Communication students at Saint Louis University research human interaction to become
culturally competent and ethically responsible leaders in journalism and media, advertising,
public relations, and corporate, government and nonprofit settings.
Professor Amber Hinsley does research with other faculty to examine how local activists,
journalists, government, and law enforcement officials use Twitter as a crisis communication
Major in Communication
Saint Louis University's undergraduate communication degree will teach you both the
theory and practice of communicating with people. Many of SLU's communication students
take advantage of internship opportunities that provide valuable work experience and
a chance to identify and refine their career interests and strengths.
If you choose to major in communication at SLU, you'll select one of three concentration
All communication students will take five core courses:
CMM 1000: Human Communication and Culture
CMM 1200: Public Speaking
CMM 2400: Media and Society
CMM 2500: Media and Society Lab
CMM 2800: Communication Research
Students take a 2000-level class to develop their writing skills, at least one production
class and have the option to take two elective classes in any area. Remaining classes
will depend on a student's choice of concentration.
More than 90 percent of graduates from SLU's undergraduate communication degree program
begin a career in their chosen field, including at advertising or public relations
agencies, large corporations, nonprofits, small businesses and media organizations. Recent communication graduates from SLU hold a variety of positions at organizations
in the St. Louis area and across the nation.
Some of these include:
Community or media relations specialist
Advertising agency account executive
Social media coordinator
An expansive internship program offers students the opportunity to take advantage
of SLU's urban location and the many businesses, nonprofits and media organizations
that call St. Louis home.
SLU’s communication faculty include experts who publish research in a variety of areas,
including journalism, media studies, First Amendment law, advertising, public relations,
digital production and rhetoric, along with interpersonal, organizational, cultural
and health communication. Faculty members guide students through their programs of
study and challenge them to exceed their own expectations.
Minor in Communication
SLU also offers a 21-credit-hour minor in communication. Students must take “CMM 1000:
Human Communication and Culture,” “CMM 2400: Media and Society” and either “CMM 2100:
Journalism Newswriting” or “CMM 2120: Message Design" in addition to 12 hours of communication
electives, with at least six hours at the 3000 or 4000 level. The minor is a total of 21 credit hours.
At SLU,you'll have the chance to pursue your communication interests outside the classroom
by using our digital production studios, participating in student media organizations
such as KSLU, SLU-TV and The University News, and through memberships in student clubs, including Ad Club and PR Club.