Mercer University's Bachelor of Arts in Communication prepares students with a broad understanding of the communication process within society, organizations, and interpersonal settings. Effective communication is essential to the success of every organizational sector and industry, and students learn the impact of organization structure and group dynamics on communication to apply current theories and industry practices. With coursework covering topics such as communication and society, elements of persuasion, and intercultural communication, individuals are equipped to understand human interaction and how groups function to facilitate communication across a variety of contexts.
Choose from two specialized concentrations:
- The Organizational Communication concentration explores the theories, strategies, and skills needed to understand communication in organizations. Professional roles may include improving the flow of information within businesses, non-profits, and corporations to enhance an organization's operations, profitability, and overall function.
- The Public Relations concentration focuses on developing and assessing strategic campaigns, building relationships with organizational stakeholders, and engaging others to shape the perception of an organization. Public relations professionals may be involved in creation of content to drive customer engagement, management of an organization's efforts to influence public policy, or analysis or external attitudes that impact an organization's success.
The B.A. in Communication is offered fully online and at Mercer's Atlanta, Douglas County, and Henry County locations. Students are admitted five times per year in August, October, January, March, and May.
Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:
- Evaluate interpersonal and inter-cultural communication issues
- Illustrate the ability to speak, listen, and write for various communication outlets
- Demonstrate comprehension of basic theories, principles, and concepts in communication
- Negotiate the variety of situations and demands they face in relationships, organizations and in society
- Act professionally and ethically in their communication-related fields
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of public relations is expected to add at least 50,000 new jobs by 2020. Individuals who successfully complete the program can go on to work as professionals in a variety of positions in different industries, including roles such as: content creator, copy editor, corporate communications specialist, intercultural communication consultant, marketing manager, media account representative, nonprofit organization director, project manager, public opinion researcher, public relations specialist, and social media manager.
The Bachelor of Arts in Communication requires a total of 120 semester hours to complete including general education studies. Many students transfer in credits. If you have an associate degree or course credits from a regionally-accredited community or technical college, you may transfer qualifying credits toward a degree at Mercer University where we offer a comprehensive credit transfer policy.
Applicants for the B.A. Communication program should have a minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale and must be in good standing with the most recent regionally accredited college or university attended.
Submit all of the following items to complete your application to the program:
- Application for Admission. Begin application now>
College TranscriptsApplicants must submit one official transcript from every postsecondary institution previously attended, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be submitted to email@example.com.
If you are transferring from another institution, you may use the Transfer Equivalency Estimator to measure how your coursework will be credited towards your degree. Mercer will accept 64 credits from a two-year institution and 96 credits from a four-year institution. This tool provides an unofficial report of transferable courses. Upon submission of official college transcripts and acceptance, an official report will be completed by the University Registrar.
High School or General Educational Development (GED) Transcript
An official high school or GED transcript for applicants who have not attempted or have earned less than 30 hours of college credit.
Joint Services TranscriptAn official Joint Services Transcript is suggested, but not required, for individuals who have military experience. Additional information regarding how to request a transcript is available at https://jst.doded.mil/official.html.
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Admission decisions cannot be made until all application materials have been received.
Fall Session I (August): July 15
Instructions for Undergraduate Transient Applicants
To enroll as an undergraduate transient student, applicants need only submit the following as a complete application packet:
- $25 non-refundable application fee
- Letter of authorization completed by the home institution that certifies good standing, grants permission to take Mercer University courses, and specifies which course(s) may be taken.
If you have an associate degree or course credits from a regionally-accredited community or technical college, you may transfer qualifying credits toward a degree at Mercer University where we offer a comprehensive credit transfer policy. Use the Transfer Equivalency Estimator to measure how your coursework will be credited towards your degree.
The Enterprise Learning Partnership program (formerly known as the Preferred Provider Partnership program) provides affordable opportunities for employees of partner companies to attend an approved degree program of study at Mercer University. This unique program allows Mercer to establish relationships with corporations, government agencies, and organizations that are committed to supporting their employees' educational goals and ongoing professional development. Incentives include tuition benefits, military benefits, waived application fees, convenient credit transfer policy, and a streamlined process to learn more about an employee’s program of interest.
Employees of the following Mercer partners are able to use these benefits when enrolled in the B.A. in Communication program:
|AT&T||Gwinnett County Police Department|
|City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department||The Kroger Company|
|GEICO||Robins Air Force Base|
|Georgia Department of Corrections|
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