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Communications Degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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  • FAFSA School Code: 003754
  • Phone: (540) 231-6000

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Communications Degree

The communications program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University prepares the student to enter the fields of advertising, marketing, organizational communication, public relations, publishing, human resources, law, criminal justice, politics, public administration, and more. The program focuses on the scientific, humanistic, and critical study of human communication in a variety of formats, media, and contexts. Program courses include: intercultural communication, speaking and listening, verbal and nonverbal interaction, rhetorical theory and criticism, argumentation and persuasion, technologically mediated communication, and popular culture. Get more details below including other Virginia colleges that offer communications degrees.

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Students Enrolled in the Communications Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. Virginia Tech offers a bachelor's degree program in communications.

Students by Gender (2010-2011)

 Graduates
Male72
Female170

Students by Race (2010-2011)

 Graduates
American Indian1
Asian5
Black1
Hispanic9
White204
Unknown21

Career Options for Graduates

Students who have completed the Communications program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, have entered into some of these more popular career paths listed below:

Court Reporters

  • Description:

    Use verbatim methods and equipment to capture, store, retrieve, and transcribe pretrial and trial proceedings or other information. Includes stenocaptioners who operate computerized stenographic captioning equipment to provide captions of live or prerecorded broadcasts for hearing-impaired viewers.

Communications Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Description:

    Teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Public Address System and Other Announcers

  • Description:

    Make announcements over public address system at sporting or other public events. May act as master of ceremonies or disc jockey at weddings, parties, clubs, or other gathering places.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, public address system and other announcers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 5.2% from 2010 to 2020

Public Relations Specialists

  • Description:

    Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, public relations specialists employment is expected to grow at a rate of 22.5% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
      • Total Employment: 130
      • Average Hourly Rate: $20.45
      • Average Annual Salary: $42,530

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Other schools offering Communications Programs in Virginia

Communications programs are available at the colleges and universities listed below.

C = Certificate or Award | A = Associate Degree | B = Bachelor's Degree | M = Master's Degree | D = Doctor Degree (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

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Radford University

Radford, VA
Type: 4-Year Public College

77 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B,M)
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Hollins University

Roanoke, VA
Type: 4-Year Private College

8 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B)
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Bluefield College

Bluefield, VA
Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B)
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Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA
Type: 4-Year Private College

130 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B,M)
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Lynchburg College

Lynchburg, VA
Type: 4-Year Private College

37 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B)
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Randolph College

Lynchburg, VA
Type: 4-Year Private College

6 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B)
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Mary Baldwin College

Staunton, VA
Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B)
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Longwood University

Farmville, VA
Type: 4-Year Public College

55 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B)
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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
Type: 4-Year Public College

390 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B)
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Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA
Type: 4-Year Private College

9 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B)