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
- Public relations
- Sport communication
For details about the curriculum, review the Four-Year Curriculum Guide for the in-person program or the Curriculum Guide for the online program.
You can also review the course descriptions, program requirements for each concentration and the course rotation.
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
What Students Say
“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
“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
Communication Studies Department
204 Center for the Arts
Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, Ph.D.
Chair and Director, Online Undergraduate Communication Studies Program
Professor of Communication Studies
329 Center for the Arts