The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
TTY/TDD: (218) 723-6790
Merry Renn Vaughan, Ph.D.
Theatre, Room 2010
Fast Facts: Communications Major and Minor
The study of communication is the study of messages, from the interpersonal level to mass-mediated forms. The College of St. Scholastica prepares its Communications students to design, adapt and analyze messages that are targeted to specific audiences in a variety of settings. The students enrolled in this program will be able to create and critique persuasive arguments and conduct important industry-related research.
The Communications major understands the rights and responsibilities of communicators as well as the historical and contemporary contexts of the field. Our school has crafted a comprehensive Communications program that prepares students to:
The program is designed for students with a wide range of interests. This is achieved by offering four distinct concentration tracks that allow students to tailor their studies to better achieve their unique career goals. Areas of concentration include:
Clear and effective communication is essential in this digital age - and our program prepares students for success after graduation through courses in intercultural communication, media literacy, film, argumentation, persuasion and many others. Internship credits are not always required (and depend on the chosen concentration), although opportunities abound for Communications majors. These experiences provide students with invaluable real-world opportunities as they work with area businesses to enhance their portfolios and general industry repertoires. Program alumni have interned at radio stations, public arts commissions, television stations, advertising agencies, professional sports organizations and a number of other professional environments. The spectrum of job opportunities in the field of communications is constantly expanding as people in every industry can benefit from the skills garnered from this degree. Graduates of the Communications program have gone on to pursue fulfilling careers as journalists, lawyers, lobbyists, photographers, sales representatives, publishers, film producers and directors.
Our Bachelor's degree in Communications is offered exclusively on our Duluth campus.
Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.
Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.
"My degree gave me the education to break down arguments, take apart concepts and reconstruct ideas in a manner that fits the purpose. I use the information I learned through my communications major on a daily basis.”
– Ilsa Peterson, ‘06