Communication Studies

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.

What employers seek

Communication Studies is a leadership development major. Whether as the sole major or a second major, studying communication makes you ready for employment. In fact, both the National Association of Colleges and Employers  and the American Association of Colleges and Universities have reported that employers put a higher premium on communication skills than even a job candidate’s major field of study.  

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Event planning
  • Nonprofit management
  • Sales
  • Ministry
  • Academia
  • Higher education student affairs work
  • Various management and marketing-related positions

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A major to develop leadership

Communication Studies is seen as a leadership development major at BVU. When students major in communication, they learn how to tune in to crucial relationship building that happens through our interactions with others, and are able to navigate a variety of personal, social, professional, and public situations gracefully and with success. Whether as the sole major or a second major, studying communication prepares students for nearly any form of employment in ways no other subject can.

Internships

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

Careers

  • South Dakota Magazine
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • DePaul University College of Computing & Digital Media
  • Meredith Publishing
  • Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Graduate School

  • Northwestern University
  • DePaul University
  • University of Illinois
  • Drake University
  • Bethel University

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

Faculty

Dr.   Mary  Gill

Mary Gill

Professor of Communication Studies

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Dr.   Bryan  Kampbell

Bryan Kampbell

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

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Mr.   Brian  Pattie

Brian Pattie

Instructor of Communications

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