Communication

Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Communication is one of life’s most important activities. It shapes how we achieve success, how we relate to others, and how we see the world. Studying communication allows students to create and share meaning across a variety of contexts, cultures, and channels. 

A B.A. in communication provides students with opportunities to build communication expertise, broaden perspectives, and develop critical thinking. Auburn’s communication program prepares students to be ethical creators and informed consumers of communication in all of its forms and to adapt to increasingly diverse workplaces. The curriculum is designed around general thematic areas that allow students to combine courses to meet their unique personal and professional goals. Students choose from classes examining communication in areas such as leadership, politics, health, and organizations and take courses that expand on knowledge of social discourse, research methods, rhetoric, and interpersonal or intercultural communication.

Since employers consistently rank communication skills as first among qualities they seek in future employees, the program provides students with an excellent foundation to excel in any career they choose to pursue, such as non-profit director, chief of staff, human resource manager, event coordinator, marketing account executive, or project manager. Graduates are also well-positioned to apply to graduate school and pre-professional programs in law, government service, or seminary. Graduates leave ready to take on roles as responsible leaders and engaged members in the work place and in their communities.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in communication from the Career Center’s Pathways.

Minor in Communication

A minor in communication requires a total of 18 hours of coursework in communication including:

  • three foundational courses
  • three specialty communication courses

For more information about Communication

Communication Program Website


Careers in Communication

  • Quality assurance analyst
  • Special event coordinator
  • Outreach and marketing coordinator
  • Human resource specialist
  • Managing editor
  • Non-profit director
  • Marketing director
  • Communication director
  • Account executive
  • Community relations director
  • Pharmaceutical sales associate
  • Language arts teacher
  • Legislative aide/chief of staff
  • Project manager
  • Museum curator
  • Activities director
  • Alumni coordinator
  • Mediation specialist
  • Sales
  • Patient advocate
  • Clergy

Curriculum in Communication

Students must apply for admission to the COMM major. All applicants must have successfully completed 30 hours of degree-applicable course credits (including AP and proficiency credits); earn a B or better in COMM 1000, and  a C or better in (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103), ENGL 1120 and a core Social Science course (may not use a History course); and earn a minimum 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1120 and the Core Social Science course.  See the School Director or the Associate Director for Communication for further information.

Students who transfer to Auburn University’s COMM major are required to take a minimum of 21 credit hours in the AU Program.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Core Social Science3
COMM 1000 Public Speaking13ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Core Social Science3Elective3
Core History3Core Mathematics3
 16 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature3Core History to complete sequence3
Core Science I4Core Science II4
Core Humanities23Core Fine Arts3
CMJN 2100 Concepts in Communications and Journalism or 2103 Concepts in Communication and Journalism3Course from Group 133
LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation2Course for Supporting Area43
 15 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
COMM 3500 Foundations of Human Communication3COMM 3600 Foundations of Rhetoric and Social Influence3
Course for Supporting Area43Courses from Group 236
Elective3Course for Supporting Area43
Course from Group 233Elective3
COMM 3510 Research in Human Communication or 3610 Research in Rhetoric and Social Influence3 
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Courses from Group 336Courses from Group 336
Courses from Group 436COMM 4920 Internship53-6
Course for Supporting Area43Course for Supporting Area43
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 12-15
Total Hours: 120-123
1

COMM 1000 fullfills SLO 7.

2

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

3

Students must see their advisers for approved course listings for Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4.

4

Students must see their advisers for approved Supporting Area courses.

5

The internship may be taken part time for 3 credit hours or full time for 6 credit hours.

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Last Updated: August 03, 2016