Communication Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies prepares students to be communication professionals in a variety of fields, as they learn to effectively communicate in interpersonal, organizational, and public settings with creativity and polish.

This marketable degree opens up a wide variety of career possibilities, including positions in communication management for businesses or non-profit organizations, advocacy, high education administration, human resources and sales.

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Communication Studies Program Highlights

  • Explore the central role of communication in public and private spheres as it relates to individuals, relationships, genders, cultures, and organizations.
  • Develop highly effective interpersonal and public communication skills to use in a variety of professions.
  • Learn how to critique and create persuasive communication in order to become a more engaged citizen and successful professional.
  • Conduct independent research on a topic of your choice in a senior seminar — the culmination of your program.
  • Choose a minor or concentration area that complements the major and expands your expertise in an area relevant to a future career or graduate program.

Career Opportunities

  • Communications manager
  • Media relations specialist
  • Corporate or government information officer
  • Event manager
  • Speech writer
  • Human resources manager
  • Training and development manager
  • Law

Communication Studies Course Samples

  • COM 101

    Communication in Everyday Life

    3 credits

    In this introductory course, students will learn about core concepts and contexts of study in the field of Communication, critically consider the role of communication in their everyday lives, and develop and deliver formal speeches. Topics covered include communication in personal relationships, communication in the workplace, mediated communication, and informative and persuasive speaking.

  • COM 230

    Gender Communication

    3 credits

    Explores the relationship between human communication and issues of gender. Students will be encouraged to think seriously about how society defines gender and what that means for us on a personal level. Specific applications will include the family, the workplace, and relationships. The course will culminate with an individual project tailored to the student’s interest in gender communication.

  • COM 260

    Media, Technology, and Culture

    3 credits

    An introduction to theory and research focused on traditional and new media and communication technologies. Students will take a critical look at how media, technology and culture impact one another by exploring topics that can include media ideology and representation, media influence, globalization, digital divides, and new media activism.

Alumni in the Workforce

  • Senior Vice President, ESM Marketing, St. Louis
  • Director of Public Relations, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and Bio Research and Development Growth (BRDG) Park
  • Head of Marketing at OCI
  • Marketing and PR at Nestle Purina
  • Event Coordinator and Marketing Assistant, ORIGO Education
  • Public Affairs Coordinator, St. Charles County Government
  • Assistant Director of Programming in Student Organizations and Activities at the University of Kentucky
  • Volunteer Relations Specialists at Big Brother/Big Sisters St. Louis
    Girl Scouts of the Missouri-Heartland—Outside Recruiting Specialist
  • Graduate programs in communication
  • Graduate programs in higher education


Communication Studies Career Opportunities

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