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Communication Major

Earn a bachelor's degree in communication

Employers consistently report that excellent oral and written communication skills are the most desirable abilities in potential employees. By studying communication at SBU, you will become well-versed in the foundational communication theory and practices that will equip you to be prepared for a wide variety of potential career paths. Many communication alumni go on to pursue further education and have had significant success at graduate schools.

The Communication degree is offered through SBU's College of Arts and Sciences


Degree Plan

Grad school

(Approximately 95% of SBU communication graduates applying to graduate school are accepted to the program of their choice.)

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The SBU Advantage

  • SBU is home to a nationally recognized forensics team which has won 12 Pi Kappa Delta national championships.
  • Thrive in small class sizes where you receive personal attention and guidance to help set you up for success as you pursue your personal and professional goals.
  • Joining the forensics team, student media groups or honor societies gives you plenty of opportunities to put your learning into action.

Faith Integration

As a communication major at SBU, you will be challenged to consider how all aspects of your communication impact those you interact with and how your communication skills can be an effective tool for reaching others with the Gospel message.

This integration of faith with the academic discipline of communication is built on the example of the apostle Paul in Acts 17. Like Paul, you will learn how to communicate effectively with others, even those who have different beliefs and opinions. You will learn how to discuss topics that are important to you in a way that is meaningful and influential.


Communication majors at SBU have completed valuable internship experiences at various organizations, including:

  • 1U Project
  • Bass Pro Shops, corporate headquarters
  • Freshwater Church
  • Hope International
  • KOLR10, TV news station
  • KY3, TV news station
  • Metropolitan Bride
  • Mossy Oak Properties
  • OZone, local television sports report show


SBU communication graduates have pursued a variety of careers including:

  • Event planning and coordination
  • Freelance communication consultation
  • Marketing professional
  • Sales management
  • Social media management
  • Sports communication (public relations and social media)

Graduate Schools

Many SBU communication graduates choose to pursue further education in communication and other fields at institutions such as:

  • Cornell University
  • Northwestern University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Ohio University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Oklahoma

Clubs and Organizations

Student Media

Put your learning into action through participation in Infuse, SBU's podcast radio reporting campus and community news. Get real-life, hands-on experience with content creation, production and distribution.

Forensics Team

Join the Speaking Bearcats, SBU's nationally acclaimed forensics speech and debate team, which has won 12 Pi Kappa Delta (intercollegiate speech and debate honorary organization) national championships.

Lambda Pi Eta

As a communication major at SBU, you may have the opportunity to join Lambda Pi Eta, a national honor society for communication majors recognizing academic achievement and quality character.