• Communication Studies Major


    The communication studies major is appropriate for students pursuing a general liberal arts degree who desire flexible preparation applicable to many contexts. It is a strong major for those who intend to go to law school, who want to go into teaching, and who are interested in sales, management training, social work, community organizing, mediation and conflict resolution, broadcasting, journalism, public relations, advertising, media analysis, graduate school in communication studies and related areas, and other careers.

    The communication studies major also prepares students for careers and/or graduate study in several different specializations. Communication studies faculty are prepared to support students who wish to specialize in areas such as communication in relational contexts (for example, interpersonal, group, and organizational communication), strategic communication processes (such as argumentation, political and campaign communication, public relations, and advertising), and media studies (including journalism, global media studies, and media production). Faculty members regularly advise students in designing a course plan to achieve the desired specialization.  Hamline University's 3-3 program, in partnership with Mitchell Hamline School of Law, allows highly talented and motivated students to pursue a variety of paths to law school. Students majoring in communication studies have very successfully participated in this program. See this website for more information: https://www.hamline.edu/cla/legal-studies/3-3-law-school-early-admission/

     

    Major Requirements

    Students who decide to major in Communication Studies have a choice of three different tracks: the General Communication Studies Track, the Communicating Across Differences Track, or the Global Communication and Media Studies Track. Each track requires 11 courses.

    Track 1: General Communication Studies

    • (or COMM 5010 - Departmental Honors Research; application and approval required)

    One course in individual oral presentation, chosen from:

    One course in culture and communication, chosen from:

    Five elective courses:

    Choose five courses from the following, four of which must be at the 3000 level.

    • (if not used to fulfill the individual oral presentation requirement above)
    • (if not used to fulfill the individual oral presentation requirement above)
    • (if not used to fulfill the culture and communication requirement above)
    • (if not used to fulfill the culture and communication requirement above)
    • COMM 3980 - Special Topics in Communication Studies
    • COMM XXXX - Approved transfer courses

    Track 2: Communicating Across Differences

    • (or COMM 5010 - Departmental Honors Research; application and approval required)

    One course chosen from:

    Three courses chosen from:

    • (topic: Women in Popular Culture)

    One additional elective:

    Any Communication Studies course may be chosen.

    Track 3: Global Communication and Media Studies

    • (or COMM 5010 - Departmental Honors Research; application and approval required)

    Four courses chosen from:

    • COMM 3980 - Special Topic: Global Advertising and Marketing
    • COMM 3990 - Internship
    • Approved study away courses

    One additional elective:

    Any Communication Studies course may be chosen.

  • Law School Early Admission (3-3) Option

    Students seeking to enter law school may pursue this major through the Law School Early Admission (3-3) Program. If interested, meet with the Communication Studies Department Chair and a Legal Studies faculty member by the end of your first year at Hamline.

    Visit the Law School Early Admission (3-3) Program for more details.