The Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College equips students to become strategic and effective communicators and ethical and critical thinkers who impact change at all levels of society. Housed in the School of Communication, the Department of Communication Studies offers four undergraduate degree programs and nine minors.

Bachelor’s Programs in the Department of Communication Studies

Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies

The on-campus Bachelor of Science (BS) in Communication Studies provides students with a broad understanding of communication as it relates to a variety of fields, including intercultural and global professional communication, nonprofit, negotiation and mediation, pre-law, health policy, and social justice, among others. Students may choose to develop their own program of study, tailored to their career aspirations.

Bachelor of Science in Political Communication

The on-campus BS in Political Communication is designed for students pursuing careers in politics, diplomacy, and public policy. They will partake in immersive field experiences in the midterm and presidential campaigns, Emerson Polling, as well as local and state campaigns and public and governmental diplomacy initiatives. Students can take full advantage of Emerson's growing global political network through Global Pathway programs in Mexico, Australia, and the European Union, and our semester study abroad program with Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations. Internship opportunities are also available at embassies, consulates, and advocacy organizations around the world.

Bachelor of Science in Public Relations

The core curriculum of the on-campus BS in Public Relations balances theory and practice by teaching students the skills necessary for effective strategic communication in an ever-changing and complex environment. Students will learn how to change minds and mobilize advocates through powerful storytelling as well as quantitative research.

Bachelor of Science in Sports Communication

Students will learn about the business of sports in the on-campus BS in Sports Communication and become adept at crafting and casting sports messaging for target audiences, locally and globally in Sports PR, Sports Management, Esports, and Sports As Soft Power. Students can take full advantage of our well-connected sports industry alumni and faculty through internship opportunities in Boston, Los Angeles, DC, Barcelona, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Mexico, as well as other locations.