Communication is a universal human experience that lies at the heart of our social interactions, relationships, politics, and culture. We study its processes and systems to get a better understanding of how people relate to each other and the world around them. 

1 of 39 U.S. programs offering PRSA certification
24 Average upper-level class size
17:1 Student-faculty ratio
36 Dedicated faculty members
What Is a Degree in Communication Studies?

Our Communications major offers preparation for careers in business, politics, human services, management, law, education, and ministry. You will engage in critical thinking, developing and presenting effective messages, analyzing and solving problems, managing conflict, and establishing and maintaining relationships.

Why Study Communication Studies Here?

Communications majors work with award-winning faculty and a flexible curriculum designed to provide you with a liberal arts background and strong career oriented coursework. Focusing on the dynamics of human communication, students learn to be persuasive communicators across a variety of contexts. 

Beyond the Classroom

Undergraduate Research and Independent Study

Investigate

Talk to a professor about designing your own research project or investigating a topic that interests you. You'll work closely with a faculty mentor to plan a course of action, discuss your findings, and write a report. You can also participate in field study where you assist a faculty member with their research project. Or you can volunteer as a study participant for another Communications major's project

Undergraduate research for Communications majors

Internships

Get Experience

By working in the field, you'll earn job experience and learn more about communication in the workplace. You will have the opportunity to explore potential career paths and network with communicaiton professionals.  

Internships for a Communications major

Study Abroad

Come With Us

We host an annual faculty-led study abroad experience at Virginia Tech's Steger Center for International Scholarship in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. The program includes a one-credit course in Blacksburg during the spring semester and two weeks of study in Switzerland, with online course components during the first summer session after you return from the trip. 

Study Abroad

Faculty Mentors

Collaborate

Our faculty has a mix of industry professionals and teaching and research scholars. Whether your interests are in a career as a communications practitioner or going on to get a Ph.D., we have a mentor for you. Our list includes anchors and news directors, a producer for HGTV, niche specialities like sports broadcasting, and experts on rhetorical theory, political communication, and the psychological effects of video games. 

Faculty Mentors
What Our Students Are Saying

"Communication studies provided me with the flexibility to have two minors and tailor my coursework to my interests. During college I was able to apply what I was learning in my program to courses I took in other departments and in campus leadership roles. I have excelled in graduate school in part because of critical and analytical skills I developed through the communication studies courses."

— Anjelica Smith, BA '14, M.A. expected '16

Careers and Further Study