School of Social Sciences and International Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

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Why Choose Communication Studies?

Join the current students earning B.A. degrees in Communication Studies and Media Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. The School of Social Sciences and International Studies at Wright State welcomes you to share our passion and dedication to the field of communication. Communication is central to all activities whether it is in political communication, public affairs campaigns, or social media. Our faculty, staff, undergraduate, and graduates students are dedicated to keeping current in their fields of expertise. You can join our alumni, one of the highest number of graduates at Wright State, in striving to make the world a better place.

Study from a social scientific perspective how humans create, transmit, receive, and respond to messages. The communication studies program will help you better understand intrapersonal and interpersonal communication. The mass communication program shapens your skills in mediated processes and effects, social media, digital media, and other multimedia processes. Your intellectual, organizational, and social abilities will increase through our new curriculum. These abilities can be applied to a variety of contexts, including interpersonal, organizational, and mediated settings. Your courses will underscore real-world experiences with theoretical frameworks. Your ability to critically think about the world around you cannot be overemphasized. We strive to help you participate in a democratic society as an informed and civically engaged citizen and demonstrate global and multicultural competence.


What can you do with a degree in communication studies?

  • Account Manager
  • Activities Director
  • Advertising Executive
  • Alumni Coordinator
  • Arts Administrator
  • Career and Training Advisor
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • College Admissions Counselor
  • Community Relations Director
  • Conference Coordinator and Supervisor
  • Department Administrator
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Health Services Manager 
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Instructional Designer
  • International Student Coordinator
  • Journalist
  • Labor Relations Consultant
  • Language Arts Teacher
  • Leasing Consultant 
  • Legal Communication Consultant
  • Legislative Correspondent
  • Linguist
  • Manager
  • Media Relations
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Multicultural Specialist
  • Museum Curator
  • National Fraternity Chapter Consultant
  • National Sorority Chapter Consultant
  • News Anchor 
  • Newspaper Publisher
  • Paralegal
  • Private Investigator
  • Production Assistant
  • Promotional Specialist
  • Public Affairs Director
  • Publications Editor
  • Publicist
  • Quality Inspector
  • Radio News Director
  • Radio Talk Show Host
  • Recreational Representative
  • Residential Housing 
  • Rights Advocate
  • Salesperson
  • Script Writer
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Specialist
  • Speech Teacher
  • Speechwriter
  • Sports Announcer
  • Sports Marketer
  • Student Activities Director
  • Student Services Director
  • Telecommunications Specialist
  • Telemarketing
  • Television Producer
  • Television Reporter 
  • Tour Guide
  • Webmaster
  • Wedding Consultant

Real-World Experience

Internships can be completed for COM 4330 after administrative approval. You must turn in a job description, the credentials of the supervisor, and an explanation of how you applied concepts learned in your classes to the real-world experiences in this internship. Past students have interned at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the Dayton Dragons, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Cox Media, Central Intelligence Agency, religious organizations, and hospitals.

Success Stories

Amanda Harris, a communication studies student who interns in the New Media Incubator, helped beginning French students work on their language skills by producing storytelling videos.
Vicky Lindsey is set to graduate early from Wright State with a degree in communication studies.

Academics and Curriculum

View the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies program information and requirements in the Academic Catalog.


The major in communication is for you if you are interested in personal development or a career in education, industry, government, or the media. Communication majors are expected to achieve basic proficiency in communication skills and to master the essentials of communication theory. All communication majors must take 12 hours of required courses, as well as a minimum of 43 additional hours in communication. All communication majors are encouraged to participate in communication activities outside the university. To be admitted as a major, you must have at least a 2.25 GPA.

Review the college admission requirements and complete the admission application. Identify whether you will be majoring in communication studies.

If you are a current student and wish to change majors, go to the WINGS Express major/minor change request form and change your major.  If you are an undecided/exploratory student, talk to your advisor about majoring in communication studies.


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