Program Overview

Do you have a talent for crafting a message, selling an idea, or telling an interesting story? UNE’s Bachelor of Arts in Communications cultivates professional and personal communications skills in a supportive, student-focused environment. In addition to studying the traditional communications disciplines, such as marketing, public relations, global communications, journalism, and business communications, you will develop highly marketable skills in digital media production — so you’ll be prepared to engage 21st-century audiences through multiple media platforms.

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Why UNE for Communications

Located on our oceanfront Biddeford Campus, an idyllic setting for undergraduate study, the Communications major offers small class sizes and close working relationships with peers and faculty. We emphasize the practical application of skills, acquired through doing and creating, that will put you a cut above others in the industry.

  • Focus on digital media production/media writing and marketing/advertising
  • Hands-on training with the latest tools and technologies of the field
  • Broad coverage of the classic communications disciplines
  • Introduction to the history and ethics of the communications industry
  • Intriguing internships to polish your skills – and your resume
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Careers

In addition to the oral and written communication skills that are the cornerstone of this major, you will acquire technical mastery of the tools of the trade and an ability to think critically as you explore the different perspectives of your audiences. Combined with your internship experiences, these skill sets will help you become an expert storyteller and will fully prepare you for a highly successful career in the communications field.

Our graduates have pursued many fulfilling professions, including:

  • Filmmaker
  • Public Relations Professional
  • Blogger
  • Journalist
  • Videographer
  • Marketing Professional
  • Video Editor
  • TV Studio Manager
  • Screenwriter

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, the Office of Career Services is here to help you plan your next step.

93%

of graduates employed or enrolled in grad school within one year of graduation

(per 2016-2018 graduate surveys)

#1

in Maine for getting a job

(Zippia, 2019)

Academics

Examples of available courses

The following are some examples of the exciting courses that you can take in the Communications major:

  • Understanding Mass Media
  • Digital Video Production
  • Communication Law and Regulation
  • Marketing
  • Writing for the Screen
  • Global Communications

To learn more about the program, see Curriculum or visit our Catalog.

Honors program

We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship, or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. You should consult with your major advisor or academic director for specific criteria and requirements.

 

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Experiential Learning

The Communications major emphasizes hands-on, real-world learning, providing you with experiences that will set you apart from others. At UNE, communications isn’t just about what you say or write; it’s about what you do.

Opportunities

  • Create videos using HD cameras, lighting, sound recording equipment, and editing tools
  • Develop your own screenplay
  • Learn to use photo editing software
  • Design video games using 3D design software in UNE’s innovative Makerspace

Internships

Internships allow you to explore career options, gain valuable work experience in your field, and network with professionals. Intern near campus during the academic year or elsewhere over the summer. Sites include:

  • Television Stations
  • Radio Stations
  • Newspapers/Magazines
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Minor League Sports Teams
  • School/University Communications Offices

For more information, contact the CAS Internship Office Communications contact, Cynthia Simon at (207) 602-2540 or csimon@une.edu.

Global Education

See the world

Study Communications on the other side of the world by taking part in our Global Education Programs.

Get first-hand experience in intercultural and cross-cultural communication by spending a semester abroad in SpainFranceIceland, or on our own global campus in Morocco. Alternatively, you may choose from several shorter travel courses that will take you on adventures in Mexico, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, or several other fascinating locations.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.

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