Communication Major Overview
The Communication Major offers a degree in Communication that allows students to focus in one of two disciplinary concentrations: Journalism Concentration or Marketing Communication Concentration.
Communication is among the most dynamic fields of study as it encompasses new technology, new theories, and new approaches for examining complex interactions between people. The implications are profound. Our understanding of identity, community, aesthetics, ethics, business, leisure, and just about every fragment of our lives is being transformed.
As a Communication major you’ll complete some foundation coursework and then choose from a considerable range of classes that fit your specialized interests and career goals. You’ll be furnished with the technology and tools to hone your skills in the craft of finding and conveying stories, whether it is for journalism or marketing purposes.
Hands-on learning in and outside the classroom is emphasized. Meaningful internships, a Mac Lab with state-of-the-art software, a student-run newspaper, and a capstone experience will build your critical thinking skills and prepare you for graduate school or exciting careers in areas such as journalism, advertising, and public relations. The Communication faculty believe in a robust learning environment where we exchange ideas to create and analyze messages in a mutually respectful and encouraging atmosphere.
Communication Major Internships
Internship experiences are an essential part of the Communication program to help students transition from the classroom to the professional setting. Students are encouraged to seek full-time internships during the summer or may choose to do part-time, local internships as part of their semester coursework.
Adventure Radio, Bluefield, WV
Bluefield College Alumni Relations, Public Relations, and Sports Information
Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV
Capital Connections Southwest, Richmond, VA
Clinch Valley Press, Richlands, VA
Dori Wilson Public Relations, Chicago, IL
ESPN Radio, Bluefield, WV
Harley Davidson Motorcycles, Bluefield, WV
LifeWay, Nashville, TN
Princeton Times, Princeton, WV
United Way, Bluefield, WV
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
WVVA, Bluefield, WV
WDBJ, Roanoke, VA
Communication Major Outcomes
Communication is among the fastest changing fields of study. Digital communication is transforming nearly every part of our lives including how we connect, organize, collaborate, create, publish, think, govern, solve problems, and make sense of our world and ourselves. The Communication faculty is constantly updating curriculum to help students be more active consumers and creators of media in our global village of shared information.
Advertising Account Executive
Interactive Media Manager
Newspaper, Magazine, or Book Editor
Product Promotion Writer
Public Relations Manager
Research & Editorial Specialist
Positions Held by Alumni
Bluefield College, Alumni Relations
Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Sports Reporter
Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Lifestyle Editor
Chick-fil-a, Local Marketing Director
Clinch Valley News, Reporter
Compassion International, Features Specialist
EME, Artists and Repertoire Promotion Manager
CRA Marketing Manager, Pompano Beach, FL
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Visitor Services Specialist
Longwood University, Admissions Counselor
Princeton Times, Reporter
Sun Trust, Marketing Assistant
Thomasville Times, Sports Editor
Wolf Creek Museum General Manager
WVVA, Weather Reporter and Multimedia Journalist
Graduate Schools Attended
Pennsylvania State University
Clubs and Organizations
The Rampage Club - This student organization manages and contributes articles to the online student newspaper, The Rampage.
Dr. Cynthia L. Bascom
Professor of Communication and Chair of Departments of Communication and Graphic Communication
Class of 2013
“In my internship I was able to apply my marketing skills that were taught to me by my Bluefield College professors. Through this internship experience, I made many connections and can now show my marketing successes to future employers when I apply for jobs. I now feel well equiped for most any task at hand.”
Class of 2013
"One of the most phenomenal opportunities Bluefield College Communication Department has given me was putting me in contact with David Bailey, the current chair of the BC board of trustees. David Bailey allowed me to intern with him over a summer and be the summer editor for his quarterly magazine. I was able to write, edit, contact potential writers, and connect with many members of the Virginia legislature. I continue to write articles for the magazine on a freelance basis. This incredible opportunity illustrates the unique experiences Bluefield College offers."