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Communication Studies major

From peace negotiations in the Middle East to labor agreements between management and unions, the art of communication is critical to successful human interactions. Understand the theories, principles and practices of human communication, and you'll have the keys to solving puzzles presented by interpersonal, cross-cultural, organizational and conflict situations as a major in communication studies.

Master the art of communication.

You'll sharpen your own communication skills and explore the principles and theories of effective expression to help you understand and motivate audiences.


Join other communication studies majors who have interned with places such as the American Lung Association, Banana Republic, the Gap, the Chamber Theatre of Milwaukee, the Miller Brewing Co. and the Milwaukee district attorney's office, as well as a variety of offices on campus.

Learn from the best.

Learn from professors who are nationally recognized leaders in persuasive, organizational, corporate, family, cross-cultural and health communication.

Capitalize on opportunity.

Marquette's location in the heart of Milwaukee and the major's structured internship program give you access to Fortune 500 companies, newspaper and broadcast organizations, and nonprofit organizations as a communication studies major.

Cover the spectrum of communication.

You can focus your communication studies expertise in areas such as organizational and managerial communication, family and gender communication, interpersonal communication, and persuasion and rhetoric.

Develop the wisdom of the ancients.

From Plato and Aristotle to modern rhetoricians, you'll learn the theories and strategies of rhetoric when you major in communication studies. You'll become a savvier consumer of information, a more persuasive speaker and a better listener.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Introduction to Communication
  • Media in Society
  • Rhetoric and Composition I
  • History of Cultures and Societies Elective
  • Foreign Language or Diverse Cultures
  • Individual and Social Behavior Elective
  • Science and Nature Elective
  • Major/Minor Electives


  • Argumentation
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Foundation of Communication Studies
  • Communication Studies Electives
  • Contemporary Presentation
  • Intro to Communication Research Methods
  • Diverse Cultures Elective
  • Mathematical Reasoning Elective
  • Introduction to Visual Communication
  • Minor/Elective Course


  • Organizational Communication
  • Persuasion
  • Individual and Social Behavior Elective
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Literature and Performing Arts Elective
  • Minor/Elective Courses


  • Communication Studies Electives
  • Communication and Contemporary Issues
  • Theology Elective
  • Minor/Elective Courses


You might like the communication studies major if you

✓ want to help people find creative solutions to communication needs

✓ are highly motivated

✓ enjoy working with people

What can you do with a major in communication studies?

Communication studiesOur communication studies graduates typically work in such areas as corporate consulting, special events planning, corporate training and development, nonprofit fundraising, human resources, and law.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in communication studies.

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