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Communication, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #380 (QS) Winston-Salem, NC, United States
The Communication Department at Wake Forest University studies the phenomenon of human communication in all its aspects. We support a liberal arts approach to communication through scholarship, creative production, and teaching in three concentrations: communication science, media studies, and rhetorical studies.
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The Department of Communication at Wake Forest University pursues the theoretical, critical, and scientific study of human communication in all its forms. In pursuit of that overall goal we advance three areas of concentration: communication science, rhetorical studies, and media studies.

We encourage our undergraduate majors to explore a broad course of study in human communication, encompassing all our concentrations. The Department houses one of the finest Masters' programs in the country.

We seek to provide our M. A. students with the individual attention and preparation they need to be highly sought after by, and successful in the nation's best Ph.D. programs in communication.


Communication Science Concentration

Communication science seeks to understand the production, processing, and effects of verbal and nonverbal code systems on myriad facets of human communication, within a multiplicity of interaction contexts, by developing testable theories, containing lawful generalizations that facilitate an increased knowledge and understanding about the dynamics of human communication.

Media Studies Concentration

The Media Studies concentration considers the production, interpretation, and theoretical analysis of communication that is (1) disseminated to a broad and largely anonymous audience and (2) mediated by the various technological devices that make such broad dissemination of the message possible.

Rhetorical Studies Concentration

Students interested in a concentration in Rhetorical Studies in the Department of Communication will explore in coursework the critical, historical and theoretical study of public discourse.

A concentration in Rhetorical Studies involves cultivating an appreciation of how speakers locate and use modes of persuasion in the interests of their communities, constituents, organizations, and institutions. “Rhetoric” is understood as the art of public speech in both theory and practice. Accordingly, the Rhetorical Studies concentration will link theory to practice throughout the curriculum

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Relational Communication
  • Empirical Research in Communication
  • Mass Communication
  • Communication in Entrepreneurial
  • On-Camera Performance
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • Communication in Entrepreneurial
  • Communication Ethics
  • Political Communication

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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.

General Requirements

  • International student applicants are required to submit a $65 application fee.
  • Certified transcripts are required from each secondary school, college or university attended. A record of at least four years of schooling is needed in order to evaluate the application. 
  • All international students whose first language is not English are required to submit either a TOEFL or an IELTS score. The official score reports should be sent directly to Wake Forest from the testing institutions.
  • Wake Forest does not require applicants to submit an SAT or ACT score in the admissions application. If submitting scores, score reports must be sent directly from the testing organizations.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    57760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57760 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    57760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57760 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Winston-Salem

  • 864 - 1410 USD/month
    Living Costs

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