Career choices for communications professionals are diverse. The need for individuals who understand human interaction, as well as the ability to create, interpret, and deliver messages is important in all public, private, and governmental sectors.
In the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Communication program, you will learn cutting-edge theory and research in communication and apply that theory and research in real-world settings. With a required business minor, you’ll find your degree highly marketable. Our Department of Communication offers courses in four fields: interpersonal communication, mass communication, health communication, and electronic media production.
If your interests run toward technology, you can learn in our state-of-the-art communication complex, featuring a digital television studio and editing suites. Prefer a different medium? Get involved with WJMF or The Archway, our student-run radio station and newspaper. Is your interest in people talking to people, helping, advising, and inspiring? Or is it combining mediated and interpersonal communication to bring needed social and well-being information to people in the most efficient and effective manner? Small classes, close faculty interaction, and clubs and organizations will allow you to explore all aspects of the communication process. Any course of study at Bryant may be complemented with a Communication minor, which consists of four courses that are tailored to your interests. You will work with a faculty advisor to select those courses.
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
An important asset to a career in any field, communication skills are especially in demand in advertising, business, health care, journalism, politics and government, public relations, and social or human services, to name a few. Bryant communication students have interned at organizations including Hasbro, Hill Holliday, Boston Celtics, and MTV Networks, and some went on to full-time employment at the companies where they interned. Our graduates are also accepted into prestigious graduate programs worldwide.
Bryant’s Communication faculty includes prominent scholars, teachers, and media industry professionals. They enhance their expertise through research, publishing, consulting, and community service, and bring this knowledge into the classroom. They also provide personal guidance for students pursuing internships and positions in the many industries that rely on communication skills and competencies.
Morgan Buell ’10
Sales Service Executive, Nickelodeon
Traveling by train to New York City for interviews with Hollister and Newsweek, Buell, a senior Communication major, and her sister sat next to a gregarious man who included them in a conversation with fellow passengers. “As we pulled into the station, he handed me his business card,” she says. “He was the senior vice president of Nickelodeon ad sales.”
Two interviews later, Buell was hired as a sales associate in NYC. “I received offers from other companies, but who turns down Nick? Today, I am living my dream,” she says. This includes a promotion to sales service executive.
Ryan Hanson ’08
Sales associate, Liberty Mutual Group
Ready to transfer from community college, Hanson chose Bryant because the required business minor would complement his communication degree and a smaller school would be a better fit. “I needed the personal attention to be successful, and I knew Bryant could deliver that,” he says.
Throughout his time at Bryant, Hanson utilized the services of the Amica Center for Career Education. He interviewed with seven companies on campus. “Clearly, I liked how Bryant brought the employers to me,” says Hanson, now an award-winning lead sales associate at Liberty Mutual Group.
BLENDING BUSINESS & LIBERAL ARTS
Peter McMahon ‘13
Path: Marketing, Communication
“Attending Bryant was a great decision for me because it allowed me to really explore what I wanted to study,” says McMahon. “When I got to Bryant, I really had no idea what I wanted to do, but the way the curriculum works, you see every aspect of both the business world and the liberal arts world.” McMahon discovered a passion for sales and secured an internship in the media sales department of The Madison Square Garden Company in NYC last summer. “Having such a strong college of business at the University really benefits students because it creates an atmosphere that you’re in a ‘working environment’ in every class.”