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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication is a 30-credit-hour degree program with the opportunity to add a second major in another field of interest. You may be able to complete the degree either in person or online.

Students specialize in one of three concentrations:

  • Communication studies - online or in person
  • Public relations - in person only
  • Sport communication - in person only
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Career Opportunities

The demand for communication skills is high, and job opportunities continue to expand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for public relations specialists over the next 10 years (2020-2030) is 11%, which is faster than the average compared to other job categories. Fundraising specialists expect to see 13% growth over the same period of time. In general, management positions, such as directors of communication, are expected to grow 8% from 2020 to 2030.

A degree in communication offers nearly unlimited career opportunities in a variety of organizational settings.

  • Communication directors
  • Directors of development
  • Public relations managers
  • Conflict specialists
  • Directors of publics affairs
  • Media relations managers
  • Social media managers
  • Program facilitators
  • Advocacy specialists
  • Community liaisons
  • Fundraising specialists
  • Event planners
  • Brand strategists
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What Students Say

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“The online communication program taught me that communication is more than writing and public speaking. Rather, it also taught me how to react during a crisis, how to be a leader, communicate internationally and so much more.”

- Angela Kessinger

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“The public relations program at Ashland has paved my way to amazing internships and on-campus leadership opportunities where I can practice skills learned in the classroom.” 

- Cassandra Burnham, Public Relations and Strategic Communication Major

Contact Information

Deleasa Randall-Griffiths
Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, Ph.D.
Director, Online Applied Communication Studies Program; Professor of Communication Studies
329 Center for the Arts