Whether you see yourself as a reporter for a major newspaper or television station, a social media strategist, a creator, or a savvy marketing professional, a B.A. in Communications from Vermont State University will help you get there. You’ll develop the communication and technology skills you need to stand out, find your unique voice, and connect with your audience.
Choose a concentration that matches your career goals and gain exceptional hands-on experience in state-of-the-art campus facilities like the News 7 broadcast studio. Land an internship with a newspaper or movie production company to build your resume and career connections. Graduate ready for success in positions in public relations, television production, marketing, digital communications, journalism, cinema production, content creation, and more.
We understand that the cost and value of your education is important to you. That’s why we’re committed to being one of the most affordable colleges in Vermont and why more than 80% of our students receive aid. We're here to help you fit this program into your unique financial picture. Contact this program's Admissions Counselor any time to discuss what types of financial aid are right for you.
Combined with scholarships and aid, a Vermont State education is within reach for students from all financial backgrounds. Speak with our Admissions Counselor to estimate what your true out-of-pocket costs might be for this program.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for Communications, B.A.
$9,984 Full Time Annual
$19,992 Full Time Annual
Total Mandatory Fees
Undergraduate (In-Person / In-Person Plus)
$1,416 Full Time Annual
Housing and Food
$7,830 Full Time Annual
Standard Food Plan
$5,068 Full Time Annual
For complete information on tuition and fees across all programs and locations, as well as indirect costs of attendance, visit the complete tuition and fees page.
Why Study Communications at Vermont State?
98% Job Placement Rate: Invest in a degree that will pay off. Ninety-eight percent of program graduates land jobs within the field, many before they have graduated. From education to engineering, from healthcare to retail and manufacturing, nearly every industry needs skilled communicators.
State-of-the-Art Technology: You’ll have access to media labs with all the technologies and software you need to create professional-level media: two HD studios, Black Magic cameras, Panasonic broadcast cameras, multiple iMac labs fully equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud, and a state-of-the-art video and production studio.
Hands-on Learning from Year One: Start building skills for communications jobs from your first semester. We put industry-standard equipment and tools in your hands right away and give you the opportunity to use them through experiential learning both inside and outside of the classroom. You’ll graduate with a large skill set and relevant job experience that will put you ahead of your peers.
Real-World Opportunities: Whether you’re reporting on an important local story for News 7, crafting marketing materials for a local business through our Content Lab, or creating a short film to raise awareness for a cause you’re passionate about, you’ll work on real projects that touch real audiences.
Career Variety: Major in a field that opens many doors. Graduates with a communications degree have gone on to be journalists in active newsrooms, earned master’s degrees in film and cinema or business, founded PR agencies, won regional and national Emmys as broadcasters, and landed dream jobs at ESPN, PopSugar, and Lifetime/Hallmark.
What You’ll Learn
Vermont State’s B.A. in Communications starts with courses that orient you to the discipline and help you explore the ethical dimensions of media creation.
From there, you’ll choose from one of four concentrations to focus on the area that matches your career goals:
Cinema Studies & Production
Journalism (with a broadcast or multimedia focus)
The last of these concentrations, communications, allows you to select courses from any area — a great option if you’re not sure of your career direction or want to gain as much breadth as possible.
Whichever concentration you choose, a hands-on capstone project in your fourth year will give you the chance to demonstrate the skills you’ve developed and showcase your best work.
At Vermont State, you’ll be making an impact, even as a student. Opportunities include:
Be a source of local news: Get involved in writing and producing stories for Lyndon’s News 7 station, serving 10,000 households in 14 surrounding towns.
Keep the campus community informed: Publish your perspective in The Spartan, Castleton’s campus newspaper and website.
Help local businesses reach their market: Work with a team of students to plan and create marketing assets for businesses and nonprofits. In the Content Lab, you’ll promote community development and build your professional portfolio.
Gain unique professional experience: Take part in an internship and build your skills, confidence, and connections. Student placements have included ESPN, Vermont Public Television, Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, Burlington Free Press, and Dope Jam Records.
News 7 broadcast studio: Gain experience with all aspects of television news production with the same technology used in newsrooms around the country. The studio is completely HD with Ikegami cameras, Avid newsroom software, GrassValley switchers, and the technology to broadcast live on location.
Media production: Get access to studio space and industry-standard tools for all kinds of media creation, including Black Magic cameras, Panasonic broadcast cameras, and iMacs equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud software.
“The live aspect of News7 is a big draw for students. It sets the program apart, here in New England and across the country. I felt like I worked in a professional TV newsroom for two years. Now I work on-air as a reporter and weather anchor at WMTW-TV in Portland, Maine — a job I landed before I graduated.”