Department of Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations

Wilson Hall, Room 316
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
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(248) 370-4120

General Department Questions:
Debra Koehler

Communication, B.A.

Communication, B.A.

Communication is a liberal arts major designed to engage students in creating a voice for influencing our social world. The program is student-centered with small class sizes and active interaction between students and professors. The Communication Program offers a range of courses emphasizing the combination of theory and practice to help students cultivate knowledge and hands-on experience that will assist them in a range of professional endeavors. For adult learners, the Communication Program can be completed with a mix of evening and online courses.

The career opportunities for communication graduates are impressive. Our students find employment in areas such as television broadcasting, radio production and broadcasting, public relations, advertising, nonprofit management, social media marketing, event planning, speech writing, governmental relations, and employment services. 

The Communication program has a number of student organizations to enhance the educational experience, such as the student radio station WXOU, student newspaper The Oakland PostOUTV and the Student Video Club, and the Association for Women in Communication at OUStudent organizations provide hands-on experience in relevant professional arenas and give students the opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience. Involvement in student organizations often opens the door to high-quality internships, which can lead to jobs. Internships are highly encouraged for gaining valuable career-related experience.

For a complete list of departmental course offerings, visit the Department of Communication, Journalism and Public Relations undergraduate catalog page here.