Provides students with the powerful skills and communication strategies necessary to build brands and tell the stories of individuals and organizations. Businesses need people who can influence perceptions, strategically communicate goals and objectives, and create the messages they want to share. In this program, you will earn a strategic communication degree designed for success in fields like public relations, social media management, and event planning. With courses in communication, business, writing, and design, you will be equipped to succeed in diverse and dynamic industries.
Our Business Communication major will position you to begin working immediately upon graduation in public relations, marketing, event planning, social media, and corporate communications. Learn how Kait Kirkwood (Business Communication ’17) turned her degree and other campus experiences into a job at a media giant.
As a Business Communication major, you will master the latest technological tools in computer and design courses that will enable you to provide an artistic complement to the business world. Graduates of our Business Communication program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:
Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.
The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in business communication. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).
Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.
|FYS 100||First Year Seminar||1 credit|
|CM 101||Public Speaking||3 credits|
|CM 115||Interpersonal Communication||3 credits|
|CM 211||Intercultural Communication||3 credits|
|CM 205||Communication Ethics||3 credits|
|CM 255||Small Group Communication||3 credits|
|CM 270||New Media Communication||3 credits|
|CM 290||Internship Preparation||1 credit|
|CM 310||Conflict Resolution and Negotiation||3 credits|
|CM 390||Organizational Communication||3 credits|
|CM 401||Internship||variable credits|
|CM 490||Communication Capstone||3 credits|
|MGT 204||Principles of Management||3 credits|
|MKT 206||Principles of Marketing||3 credits|
|MKT 311||Consumer Behavior||3 credits|
|MKT 336||Integrated Marketing Communication||3 credits|
|GDES 125||Fundamentals of Digital Media||3 credits|
|GDES 270||Introduction to Corporate Communication Design||3 credits|
|PHOTO 141||Basic Digital Photography||3 credits|
|ENG 256||Introduction to Digital Publishing||3 credits|
|GDES 208||Web Design I||3 credits|
|IS 135||MS Office Applications||3 credits|
|IS 260||Presentation Theory and Application||3 credits|
ALL classes also serve as approved electives.
|CM 253/ENG 253||Journalism I||3 credits|
|CM 254/ENG 254||Journalism II||3 credits|
|CM 303/ENG 303||Feature Writing||3 credits|
|CM 304/ENG 304||Magazine Writing and Publishing||3 credits|
|CM 305/ENG 305||Journalism Practicum||3 credits|
|CM 314/ENG 314||Public Relations Writing||3 credits|
|CM 323||Writing for the Web||3 credits|
|ENG 224||Introduction to Creative Writing||3 credits|
|ENG 324||Creative Writing: Non-Fiction||3 credits|
Other courses, as approved by advisor and department chair/coordinator/associate dean.
|CM 120||Human Communication||3 credits|
|CM 260||Business and Professional Communication||3 credits|
|CM 265||Event Planning and Publicity||3 credits|
|CM 275||Principles and Practices of Public Relations||3 credits|
|CM 300||Advanced Public Speaking||3 credits|
|CM 380||The Advertising Campaign||3 credits|
|CM 402||Special Topics in Communication||3 credits|
|ENG 225||Topics in Creative Writing||3 credits|
|ENG 381||Themes in Literature||3 credits|
|FMI 101||Cinema I: Storytelling||3 credits|
|FMI 102||Cinema II: Continuity||3 credits|
|FMI 204||Broadcast Production||3 credits|
|MGT 224||Principles of Entrepreneurship||3 credits|
|MGT 235||Introduction to Sports Management||3 credits|
|MKT 307||Market Research||3 credits|
|MKT 315||Sports Marketing||3 credits|
|MKT 316||Principles of Negotiation and Sales||3 credits|
|MKT 325||International Marketing||3 credits|
Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, suggested course sequences, and more.
A minor in is available. Please contact the department chair for more information.
Students also have the option of completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Communication. The student must fulfill all SEE requirements, program requirements, and complete two semesters of a foreign language from the point of placement or completion of 202 level
The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in business communication who wish to combine their bachelor’s coursework with work toward a master’s degree in one of Stevenson’s graduate programs. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degree in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Interested students must formally apply for entrance into a BS/MS option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their undergraduate and graduate advisors. A master's degree in communication studies is available. For more information on this program, see the Stevenson University Online Catalog.