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How to Get a Degree in Communications

Written by St. Andrews

Communication is the key to life. Not only does it allow us to express ourselves, but it also helps us understand others. Good communication skills are the foundation of our society: whether in your career or personal relationships. Earning a degree in communications opens doors in a variety of different industries and career paths. 

Students who graduate with a BA in Communication Studies from St. Andrews University go on to find fulfilling and successful careers in a variety of areas. Our program prepares students for careers in entertainment media, traditional print media, and the ever-changing world of digital media. Students learn foundational communication principles, including media theory, ethical and legal issues, and critical thinking. 

Since any academic discipline would benefit from communications, St. Andrews also offers a minor in Communication Studies, and business majors are required to take an upper-level course in Communication as part of their degree.

Keep reading to learn more about how to get a degree in communications at St. Andrews University.

Who Should Study Communications?

A female communications student speaks at a podium

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Students who choose to major in Communication Studies at St. Andrews University are those that aren’t afraid to speak up. They enjoy working and interacting with people and get excited about relaying information and the truth to others. While not all communications majors are extroverts, they do well speaking with others and sharing their findings through written communication. Communications majors have strong public speaking and presentation skills, as well.

What to Study for a Degree in Communications

Those students who are interested in a degree in communications should start by applying to St. Andrews University. All students must begin their higher education learning by taking a set course of classes known as the St. Andrews General Education program, or SAGE. These courses provide a foundation of learning that our students enjoy for further developing their critical thinking skills.

Required Common Experience Courses

These seven courses make up the first 19 credit hours, where students learn more about themselves during their introduction to higher learning.

  • First-Year Experience: Transition and Transformation
  • Compositions I: Inquiry through Writing
  • Compositions II: Reasoning through Writing
  • Human Thought and Culture I: Ancient to Medieval
  • Human Thought and Culture II: Renaissance to Modern
  • Transitions
  • Global Issues and Ethical Response

Additional Required Courses

Students can customize their degree in communications at St. Andrews University by selecting classes in the following subjects that most interest them or will benefit their chosen major.

  • 3-credit mathematics course that develops an understanding of the use and limitations of quantitative analysis
  • 4-credit science class with a lab that enhances understanding of the natural world
  • 3-credit course from either art, communication, theater arts, creative writing, or music to deepen the creative process and appreciation of fine art
  • 3-credit course in English literature, Philosophy, or Religious Studies to help express the human spirit
  • 3-credit course in Politics, History, Business/Economics, Psychology, or Education to learn about human society and culture

Communication Studies Curriculum 

After completing all of the undergraduate SAGE coursework, students earning a degree in communications can move onto the following coursework. The degree itself is 34-36 credits in addition to the SAGE credits.

Lower Level Special Topics Courses

There are 21 total credits for these lower-level courses in the communication studies major at St. Andrews University. Each class is three credits.

Special Topics:

  • Desktop Publishing
  • Gender, Identity, and Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication 
  • Public Speaking
  • Persuasion

Required:

  • Communication and Culture

Upper-Level Special Topics Courses

These higher learning classes help finish out the degree in communications.

Special Topics:

  • Desktop Publishing
  • Digital Persona
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Organizational Communication 
  • Podcasting 
  • Rhetoric & Public Issues 
  • Small-Group Communication
  • Writing for the Media

Required:

  • Senior Seminar in Communications

Benefits of Communication Studies at St. Andrews

Choosing to further your education at St. Andrews University opens many doors and opportunities for your future career. Not only do students get hands-on teaching and experience from professional faculty, but they also provide a unique culture and environment. 

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Multiple Ways to Learn

St. Andrews University offers numerous locations and ways to earn your degree. You can attend traditional classes on campus or learn online. There are even hybrid options available for those students who would prefer both in-class and online learning. 

Small Class Sizes

At St. Andrews University, you won’t get lost in the crowd. We keep our classes small so that you can build relationships with your professors. This commitment to smaller class sizes allows our students to better advance their learning and receive personal attention when needed.

Ability to Double Major

We encourage many of our students to consider double majoring to increase their career opportunities after graduation. Many of our students who earn their degree in communications pair their learning with a degree in business administration, English, or creative writing. 

Different Career Opportunities in Communications

Earning a degree in Communication Studies at St. Andrews University is a great way to jump into a long and successful career. After graduating, many of our communication studies majors work for various companies in different industries that could benefit from better communication skills. 

Turn your love for speaking and critical thinking into a career as a news reporter, journalist, or even in public relations or social media. Due to the immense need for good communication in every aspect of life, graduates with a degree in communications can also find successful careers that span industries such as corporations, athletic entertainment, print media, or government agencies. As a highly adaptable degree, there is no limit to what you can use your degree in communications for when you enter the workforce.

Learn more about earning your degree in Communication Studies at St. Andrews University by applying today! We look forward to seeing you on campus or online!