Bachelor of ArtsCommunication Studies

Program Overview

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.

Required Courses

View Communication Studies required courses on our academic catalog website.

Career Potential

The Department of Communication Studies encourages experiences beyond the classroom. Because our major requires an internship, Communication Studies majors often take advantage of our location in the Twin Cities metro area, which is both a major media market and headquarters to numerous businesses, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. Students seize leadership opportunities on campus with the student newspaper and various student organizations.

Majoring in Communication Studies prepares students for careers in a variety of communication and other industries, as well as for graduate study in areas such as communication, law, politics, public administration, education, social work, and business. As many employers identify communication skills as the most important factor in hiring and promotion decisions, they find communication majors particularly attractive. Because we designed our major to prepare students for a dynamic marketplace, a student majoring in Communication Studies can consider a variety of career fields. Students have found promising/impressive careers in the following fields:

  • Advertising
  • Communication education/training
  • Copy editing, design, and creative services
  • Corporate/organizational communication
  • Event Planning
  • Health Communication/Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Journalism
  • Management leadership and training
  • Marketing and consumer research
  • Media Relations
  • Non-profit communication
  • Public information and policy
  • Public Relations
  • Sales and sales training
  • Strategic communication