When you think of a major in business, there are many different directions you could go in. Will your focus be on international relations? Marketing? Sports? Management? No matter what direction you take your career in, having excellent communication skills is essential to be successful in business. If you are an excellent communicator and want to write, speak and edit professionally, a major in business communications may be right for you.
This major typically leads to a bachelor’s degree. Courses you can expect to take in this major include advertising and marketing communications, intercultural communication, organizational behavior, public relations writing and public speaking. To help prepare for this major in high school, it is helpful to take courses like speech, journalism, creative writing and AP English Language. Expect work on group projects, examine the psychology of communication, study the history of media and learn to read and write proficiently.
What to ask before you apply
Accreditation and finding a job after graduation are essential in helping you pick a college. Is the school you’re looking at offer proper experience and internship opportunities that can help you find a job? Will you be able to get involved on-campus with relevant clubs and organizations such as the Public Relations Students Society of America? Will you be able to apply what you learn at school to a real-world experience?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average public relations professional made $54,170 per year in 2012.
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