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Communication Studies
Communication Studies (BA)
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Learn to communicate effectively in a diverse world

Employers list communication skills as one of the most important attributes for job applicants. Communication Studies students gain communication skills that apply to a wide range of careers, learning to navigate complex communication environments and craft meaningful messages in their personal relationships, professional environments, and the public at large.

Combined Degree Programs

Students pursuing a BA in Communication Studies also have the opportunity to apply for the combined bachelor’s + master’s degree program—completing coursework at an accelerated pace, saving time and money.

High-achieving first-year students can choose to complete the combined bachelor's + juris doctor (JD) program to earn a bachelor's degree and law degree in a total of six years.

Suggested Career Tracks

Students who major in Communication Studies can organize their coursework around a range of different fields and industries. These short sequences of courses help you focus on topic areas that interest you. No matter which career track you choose, these courses will give you a flexible set of transferable skills, expose you to a variety of career options and prepare you for a changing work environment. See suggested career tracks

Related Student Organizations

  • Lambda Pi Eta: Official honor society for Communication Studies, Communication and Media, Communication and Technology, and Organizational Communication majors

Related Study Abroad Programs

Career Outcomes


of Communication Studies graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation

Communication Studies graduates have held positions all over the country and around the world. They work at nonprofits, health care organizations, law firms, educational institutions, startups, corporations and more like:

  • Addison Group
  • Building Tomorrow
  • Presence Health
  • Facets Multi-Media
  • Adelman & Gettleman Ltd
  • Chicago Bears
  • Mission Propelle
  • Murray State University
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Heartland Alliance
  • RadioMD
  • Headspace Inc.
  • Greater Milwaukee Committee
  • National-Louis University
  • Softchoice
  • Scripps College
  • Chicago Children’s Museum
  • PrizeLogic
  • Gordon Food Service

Career opportunities for Communication Studies practitioners include (but are not limited to):

  • Management Consultant
  • Broadcast Producer
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Business Development Coordinator
  • Marketing Lead
  • Buyer
  • Media Relations Specialist
  • Communication Analyst
  • Morning Show Co-Host
  • Communication Coach
  • Communication Specialist
  • Non-profit Program Manager
  • Content Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Corporate Communications Coordinator
  • Customer Relationship Manager
  • Production Assistant
  • Digital Marketing Strategist
  • Project Manager
  • Editor
  • Recruiter (HR)
  • Event Coordinator
  • Executive Assistant
  • Sales Coordinator
  • Higher Education Admissions Officer
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Supply Chain Project Manager
  • Information Coordinator

If you require more information including help with jobs and internships, networking, career advice and more, please visit DePaul’s Career Center.