Bachelor of ArtsCommunication Studies


Fortune 500 Companies Headquartered in the Twin Cities


Enrollment (1,400 on-campus undergraduates)


average number of student events per week

10 minutes

travel time to downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul


the year Concordia was founded

Program Overview
Credit Hours: 44

Majoring in Communication Studies involves exploring the ways humans create, transmit, negotiate, and understand meaning through the exchange of messages. The field of communication studies, grounded in rhetorical and scientific principles, promotes communicative choices that are artful, ethical, and effective. The study of the personal, social, political, and cultural functions of communication across multiple contexts prepares students to be thoughtful and informed citizens, prepared to thrive in a dynamic, global marketplace. Communication Studies students benefit from strong connections to faculty and fellow students in the major who represent diverse backgrounds and life experiences.

Students learn, practice, and hone lifelong skills including critical thinking, problem-solving, and professional speaking and writing through internships and interactive course topics such as:

  • new and emerging media
  • organizational communication
  • intercultural communication
  • leadership
  • persuasive communication
  • public relations
  • sport communication
  • interpersonal communication
  • group and family communication
  • public speaking

Unique to Concordia’s program, students participate in a well-established upper-level course sequence resulting in professional presentations in various venues, further enhancing their preparation for careers in a wide range of industries. Our Communication Studies major was designed based on research regarding the primary skills employers seek in potential employees.