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Communication Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #55 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
The study of communication at Vanderbilt remains at the center of the liberal arts tradition. Communication Studies is devoted to an understanding of public discourse in the broadest sense, with an emphasis on the role of persuasion in civil society.
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Overview

Students develop proficiency in analysis and criticism, preparing them for rewarding and useful lives beyond Vanderbilt. Courses offered include surveys of the rhetorical tradition, studies of the history of oratory, analytical courses designed to improve students’ critical skills and appreciation of mediated communication, and courses that seek to develop understanding of contemporary theories of communication and culture.

Undergraduate students often have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on a variety of research projects. Recently, CMST major Caroline Hatfield (class of 2015) completed a Littlejohn Undergraduate Research fellowship under the direction of Professor Claire Sisco King. Entitled “The Cultural and Rhetorical Significance of Celebrity and Stardom in the Contemporary United States,” the project looked closely at the challenges female comedians face on and off screen. Because of their collaboration, Caroline and Professor King were featured prominently by Vanderbilt News and Communications.

All undergraduate students are eligible to participate in the Vanderbilt Debate Program.  Debate provides a forum in which to examine the major issues and concerns facing our society. These issues cover every discipline from politics and economics to sociology and ecology. The program develops students’ research skills and awareness of public policy. Vanderbilt competes at the national level and maintains a consistent top 20 ranking. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Rhetoric of U.S. Religion
  • Rhetoric of U.S. Intellectuals
  • Contemporary American Rhetoric from Truman to Obama
  • Popular Culture and the U.S. Presidency.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

You may apply using either the Common Application or the Universal College Application. Select one application method and submit all materials through that method; do not submit both. All parts of the application should be submitted by the published deadlines.

  • All required parts of either the Common Application or the Universal College Application.
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Standardized Test Results: SAT or ACT with Writing
  • Official results of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

We make three important commitments to U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens to ensure that students from many different economic circumstances can enroll at Vanderbilt:

  • First:  Since talent and promise recognize no social, cultural, economic, or geographic boundaries, our admissions process is need-blind for U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens. 
  • Second: Vanderbilt will meet 100% of a family’s demonstrated financial need. 
  • Third:  Financial aid awards do not include loans. Instead of offering need-based loans to undergraduate students, Vanderbilt offers additional grant assistance. This does not involve income bands or "cut-offs" that impact or limit eligibility.

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