Dominican College

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at Dominican College is a well-rounded liberal arts program that balances theory and practice. Our program prepares students to be effective communicators, ethical leaders and innovative media practitioners. The course work assists students in developing competencies of critical thinking, problem solving, media and message design, presentations, relational interaction and cultural communication.

The program offers two concentration tracks, media communication and organizational communication and leadership. The media communication concentration instructs students in journalism, mass communication, visual communication and digital technology. Students in the organizational communication and leadership concentration will discuss issues in global communications, public relations and crisis communication.

Program graduates possess the skills necessary to efficiently and meaningfully engage in the media, society and organizations. After graduation, students are well-trained problem solvers with the ability to plan, negotiate and lead messaging campaigns and communications policy in the industry of their choice.

Program requirements: The Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies program at Dominican college requires completion of 36 credit hours - 15 hours in core communication studies, 15 hours in your chosen concentration and six hours of electives in communications from either the other program track or criminal justice communications courses. A grade of a "C" or higher must be earned in all classes applied toward the degree. Classes offered online are part of the ACCEL program. Classes convene in flexible eight-week sessions. Students may enroll in up to three classes per session and earn a maximum of 45 credit hours each year.

Accreditation: Dominican College is registered by the New York State Education Deprtment and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680; (215) 662-5606.

Career opportunities: Communications majors have an abundance of career options to choose from. Career options including film and video editors, reporter, correspondent, broadcast news analyst, public relation practitioner and human resources director. Jobs in advertising are also lucrative options for communications graduates. One particularly growing career available to communications graduates is interpreter or translator. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, job opportunities in this field are projected to grow by 42 percent in the next decade.

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