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Bachelor's Degree in Communication

Why Earn Your Communication Degree at Saint Leo University?

The Donald R. Tapia College of Business is home to the Communication major which offers three distinct tracks: Digital Communication, Social Media Influencer, and Communication Studies. The major prepares students to use communication for organizations in a variety of ways, for example, to create messages and engage audiences.

Our Communication program takes an applied approach that provides students the opportunity to acquire industry specific skills. The robust curriculum allows student novices to advance to subject field experts. Students are provided more class choices within each track. Communication majors are required to take 4 business courses to include: MGT 301 Principles of Management, MKT 301 Principles of Marketing, GBA 231 Business Law, and ACC 201 Principles of Financial Accounting or ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics or ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics or MAT 201 Introduction to Statistics.

A foundation in the core business competencies is critical to success in today’s business world. The combination of the liberal arts perspective found in the University Explorations (general education) requirements, as well as the required business coursework and the major, enables Saint Leo students to develop and sharpen critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. Communication majors will be posed to meet the variety of communication needs that businesses have today.

The Communication major with the proposed three tracks will exploit the current popularity of a communication major with an applied nature as well as reflects the future of the industry. The major will train students to use communication for organizations in a variety of ways, for example, to create messages and engage audiences. The three tracks are Communication Studies, Digital Communication, and Digital Media Influencers.

Learning Experience:
Est. Time to Complete:
4 years
Credit Hours:
120 hours
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Undergraduate Communication Program Details

The Communication program teaches the theory and practice using industry standard software and tools. There is flexibility of switching tracks based on evolving interests of a student. The interdisciplinary nature of the major allows students to include other courses outside of the communication discipline, such as English, Marketing and Theatre. This only further prepares students for a wide range of career paths.

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Online, On Campus, or Near You

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them. 

    Communication students enjoy plenty of engaging learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, as well as exciting departmental events.

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  • What are the benefits of earning your communication degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning, such as research projects and opportunities to attend national conferences.

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

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Are education centers near you offering communication degree programs?

You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes. 

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Specialization Options

Saint Leo University offers four specialization options for communication students. You can customize your degree to match your passions by choosing one of the following concentrations.

The communication studies program was designed with great flexibility. Do you have an interest in working with nonprofits in development and fundraising? This major is perfect for you! Or maybe you have an interest in creating social media content? This major provides an opportunity to choose from a list of courses that most interest you and aligns with your career goals.

Specialization courses include:

  • Applied Communication Theory
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Strategic Communication

The digital communication track is for students interested in the technical aspects of producing content such as video and audio editing or graphic design.

Specialization courses include:

  • Video Production
  • Visual Design
  • Writing for Online Media

The digital media influencers track focuses on content creation, distribution, promotion, and monetization.

Specialization courses include:

  • Dynamic Presentations
  • Advocacy Campaigns
  • Podcasting

Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

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  • How will you gain real experience?

    Classroom learning is only part of the communication degree program at Saint Leo University. We also know the value of hands-on experience. That is why internships and research projects are built into the curriculum. Saint Leo has a strong relationship with many internship organizations across the country, including Boys & Girls Club and Head Start.

    Plus, our Career Services center is always available to help connect you with a variety of other experiential learning opportunities to fit your individual career goals.

What skills you will learn?

  • Communication skills
  • Learn technical aspects of producing content
  • Graphic design
  • Video and audio editing
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  • How will you gain real experience?

    The program’s multi-faceted graduates are highly sought after in today’s job market. Communication majors complete two internships. Many interns are hired by the firms they intern with after graduation.

What can you do with an undergraduate communication degree?

The program’s multi-faceted graduates are highly sought after in today’s job market.

Where are Saint Leo communication graduates now? 


  • Home Shopping Network
  • iHeart Media
  • Lexus Auto Group
  • Busch Gardens (Tampa)
  • Disney World (Orlando)
  • WBCN (Boston)
  • Fox Sports
  • Florida Hospital
  • Mosaic

College of Business

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  • Saint Leo University’s Donald R. Tapia College of Business provides a values-centered education that develops tomorrow’s business leaders. Our students create a personal legacy of character and integrity, developing into responsible global citizens ready to contribute to society across numerous fields. As the largest Catholic business College in the U.S., students find flexible degree program options at University Campus, education centers in five states, and online.

    From associate to doctoral offerings, our accredited degree programs infuse student-centered teaching, future-paced research, entrepreneurial leadership, and professional networking opportunities. Students publish papers in esteemed academic journals, present original research at national conferences, and travel around the world to learn about the complexities of overseas markets. Faculty bring decades of practical experience to the coursework, ensuring students are on the cutting edge of their desired field to achieve career success.

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