved in a variety of student clubs, and high achieving COM majors may be eligible for our honors society, Lambda Pi Eta.