One of seven departments housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Department of Communication at Appalachian State University focuses on preparing students to succeed in the varied fields within the communication industry. The department offers five majors – advertising, communication studies, electronic media/broadcasting, journalism and public relations – and a minor in communication studies. Graduates work in a wide range of positions in media, corporate, agency, government and nonprofit organizations.
In this section of the website you'll find information to guide you as you work toward a Communication degree, including:
- requirements (including advising & portfolios)
- descriptions of our majors
- details about our honors program
- study abroad opportunities.
We also offer two asynchonous (and fully online) programs:
Admission to the Department
The Department of Communication seeks to admit students who are dedicated to pursuing a degree in the varied fields of communication.
Students may declare a major in Advertising, Communication Studies, Journalism or Public Relations as soon as they meet the university's requirements for declaring a major.
Resource limitations place a restriction on the number of students who can be served effectively by the department's Electronic Media/Broadcasting major. Therefore, students must apply for admission to the EM/B major no later than Feb. 1 for the following fall semester, or no later than Sept. 15 for the following spring semester.
For more information about becoming a major in our department, please check the Requirements page.