What Can I Do With a Major In Communication Studies?

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Major Information

The Department of Communication Studies offers a bachelor of arts, a minor, and if you are in an individual degree program, such as individually designed interdepartmental major (IDIM), bachelor of individualized studies (BIS) or Inter-College Program (ICP), a concentration in communication studies. Communication studies refers to both a practice and an intellectual inquiry. As a student of communication, you learn to describe, explain, analyze, interpret, and criticize all forms of communication. A degree in communication studies at the University of Minnesota is designed to create communication competence & critical literacy in the communication age.

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and communication studies majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include:

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to assess and interpret communications, media theory, and public discourse
  • Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages
  • Strong critical-thinking and analysis skills
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Intercultural communication and the ability to work well with diverse groups
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively      

Interest code: SAI


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Student Groups

Professional Organizations

Career Options

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are communication studies alumni in all eight of the career fields).  For more career information for Communication Studies majors, utilize these additional resources:

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Communications & Journalism, Advertising, Public Relations


  • Public Relations Intern, Midway Chamber of Commerce
  • Brand Ambassador, Get Bizzy Inc.
  • Communication and Marketing Internship, Aabru Art
  • Photography Intern, KSTP
  • Social Media Intern, Style Architects
  • Promotions Intern, iHeartMedia
  • Editorial Intern, Free Spirit Publishing Inc.


  • Production Assistant, Disney Channel
  • Account Executive, Clamor Experiential
  • Production Assistant, E-TV


  • Account Executive, Comcast Spotlight TV Advertising
  • Senior Digital Concept Producer, Deutsch
  • Freelance Writer, various media
  • Marketing Director, Capstone Publishers
Business, Consulting, Marketing & Sales


  • Community Relations Intern, Travelers Insurance
  • Project Manager Intern, MentorMate
  • Development Intern, CLA External Relations at the U of M
  • Management Trainee, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Human Resources Intern, Ordway Theater


  • Product Manager, Gap Inc.
  • Events Coordinator, Best Buy
  • Executive Team Leader, Target
  • Business Development Consultant, Oracle
  • Business Systems Analyst, Deluxe Corp
  • Administrative Assistant, Allianz
  • Account Executive, Infosoft Group
  • Web Marketing Analyst, Bluestem Brands
  • Technical Recruiter, Pyramid Consulting, Inc


  • Account Manager, Portu-Sunberg Marketing
  • Manager, Portu-Sunberg Marketing
  • Project Management Marketing, Kohl's
  • Vice President of Marketing, Dell*
  • Finance & HR Cloud Sales Executive, Oracle*
  • New Business Representative, Securian
  • Agile Lead, The Braintrust Consulting Group
  • Business Development Manager, OtterBase
  • Site Developer, Ameriprise Financial
  • Consultant, Braintrust Consulting Group
  • Project Manager, Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Project Manager, Target Corporation
  • Training and Development Specialist, Allina Health System*
Nonprofit, Human Services & Social Justice


  • Events intern, YWCA
  • Talent Engagement Intern, Neighbors Inc.
  • Human Resources Intern, Project Footsteps


  • Promise Fellow, Americorps


  • Development Officer, College Possible
  • Manager, Opera Santa Barbara
  • Design Assistant, Teach for America


  • African & African-American Recruitment Coordinator and Admissions Counselor, U of MN


  • Teacher, White Bear Lake Area Public Schools*
  • Associate Director, Intercultural Initiatives at Old Dominion University
  • Enrollment Specialist, The Learning Abroad Center at the U of MN
  • Finance Professional, U of M's Financial Aid office (One Stop)
  • Academic Advisor, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities*

Graduate Programs

  • M.Ed, Higher Education, Harvard