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Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

Communication studies is the major for every career because all employers value competent communicators. Our curriculum develops excellence in speaking, writing and critical thinking through the practical application of a diverse array of communication theories and principles.

Why Communication Studies at St. Thomas?

The communication studies curriculum helps you develop a well-rounded skill set that is in demand by employers in virtually any industry. From working in a public relations agency to pursuing a law degree after graduation, our program prepares you to communicate clearly and think critically to serve the common good. Our graduates are pursuing careers in sales, digital marketing, public relations, advertising, social media management, law, human resources, education, tourism and more.

Well-Rounded and Flexible

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Course Requirements

    You will have the opportunity to dive deep into the theories and principles of communication while gaining practical skills that will benefit you in multiple careers. Your core courses cover topics such as public speaking, interpersonal communication, persuasion, argumentation, and communication of race, class and gender. In addition to a huge range of electives to from which to choose, you will complete your time at St. Thomas with a capstone course in communication ethics.

    Four-Year Plan

    We recommend connecting with a faculty member to map out your undergraduate career.

    Major Four-Year Plan (36 credits)

    Required Courses (20 credits)

    • COMM 100 – Public Speaking (4 credits)
    • COMM 220 – Interpersonal Communication (4 credits)
    • COMM 328 – Communication of Race, Class and Gender (4 credits)
    • COMM 366 – Persuasion and Social Influence (4 credits)
    • COMM 480 – Capstone: Communication Ethics (4 credits)
    • Choose 16 additional credits in communication studies courses.

    Minor Four-Year Plan

    Required: COMM 100 – Public Speaking

    Choose 12 additional elective credits

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
    • Minor in Communication Studies

    Internship Opportunities

    Practical experience is key to standing out on your job applications. We encourage our students to complete at least one internship during their time at St. Thomas. Students have interned in the past with companies such as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mortenson Construction, Allied Global Marketing, Basilica Block Party and many others.

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    You will have the opportunity to dive deep into the theories and principles of communication while gaining practical skills that will benefit you in multiple careers. Your core courses cover topics such as public speaking, interpersonal communication, persuasion, argumentation, and communication of race, class and gender. In addition to a huge range of electives to from which to choose, you will complete your time at St. Thomas with a capstone course in communication ethics.

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    We recommend connecting with a faculty member to map out your undergraduate career.

    Major Four-Year Plan (36 credits)

    Required Courses (20 credits)

    • COMM 100 – Public Speaking (4 credits)
    • COMM 220 – Interpersonal Communication (4 credits)
    • COMM 328 – Communication of Race, Class and Gender (4 credits)
    • COMM 366 – Persuasion and Social Influence (4 credits)
    • COMM 480 – Capstone: Communication Ethics (4 credits)
    • Choose 16 additional credits in communication studies courses.

    Minor Four-Year Plan

    Required: COMM 100 – Public Speaking

    Choose 12 additional elective credits

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
    • Minor in Communication Studies

    Internship Opportunities

    Internship Opportunities

    Practical experience is key to standing out on your job applications. We encourage our students to complete at least one internship during their time at St. Thomas. Students have interned in the past with companies such as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mortenson Construction, Allied Global Marketing, Basilica Block Party and many others.

    A student looks at the viewfinder of a video camera during a video production class (Communications and Journalism) in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center.

    Career Paths

    We give you the tools and knowledge you need to work in a variety of different industries and non-profit organizations after graduation.

    • Sales
    • Management
    • Corporate Giving
    • Public Relations
    • Advertising
    • Law
    • Human Resources
    • Brand Strategy
    • Event Planning
    • Social Media Management

    Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

    You have access to a wide variety of opportunities throughout your time at St. Thomas. Whether you’re interested in studying abroad or participating in campus activities, we have resources for you to pursue your passions.

    Student Organizations

    There are multiple student-led organizations for you to get involved with as a communication studies student, such as TommieMedia and KUST Radio.

    Beta Chi

    Beta Chi is the St. Thomas chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society. Eligible students demonstrate excellence in their communication courses and exhibit high standards of personal and professional character.

    Undergraduate Research

    The Undergraduate Communication Research Conference celebrates undergraduate research in all areas of the communication discipline. We bring together students and faculty from colleges and universities across the upper Midwest.

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    Skills for the Real World

    Communication studies gives students the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in our rapidly changing society. Whether they are learning communication theory in the classroom or getting practical experience in their internships, our students are ready for what’s next.