Undergraduate Programs

The Bachelor of Arts program in Communication Studies provides a flexible program that permits you to choose a curriculum that is right for you and serves your goals. It prepares you with skills that are transferrable to a myriad of current and emerging careers.

Preparation for your future

Businesses, organizations, and nonprofit agencies consistently rank effective communication skills as the most important job-hiring consideration, even more so than technical skills. Pursuing a Communication Studies degree allows you the ability to bring diverse insights to the role of communication in a variety of ways. Managers, communication experts, teachers, sales representatives, political communication consultants, communication strategists and leaders are a few examples of possible careers for degree-seeking students. Communication Studies degrees examine the role of communication in a wide range of settings, focusing on how to adapt messages to diverse situations and circumstances.

The key to the Communication Studies major is flexibility.

With concentrations in Applied or General, the Communication Studies major permits students to take courses within the School of Communication Studies, and also in other Schools within the College of Communication and Information in order to acquire and hone a variety of skills related to their interests. We also offer an entirely online pathway for students to complete all the Communication Studies courses required for a Bachelor's degree.

Students can also couple their major in Communication Studies with one of the cutting-edge minors in the College of Communication and Information such as web development, information design, user experience design, digital media production, and advertising.

Students may apply early to the Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies and double count 9 credit hours of graduate courses toward both degree programs. See the Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program Policy in the University Catalog for more information. See the Communications Studies Graduate Degree Program page for admission requirements.

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Our Concentrations

Applied Communication

The Applied Communication concentration offers an interdisciplinary program of study in which students gain expertise in organizational communication, advanced presentational speaking, professional writing and visual design. Students are trained to integrate theoretical knowledge and technical skills in order to perform professional tasks such as conducting training sessions and seminars, creating web content, designing promotional materials, managing communication campaigns and writing press releases.  

  • Visual design
  • Organizational communication
  • Advanced presentational speaking
  • Professional writing 

Career Paths: 

  • Public relations
  • Web content
  • Communication campaigns
  • Promotional designer 



The Communication Studies–General concentration features flexibility and choice. Students create a personalized plan of study tailored to their specific academic interests and career goals. This concentration is appropriate for those who have diverse academic interests.

Our Minors

Communication Studies Minor

The Communication Studies minor allows students to improve their speaking abilities, as well as their listening, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Effective communication skills are consistently rated as one of the top three proficiencies employers desire in new hires. Whether students' major is in architecture or zoology, communication skills are necessary for effective interaction.

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