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.

As a Communication Major you’ll enjoy hands-on learning in and outside the classroom. 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 study or careers in public relations, advertising and journalism.

You’ll complete a group of foundation courses and then choose a concentration we have developed around your interests. We believe in exchanging ideas to craft and analyze messages in a mutually respectful and encouraging atmosphere.

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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

Bluefield Blue Jays, Bluefield, 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.

Career Opportunities

Advertising Copywriter

Announcer

Audience Analyst

Creative Director

Foreign Relations Officer

Marketing Specialist

Media Analyst

Media Relations Manager

News Director

Product Promotion Writer

Public Relations Manager

Reporter

Research & Editorial Specialist

Sales Representative

Positions Held by Alumni

Bluefield College, Director of Alumni Relations

Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Sports Reporter

Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Lifestyle Editor

Clinch Valley News, Reporter

EME, Artists and Repertoire Promotion Manager

WVVA, Internet Director

Compassion International, Features Specialist

Freelance Photographer

Longwood University, Admissions Counselor

Princeton Times, Reporter

Thomasville Times, Sports Editor

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Visitor Services Specialist

Sun Trust, Marketing Assistant

Chick-fil-a, Local Marketing Director

Graduate Schools Attended

Pennsylvania State University

Xavier University

Goucher College

Clubs and Organizations

The Rampage Club - This student organization manages and contributes articles to the online student newspaper, The Rampage.

Contact Information

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Dr. Cynthia L. Bascom

Professor of Communication and Chair of Departments of Communication and Graphic Communication

(276)326.4225

 

 

 

Matt Moore

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.”

Lydia Freeman

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."

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