Program Requirements

Learning outcomes

Whether students select the organizational communication or public relations concentration, they can be assured of quality instruction across all communication courses. Mercer is committed to offering the best communication program experience through a comprehensive curriculum. Upon program completion, students will be able to:

  • Speak, listen, and write effectively
  • Evaluate interpersonal and intercultural communication issues
  • Demonstrate comprehension of basic theories, principles, and concepts in communication
  • Act professionally and ethically in communication-related fields

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication requires a total of 120 semester hours including general education studies. Many students transfer credits to meet the degree requirements. 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. We offer a comprehensive credit transfer policy.

Program plan

Core in Communication Major (27 hours)

COMM 240. Popular Culture and Society or COMM 251 Communication and Society
COMM 253. Gender Relations
COMM 255. Virtual Working Groups
COMM 309. Communication and Information Theory
COMM 330. Elements of Persuasion
COMM 340. Public Relations
COMM 350. Organizational Communication
COMM 370. Intercultural Communication
ORGL 380. Applied Research Methods

Concentrations in the Communication Major (12 hours)

In addition to the core courses in the Communication major, choose one of the following concentrations:

A. Organizational Communication Concentration required courses:
COMM 260. Interpersonal Communication
COMM 270. Communication for Business
COMM 325. Nonverbal Communication
COMM 498. Organizational Communication Assessment

B. Public Relations Concentration required courses:
COMM 345. Mass Media & Society
COMM 341. Public Relations Writing
COMM 342. Public Relations Leadership
COMM 495. Public Relations Cases & Campaigns

Total Major hours: 39 hours
General Education: 39 hours
Electives: 42 hours
Total Degree Hours: 120 hours