comm studies

Majors & Minors

Communication Studies Degree

Program Overview

Communication is vital to all aspects of our personal and professional lives. Whether you're interested in the business, government or nonprofit sector, the Communication Studies major at UW-River Falls is an excellent choice to prepare you for a variety of professional careers. Our program focuses on the communication skills most needed by the student preparing for a career in law, education, business, health services, international relations and more.

Highlights of the Communication Studies Major

  • Flexible curriculum – there are four required core courses: interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, persuasion and a senior-level research-oriented seminar. 

  • Students have hands-on learning opportunities that include a student operated radio station and student newspaper.

  • Internships are highly recommended and encouraged.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Understand a variety of communication tools and media channels as well as the most effective ways to disseminate information.
  • Interpret and evaluate messages and their intended audiences.
  • Appreciate the interrelationship between theory, research and practice.
  • Understand and apply of ethical systems in communication.
  • Develop a sound foundation upon which you may build and adapt to future technological and social change.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for a career in the communications field. Below is a list of potential job titles and employers that graduates have found employment or internship opportunities with.

Potential Job Titles

  • Copy Editor
  • Travel Writer
  • Data Communications Analyst
  • Media Consultant
  • Special Events Promoter
  • Sales Associate
  • Customer Representative


  • Advertising Firms
  • Broadcasting
  • Corporate Communications 
  • Education 
  • Government
  • Social Services


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