In today’s fast-paced world, you’re bombarded with company advertising messages each time you turn on the TV, check your social media accounts, or search the internet. With so many ways to reach potential customers, businesses are in need of experts with the knowledge to communicate with the public now more than ever before.
Lindenwood University-Belleville’s bachelor of arts degree in communications is here to prepare you for a career in this highly creative field. Our accomplished faculty and state-of-the-art Communication Center make our communication program among the best in the area. You’ll not only take classes from professors with years of experience in the field, but you’ll also learn by doing. Real world projects and access to the same design and broadcast equipment that the pros use make our program like no other.
Like many of our students, you may already be a full-time employee, parent, spouse, or caretaker and wonder if you can add “full-time student” to your list of roles. At Lindenwood, going back to school doesn’t mean putting the rest of your life on hold. We understand your busy schedule and work with you one-on-one to meet your academic goals conveniently.
The bachelor’s degree in communications is one of our Accelerated Degree Programs, which means you can earn your degree in as little as 18 months by attending class only one night a week. Our unique cluster format for classes allows you to earn credits at a faster rate while still gaining relevant, in-depth knowledge from real professionals in the field. You’ll get the quality education to take your career to the next level without sacrificing important family and personal time!
Lindenwood University-Belleville Communications Faculty
Widely recognized experts in their fields, the communications at Lindenwood University-Belleville are award-winning filmmakers, video artists, professional sports commentators, and radio announcers. Their classes are guided by their firsthand experience in the industry, and the personalized nature of Lindenwood courses allows you to benefit from a close mentoring relationship with them.
Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications at Lindenwood University-Belleville
By majoring in communications, you’ll take classes in a host of areas such as public relations, ethics and the media, information systems, management, television production, and desktop publishing. You’ll also have the choice of adding a level of specialization to your degree by earning an emphasis in either corporate communications or mass communications.
Emphasis in Corporate Communications
The corporate communications emphasis is designed for students seeking a wide variety of business-related writing, design, or management positions within a company. Coursework in this area includes classes in advertising and marketing, promotion management, computer-based graphics, organizational communication, and employee management.
Emphasis in Mass Communications
The mass communications emphasis is geared toward careers in radio and television broadcast and includes classes in photojournalism, writing for TV, documentary film, television editing and directing, and literary feature writing. Students in this emphasis gain hands-on experience working with the latest technologies in the field thanks to Lindenwood Belleville’s one-of-a-kind Communication Center. Enhance what you learn in the classroom by working directly with our high definition cameras, professional audio gear, green screen technology, and advanced post-production software to see firsthand what it takes to pursue a career in the media industry.
What to do with a Degree in Communications
Graduates with a BA in communications often find employment as graphic designers, sales agents, public relations specialists, fundraising managers, radio or television hosts, editors, and copy writers. These kinds of career options are perfect if you have an artistic or creative flair, enjoy exerting your persuasive skills, or are interested in using different media to shape a company’s public image.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for public relations specialists is expected to maintain an average growth rate of six percent through 2024. The median annual salary for this position is $55,680.