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Communications Degree at Western Carolina University (WCU)

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Communications Degree

The communications program at Western Carolina 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 North Carolina 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. WCU offers a bachelor's degree program in communications.

Students by Gender (2010-2011)

 Graduates
Male18
Female22

Students by Race (2010-2011)

 Graduates
American Indian1
Black3
White34
Unknown1

Career Options for Graduates

Upon completion of the Communications program at WCU, most students have pursued careers in the following fields:

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

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 North Carolina

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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Appalachian State University

Boone, NC
Type: 4-Year Public College

48 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B)
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, NC
Type: 4-Year Public College

210 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B,M)
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Catawba College

Salisbury, NC
Type: 4-Year Private College

14 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B)
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Pfeiffer University

Misenheimer, NC
Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B)
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Wake Forest University

Winston Salem, NC
Type: 4-Year Private College

100 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B,M)
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Salem College

Winston Salem, NC
Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B)
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Guilford College

Greensboro, NC
Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs Offered
  • Communications (C)
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University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, NC
Type: 4-Year Public College

120 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B,M)
  • Media Studies (B,M)
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North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, NC
Type: 4-Year Public College

22 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B)
  • Media Studies (B)
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC
Type: 4-Year Public College

220 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B,M,D)
  • Media Studies (B,M,D)