Communication Studies Bachelor's Degree

NSU communication studies bachelor's degree students communicate clearly and confidently because they're trained to think critically - an asset for any employer.

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About The Program
College of Arts and Sciences

Communication Studies Bachelor's Degree

Effectively presenting yourself and your ideas is crucial, regardless of your profession. As a student in Northern's communication studies bachelor's degree program, you'll learn to understand and practice communication, developing insight into and ability in effective expression and listening. 

In this compact, agile communications program, we'll help you tailor experiences and projects to your special needs and interests.

Our communication studies degree also prepares you for professional schools in law, journalism, public relations, and organizational communication; or graduate studies in speech communication, rhetoric, public relations, mass media, and others.

You can also test your abilities and sharpen your competition skills on Northern's Speech and Debate team, which places competitively in state and regional meets and whose members have qualified for national competition.


Public Relations Emphasis

Public relations specialists read, research, write and speak well - they're doers who have a creative flair. NSU's Communication Studies program offers a focus on public relations, opening opportunities for you if you're interested in preparing and sharing information that keeps people informed.




The communication studies degree program provides a foundation for many careers. You'll learn the skills needed to obtain positions in business, industry, education and government service. Other potential career areas include sales and marketing; artists, broadcasters, editors, entertainers, public relations specialists and writers; and management- and administration-related occupations.

Public Relations

Public relations specialists work for private firms, educational institutions and government agencies, or are self-employed. They also have positions in sales and marketing or as artists, broadcasters, editors, entertainers, and writers, and work in management and administrative occupations.

For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact the NSU Career Center.


Communication Studies students gain valuable real-world experience through a required a 3-credit internship.

NSU College of Arts and Sciences Internships

Contact Information 

For more information about this degree, contact Jessica Ness, or call 605-626-2272 or 605-626-7900. Or, contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or

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