Department of Communication Studies

Undergraduate Programs

Taylor Gearhart Shares Her Passion for Social Advocacy as A Political Communication Major

Political Communication major Taylor Gearhart talks about her experience working at the State House and hosting a gubernatorial debate. (Filmed and edited by Emerson students.)

The Department of Communication Studies offers three undergraduate programs for students who wish to pursue communication-driven careers in the corporate, political, sports, or non-profit arenas. All three programs share a core curriculum that includes courses in communication research methods, argument and advocacy, and conflict and negotiation. Coursework and experiential learning opportunities such as internships and independent/directed studies will help you develop essential skills in writing, speaking, and researching.

Communication Studies
Professor Phillip Glenn teaches a class on Mediation. The Communication Studies program prepares students for communication-driven careers.

The Bachelor of Science in Political Communication: Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy program is designed for students who wish to work in politics and public policy development. Those students who want to become speechwriters, press secretaries, political lobbyists, advocates for human rights, among many others, will find this major especially relevant to their professional goals. Those students interested in pursuing advanced study in law or public policy should consider this major as an excellent background to these careers.

The Bachelor of Science in Sports Communication is ideal for students who want to pursue communication careers in the sports and gaming entertainment fields. Students will learn the business of sports and become adept at crafting sports communication messaging for an array of target audiences, both locally and globally. Between the digitally-focused curriculum, well-connected sports industry alumni and faculty, and internship opportunities in Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., the program give students the expertise to succeed in today’s thriving sports industry.

The Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies program is recommended for students who want to develop a broad understanding of communication as it relates to a variety of fields, including health and human services, consumer rights, intercultural relations, human resource management, entertainment, among many others. Students may either choose to develop their own program of study, tailored to their career aspirations, or can choose among the three clusters/tracks of study: Negotiation and Dialogue, Culture and Performance, or Rhetoric and Argumentation.