Communications Degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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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 (2015)

 Graduates
Male55
Female132

Students by Race (2015)

 Graduates
Asian10
Black10
Hispanic13
White137
Multiple Races12
Non Resident Alien1
Unknown4

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

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:

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.

Radio and Television Announcers

Description

Speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.

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 & Projections ()

According to the BLS, public address system and other announcers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 2.9% from 2014 to 2024

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 & Projections ()

According to the BLS, public relations specialists employment is expected to grow at a rate of 6.2% from 2014 to 2024

Salary & Wages

  • Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
    • Total Employment: 160
    • Average Hourly Rate: $25.12
    • Average Annual Salary: $52250

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 = Doctorate Degree (PhD,MD,...)

Radford University

Radford, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • 100 students completed this program

Programs

  • Communications (B,M)

Hollins University

Roanoke, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs

  • Communications (B)

Bluefield College

Bluefield, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs

  • Communication, General (B)
  • Communications (B)

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • 150 students completed this program

Programs

  • Communication, General (B,M)
  • Communications (B,M)

Lynchburg College

Lynchburg, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • 34 students completed this program

Programs

  • Communications (B)

Mary Baldwin College

Staunton, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs

  • Communications (B)

Longwood University

Farmville, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • 58 students completed this program

Programs

  • Communications (B)

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • 360 students completed this program

Programs

  • Communications (B,M)

Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • 11 students completed this program

Programs

  • Communications (B)

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • 23 students completed this program

Programs

  • Communications (M)

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
73.41%

FINANCIAL AID RATE
68%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
14:1

DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
26

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$8,023