LIBERAL ARTS

Communication Studies Degree

Liberal Arts Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Learn how to tune yourself to the important relationship building that happens through our interactions with others. Navigate a variety of personal, social, professional, and public situations gracefully and with success when you choose to major in communication studies.

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Why should I earn a communication studies degree?

In demand

Employers put a higher premium on communication skills, even more than a job candidate’s field of study, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the American Association of Colleges and Universities.

Equipped

Studying communication prepares you for nearly any form of employment in ways no other subject can.

What Can I Do With a Communication Studies Degree

  • Manager
  • Salesperson
  • Public relations
  • Event planner
  • Lobbyist
  • Marketing leader

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Why study communication studies at BVU?

As a communication studies major at BVU, your opportunities for gaining real work experience are wide reaching. Get work experience at valuable internships so you’ll be ready to succeed as soon as you graduate. 
 

BVU Internship Partners – Communication Studies

•    Mary J. Blige Center for Women
•    Henry Doorly Zoo
•    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland
•    Iowa Speedway
•    Easter Seals of Iowa

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AUBREY ANDERSON

Aubrey had an internship most students could only dream of- she was selected as a Game Day communications intern for the Minnesota Vikings. For each home game, Aubrey worked in the press box at U.S. Bank Stadium, transcribing player and coach interviews, delivering stats, and working with the press. Aubrey will never forget the communication skills she gained and the excitement she felt at Super Bowl LII.

Communication Studies Courses

  • Major in Communication Studies (36 Credit Hours)

    Required Courses

    • COMM 180 Communication Perspectives
    • COMM 225 Relational Communication
    • COMM 227 Advanced Public Speaking
    • COMM 230 Business and Professional Communication
    • COMM 280 Group and Team Communication
    • COMM 302 Intercultural Communication
    • COMM 370 Leadership Communication
    • COMM 432 Communication Theory and Research
    • COMM 495 Internship

    Plus 3 courses (9 credit hours) from the following

    • COMM 300 Argumentation
    • COMM 330 Messages, Meaning, and Society
    • COMM 340 Civic Communication
    • COMM 350 Organizational Communication Theory and Practice
    • COMM 355 Conflict Management
    • COMM 374 Interviewing
    • COMM 380 Topics in Communication Studies

    Recommended support work

    • ARTD 190 Art Foundations: Digital Design
    • DIGI 104 Media Studio: Web
    • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
    • PHIL 110 Ethics
    • PHIL 361 Racism and Sexism in American Life
    • PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
    • STPR 230 Public Relations Strategies
    • STPR 330 Applied Strategic Communication

    A business minor is highly recommended.

  • Minor in Communication Studies (21 Credit Hours)

    • COMM 180 Communication Perspectives
    • COMM 225 Relational Communication
    • COMM 227 Advanced Public Speaking
    • COMM 302 Intercultural Communication
    • An additional 3 courses (9 hours) from COMM courses other than COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication with at least 2 courses (6 hours) at 300 level or above
  • Major in Communication Studies & Theatre with Teaching Licensure (5-12) (30 Credit Hours)

    • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
    • COMM 227 Advanced Public Speaking
    • COMM 355 Conflict Management
    • COMM 300 Argumentation
    • DIGI 210 Media and Society
    • THME 110 Introduction to the Theatre
    • THME 200 Fundamentals of Acting
    • THME 300 Fundamentals of Directing
    • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

    Because of limited placement options for secondary communication studies/theatre student teachers, the candidate must complete a second teaching major.

  • Minor in Communication Studies & Theatre with Teaching Licensure (5-12) (24 Credit Hours)

    • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
    • COMM 227 Advanced Public Speaking
    • COMM 300 Argumentation
    • DIGI 210 Media and Society
    • THME 110 Introduction to the Theatre
    • THME 200 Fundamentals of Acting
    • THME 300 Fundamentals of Directing
    • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

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Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most—if not all—of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your special education, teaching English as a second language, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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