Bachelor of Arts


The Department of Communication at Wake Forest pursues the theoretical, critical, and scientific study of human communication in all its forms. In pursuit of that overall goal it advances three areas of concentration: communication science, rhetorical studies, and media and film studies.

Did You Know?

  • Communication has been Wake Forest’s most popular major among graduates in recent years (2019-23).
  • The department is the home of Wake Forest’s nationally outstanding debate program, which has won three National Debate Tournaments and dozens of other intercollegiate competitions in a tradition of more than 100 years. In 2023, Wake Forest began the first institution to win all three major national tournaments in the same year.


Sample courses for students studying Communication include:

  • Communication in Entrepreneurial Settings
  • Speechwriting
  • Media Production
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Sports, Culture and Society

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Practical Experience & Skills

Students in this program will develop the following skills:

  • Excellent writing and speaking skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication/teaching skills
  • Assessing needs
  • Answering questions, providing information
  • Active listening
  • Developing rapport and trust
  • Teaching
  • Training
  • Coaching

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Clubs & Organizations

Communication students participate in the following clubs and organizations:

Career Outcomes

Careers that often interest Communication majors include:

  • Account Executive
  • Advertising Director
  • Copywriter
  • Consultant
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Event Planner
  • Executive Trainer/Coach
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Media Specialist
  • Missionary
  • Museum Director
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Political Consultant
  • Production Assistant
  • Public Information Officer

Communication alumni include journalists, financial consultants, advertising executives, attorneys and professional sports executives, among other professions.

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Related Programs

Those who are interested in Communication also consider the following programs:


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