Communication Studies Major (BA)
The skills and insights you'll develop in communication studies will guide you through all aspects of life, from careers in law, business, and philanthropy to being a thoughtful media consumer and strengthening your understanding of interpersonal relationships.
Communication graduates learn to analyze and understand how effective communication unites people across cultural contexts. You'll hone your talents to communicate with care and respect for others' beliefs and become a valuable team member in any career you choose.
Our professors put their research into practice in their communities, from nearby neighborhoods to international organizations. You'll take part in this engagement and apply the concepts you learn in class to real-world challenges.
Communication studies major and minor
Communication studies major—general
Choose from a wide variety of courses suited to your career interests.
Communication studies major—communicating across differences
Focus your studies on excelling in communication across differences including race, gender-identity, and more.
Communication studies major—global communication and media studies
Expand your knowledge and skills related to mass media messaging, news, and popular media.
Student research opportunities
At Hamline, students participate in research with faculty as early as their first year, something usually reserved for graduate students at other institutions. You'll design and conduct your own research project based on your individual interests and goals.
During your research process, you’ll collaborate with scholars at major research institutions, publish your research in academic journals, and present your work at local, regional, and national conferences.
The Communication Studies Department has been recognized by the US Department of State as the first university in the world to host international journalists who visit through the Edward R. Murrow fellowship program.
There are so many opportunities that come with a communication studies major. It's helped me learn how to collaborate with people and get out of my comfort zone."
Internships for communication studies students
We make sure you leave Hamline with work experience in the communications field on your resume. And the opportunities are boundless. Whether you want to explore a career in communications, diplomacy, philanthropy, or more, we have internship opportunities for you.
Examples of past communication studies student internships include:
- Governor's Office of Minnesota, digital media analyst
- US Department of State and World Vision, All Children Reading program coordinator
- The Arc Minnesota, human resource intern
- International Institute of Minnesota, social media content creator
- The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation, program and engagement coordinator
- Minnesota Twins, media relations intern
- Global Minnesota, marketing and administration intern
I'm a huge English, communications, and public speaking geek. I've always been super interested in nonprofits and communications, and it's great that I can study both at Hamline. We have such a broad set of classes, I've never felt that there's not a major here for me."
Career and graduate school information
Our innovative courses and one-on-one mentoring by faculty will give you the tools to succeed in a variety of jobs. Some positions held by our graduates include:
- UX researcher, Google
- Programmatic analyst, Haworth Marketing and Media
- Digital content analyst, Star Tribune
- Communications and engagement specialist, Sun Country Airlines
- Study abroad assistant director, Whittier College
- Scientific advisor for evaluation, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany
You can also put your degree to work in any number of fields, including:
- Public relations and communications
- Environmental law
- Media production
- Information and data analysis
- Marketing content production
Our graduates have gone on to graduate schools across the country in the pursuit of master’s and doctoral degrees. Examples of programs and schools include:
- Master of Arts in Information, University of Michigan
- Master of Science in Web Design and Communications Technology, University of Denver
- Master of Education, Alverno University
- Master of Arts in Communication, University of Illinois, Chicago
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