The Bachelor of Arts in Communication provides a broad-based understanding of the process of communication, which includes: communication and society, communication and the person, and organizational communication. The program is intended for those seeking knowledge of how organizations and groups function communicatively, how to facilitate these functions, as well as understanding human interaction across a variety of contexts.
Career choices for communications professionals are incredibly diverse because every organizational sector and industry needs effective communication to succeed. The number one skill employers seek in a candidate is a strong communication skill set (AAC&U< 2014). This program will prepare students to negotiate the variety of situations and demands they face in relationships, organizations and in society. Graduates will: demonstrate comprehension of basic theories, principles, and concepts in communication; illustrate the ability to speak, listen, and write for various communication outlets; and evaluate interpersonal and inter-cultural communication issues. After obtaining a degree in communication, graduates are set up for success for pursuing advanced degrees.
Job prospects are strong for students with a degree in communication. One area that employs many communication graduates is public relations which is expected to add at least 50,000 new jobs by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A bachelor’s in communications, combined with a few years of job experience, can also help graduates move into management roles.
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The Bachelor of Arts in Communication is a 120-semester hour degree program (with 39 credit hours in the major) that blends social-cultural communication with interpersonal-rhetorical communication.
Mercer understands the needs of working adults by providing a rigorous bachelor’s program, combined with small class sizes, flexible schedules and the individual attention needed to succeed in an academic setting. Students are taught by world-class professors that combine class instruction with relevant real-world experience. Many students in the program are currently employed and find that the convenient evening class format works well with their busy schedules.
The program offers classes in a classroom setting, delivered one night per week, during an eight-week session. Students can comfortably take two classes per week, while maintaining a work-life balance. The program also offers courses online, providing additional options and convenience when scheduling classes. Online classes are taught by the same faculty that students find in our traditional classroom settings.