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Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Arts and Sciences

Studying Communication Arts: The UC Advantage


Communication Arts

he major in communication arts enables students to master a variety of communication skills required for both success in a wide range of exciting careers and for active, responsible citizenship.

Drawing upon the arts, humanities, and social sciences, UC's liberal arts approach to communication emphasizes personal exploration and growth along with career preparation.

Students gain professional experience outside the classroom through internship and cooperative education placements in government, media, entertainment, business, human services, and other professional settings.


The program incorporates two related components - 1) the refinement of communication and performance competencies, and 2) the development of an understanding of a range of important communication issues and the ways communication variables influence our identities, relationships, organizations, and society. Students may select course work in:
  • oral presentation and performance
  • persuasion
  • interpersonal and intercultural communication
  • group and organizational communication
  • broadcasting and media
  • film studies
  • theatre
The unifying theme is an exploration of how our identities, relationships, organizations, and society are influenced by the content, style, and media of communication.
For specific program details, see academic requirements >

Program Student Learning Goals

Career Outcomes

Studying communication arts at Utica College prepares you for success in a range of professions, including:

  • Media
  • Government and politics
  • Business
  • Human services
…and other fields. UC communication arts alumni have taken leadership positions at:
  • Harvard University
  • MetLife
  • The John F. Finn Institute for Public Safety
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Arc of Onondaga County, NY
  • Matthews Elementary School, Matthews, North Carolina