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Communication Major

What is a Major in Communication?

Our communication 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 at Virginia Tech?

Communication 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.

Study Abroad Program in Switzerland

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Careers and Further Study

What Can You Do with a major in Communication?

Jobs Held by Our Graduates

  • Communication director
  • Marketing coordinator
  • Sales associate
  • Recruiter
  • Digital marketing specialist
  • Branding manager
  • Special events planner
  • Content specialist 


Beyond the Classroom

Experiential Learning


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 assist a faculty member with their research project or volunteer as a study participant.


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 communication professionals.  

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. 


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 specialties like sports broadcasting, and experts on rhetorical theory, political communication, and the psychological effects of video games. 


Bachelor of Arts in Communication Degree

Communication Major Requirements

  • Visual Media
  •  The Rhetorical Tradition
  •  Persuasion
  •  Professional Communication

Minor and Elective Hours

Our program gives you the opportunity to build knowledge in another area by pursuing a minor, double major, or cognate.

120 hrs
B.A. Communication

45 hrs
General Education

46 hrs
Major Requirements

29 hrs
Minor + Elective


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