Major in Communication

Communication is a broad field encompassing the study of and practice in a breadth of areas in mass media. It includes training in the production of mass media such as print and online journalism, advertising and public relations, and video production, as well as the scholarly study of mass media institutions and their roles in society.

About The Program

The Communication Department offers courses and opportunities for individual work in the areas of digital media, film, journalism, and business communication. The department stresses the artistic and humanistic bases of its disciplines as well as professional and career interests. The communication industry is one of the most dynamic in today’s professional marketplace. Students who major in communication might expect to find career opportunities in digital media, film, broadcasting, journalism, advertising, public relations, marketing, social media management, and related fields. Courses in journalism are designed to introduce students to the field and offer opportunities to gain experience in reporting, writing, design, and editing. There is a strong emphasis on the ethical aspects of gathering and reporting news. A wide variety of internship opportunities are available to Communication majors.

Why Study Communication at VWU?

All communication majors are required to complete an internship within their areas of individual focus. South Hampton Roads offers abundant internship opportunities for students in communication, and the communication department has long standing internship relationships with local news organizations, businesses, broadcasters, video production facilities, and others.

The communication industry is one of the fastest growing industries in today's world. Upon successful completion of the program, students who major in communication might expect to enter graduate school or immediately find career opportunities in the areas of:

  • radio
  • television
  • film
  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • digital media
  • advertising
  • public relations
  • and teaching