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Communication Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) , TN,
The college offers four undergraduate majors and several minors which span the fields of communication and information. Through prescribed coursework, students learn practical skills needed to succeed in the fast-paced industry of their choice, and still gain a broad understanding of the field as a whole.



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Communication Studies

Prepares students to be leaders in a number of possible careers, including public relations, advertising, personnel, business, industry, government, law, administration, politics, consulting, and teaching.

Journalism and Electronic Media

Prepares students for careers in the rapidly changing and converging fields of print and electronic media, including newspapers, magazines, newsletters, the Internet, radio, television, cable, and satellite. Graduates secure positions in reporting, writing, and editing; publishing; photojournalism and graphic design; science, technology and medical writing; news reporting, anchoring, and production; corporate video production; audience research; and broadcast sales, promotion, and management.

Public Relations

Trains students how to best integrate communications strategies into corporate organizational programs. Graduates work in corporate communications management, publicity campaign management, publications consulting and science communications.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • English Composition I
  • Honors: English Composition
  • Human Origins
  • Honors: Human Origins
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Statistical Reasoning
  • Honors: Mathematical Reasoning
  • Finite Mathematics
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Honors: Cultural Anthropology
  • English Composition II
  • General Psychology
  • Honors: General Psychology
  • Introduction to Communication Studies
  • Honors: Introduction to Communication Studies
  • Public Speaking

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    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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Academic Requirements

  • Step 1: Complete and submit an application.
  • Step 2: Submit the non-refundable application fee.
  • Step 3: Have official copies of academic transcripts evaluated.
  • Step 4: Demonstrate English proficiency.
  • Step 5: Submit financial documentation (F-1 or J-1 visa status).
  • Step 6: Submit a copy of the photo page of your international passport.
  • Step 7: Follow these deadlines for submitting your application documents.
  • Step 8: Apply for an appropriate US visa.

Admission Requirements

Freshman admissions decisions are based on:

  • Completion of core academic subjects
  • Core GPA
  • Standardized test scores
  • Other relevant factors
  • Certain college requirements
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      31390 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 15695 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      31390 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 15695 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
    • In-State

      12970 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 6485 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    Living costs for Knoxville

    • 885 - 1460 USD/month
      Living Costs

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


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