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What is Communications?

Communications students engage with critical perspectives on the history and practice of mass communication and the media through which such communication occurs. The communications major helps students develop a comprehensive understanding of the theory and skills necessary for a wide variety of career paths while becoming proficient in media literacy—crucial for ethical citizenship in today’s society.


Recent majors have interned with Habitat for Humanity, Karmak, the Macoupin County Enquirer-Democrat, and various other regional businesses.

The ‘Burnian

The oldest college newspaper in Illinois! The ’Burnian offers tuition, paid, and volunteer opportunities for writers, editors, graphic designers, and photographers.

Work Program Opportunities

  • The ’Burnian
  • Sports Information
  • Public Relations
  • The Writer’s Block, Blackburn’s writing center
  • Blackburn’s online radio station
  • Institutional Research

Resume Building Memberships

  • Illinois College Press Association
  • Association for Women in Communications

Postgraduate Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with a communications degree from Blackburn College are equipped to pursue careers in the following fields:
  • Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Public relations
  • Social and interactive media
  • Education
  • Consulting
  • Institutional communications
  • Media law
  • Political communications
  • Research
  • Marketing and sales
  • …and more!

Student Testimonials

“I am doing marketing which includes dealing with social media, and I can credit my Professional Writing, Media Literacy and Media & Diversity classes for my success; I learned about how consumers perceive media messages and the complexity of being clear and diverse with marketing materials. Having these tools in my marketing tackle-box enhances the chances of my messages reaching its target audience.”

Steven Jones, Class of 2014
Marketing Coordinator at All Digital Radio Network

“I had a part time job as a sports writer before I started going to Blackburn, but what I learned from the Communications and Professional Writing coursework helped me to hone my skills and eventually move into a full time position at that same paper. Then, after graduating, I was able to take my degree and get a job as the sports editor at a paper in Missouri.”

Jason Farmer, Class of 2013
Sports Editor of the Hannibal Courier-Post


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18 hours of the following, including at least 9 hours at the 300/400 level:

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