Why Study Communication?
General Education Requirements: Full Program Requirements
37 – 41 hours
Core Courses: 21 hours
20 – 22 hours
Communication Electives: 8 – 12 hours
Total: 120 hours
In today’s highly connected society,
organizations seek employees who can communicate across a limitless and
evolving range of platforms. With a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Governors State, students gain the knowledge and skills to communicate
with a variety of audiences through advertising, media, and public relations, as
well as in one-on-one communication, which drives organizational success, human
relations, and improves conflict management.
Students may choose a concentration in
Human Communication or Strategic Communication to specialize in their professional
area of interest.
The Communication program is ranked #32
out of 522 colleges and universities for veteran friendliness in Illinois, as
reviewed by College Factual.
Student Involvement and Success
In 2018, students in GSU’s American
Advertising Federation (AAF) student chapter received fourth place in their
division at the National Student Advertising Competition.
Communication students have secured
internships with companies like Speedway Corporation, CBD Marketing, Milner
Broadcasting Partners, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, and
the Governors State University Foundation, just to name a few.
Showcase and develop your communication skills with GSU's Forensics Team! Students will have the opportunity to draft and present argumentative works, or even poetry, at conferences and competitions. To learn more about the Forensics Team, please contact Professor Eddie Gamboa for details.
Reach your career goals.
A bachelor’s degree in Communication provides you
with a wide scope of career opportunities in private, public, and government
sectors. Graduates of the program secure and build careers in professions such
as advertising, consulting, customer service, digital marketing, human
resources and training, media management, media writing, public affairs, public
relations, and sales, leading to advanced positions such as Project Manager or
Director of Communications.
Human Communication Concentration
Human communication skills are vital
to organizations at every level, from the individual employee to the public at
large. If you choose to concentrate in Human Communication, you will practice
the theory and application of communicating with a wide range of audiences as
you learn to influence and stabilize conditions by cultivating common ground.
Strategic Communication Concentration
Effective communication on a large
scale requires a strategic plan to create a cohesive message. Professionals in
areas such as advertising, digital marketing, journalism, media, and public
relations use many platforms to reach an intended audience, and in the
Communication program at GSU, you will work with the latest technology and
platforms to be prepared for what’s next.