Saint Louis University

Communication Studies

Given the fast-paced, technology-driven and global nature of today's workplaces, many students seek an education that will serve them in careers that have yet fully to emerge.

Knowledge of communication skills and expertise in oral and written communication over a broad range of contexts and audiences is a key job skill employers seek, regardless of changes in specific industries and career fields. Students choosing this concentration can work with their communication mentor to tailor their program of study to meet their specific career and personal goals.

In addition to securing the skills employers are most interested in, students with a Communication degree prepare themselves for graduate studies in a wide array of academic fields, such as law, human resources, communication, business, management, education and other liberal arts and social sciences.

Think you may be interested in the Communication Studies concentration? See what Communication Studies student Maeve Donahue has to say about it in this student-produced video!

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the Communication core requirements (16 hours), students in this concentration take: 

Writing (3 hours)

2100 Newswriting OR
2120 Message Design   

Foundations (12 hours)

Choose 1 foundations course from 3 of the 5 areas listed here (9 hours):

Public Communication & Dialogue: Leadership, Organizing & Relating:
3050 Argumentation & Debate 3000 Interpersonal Communication
3060 Political Communication 3200 Organizational Communication
4050 Theories of Persuasion 4200 Leadership and Teams
Advertising & Public Relations: Journalism & Media Studies:
3600 Public Relations Principles & Practices
3420 Literary Journalism
3700 Advertising Principles & Practices
3440 Media Ethics
  3840 Analysis of Popular Culture
Communication, Culture & Community: 4410 Critical Perspectives on Journalism
3300 Intercultural Communication
4420 Free Expression
4300 Gender and Communication 4430 Culture, Technology & Communication
4320 Communicating Across Racial Divides











In addition, choose an additional 3 hours from any of the foundations courses listed above. 

Production Practices & Applications (3 hours)

Any Communication course designated as a Production/Technology course may be taken to fulfill this requirement.


An additional six hours may be taken from any of the classes in the Communication curriculum.
Download the full Communication program curriculum

Learn More

For more information on the Communication Studies concentration, contact Dr. Richard, Director of Undergraduate Studies.

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