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Communication, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
A Communication degree can open doors to a wide variety of exciting and creative professional opportunities. Western Carolina University’s communication degree program gives students a choice of concentrations in broadcasting, broadcast sales, journalism or public relations. Students follow a dynamic curriculum taught by expert faculty members, many of whom possess years of professional experience
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Key facts:

  • The Western Carolina University Communication Program blends a traditional curriculum with hands-on learning and experiences through collaboration with fellow students, faculty and industry professionals. The core curriculum is composed of practical, theory and professional courses such as Writing for Communication, Communication Theory and Criticism, and Introduction to Professional Development. 
  • Regardless of their chosen concentration, all students become actively involved in local and regional service learning projects with real-world clients. The required professional internship allows them to work in their medium of interest for several weeks. Students also have plenty of opportunities to gain professional and networking experience, from working for WCU’s broadcast service or the department’s news website to joining The Public Relations Student Society of America, to name but a few.
  • Students learn in classrooms and facilities equipped with the latest technology to provide them with marketable skills. Each year, approximately 75 to 85 students earn their communication degree. Thanks to the program’s required professional internship experience, graduates enter the most sought-after fields, often in major markets.
  • From producing their own broadcasts, print materials and television programs to joining faculty at national professional conventions, communication students do it all. They can therefore pursue a wide range of career specialties in fields such as radio and television broadcasting and advertising sales, print and electronic media, public relations, and communication training and development. 
  • Many broadcasting graduates enter the top 100 markets, while broadcast sales graduates are in high demand because they earn industry-recognized professional certification prior to graduation. WCU journalism and public relations graduates can be found in some of the top media outlets, corporations and government agencies.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Communication program curriculum includes:

  • Professional Development 
  • Internship in Communications
  • Seminar in Professional Development
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Small Group & Team Communication 
  • Public and Mediated Speaking
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Writing for Communication 
  • Communication Theory and Criticism 

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 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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