Communication Studies

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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA or BGS, as well as a MA and a PhD in Communication Studies. The Communication Studies major provides a broad liberal arts education that addresses the ways in which people communicate in relationships, in public discourse, and within organizations. The major includes study of the ways in which such processes relate to cultural differences, technological developments, gender, age, and other social variables.

Communication Studies Department Website

Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate ability to apply communication concepts and theories to address everyday dilemmas within dimensions (ethical, social, legal, technological, relational, and cultural) central to the student’s  major focus
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills expected of a future professional in the field
  • Communicate ethically, responsibly, and effectively as local, national, international, and global citizens and leaders
  • Construct effective written messages in various formats and styles, to a variety of audiences

Popular Career Paths

Consumer Communications: Concerns providing information to the consumer or customer to generate revenue.

Communication Disorders: Involves working with people who have one or more communication disorders to assist them in effectively communicating.

Explore More Career Paths

  • - an overview of communication as a major, as well as career ideas, salary information, and informational videos
  • International Association of Business Communications - lists job search tips, professional development opportunities, and career profiles and spotlights
  • - numerous career options for students majoring in communications, advertising, or journalism with occupational descriptions

Jobs to Consider


Advertising Assistant

Broadcast Journalist

Community Relations Specialist

Copy Editor

Corporate Trainer

Event Planner

Magazine Writer/Editor

Marketing Manager

Media Buyer

News Writer/Editor/Director


Print Production Manager

Promotional Campaign Developer




Public Relations Manager

Rehabilitation Counselor


Retail/Restaurant Manager

Speech Writer

Technical Writer


Places to Seek Employment

Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations Firms

Alumni Associations

Book Stores

Chambers of Commerce

Consulting Firms

Corporate Companies

Institutions of Higher Education

Event Venues

Human Resources Departments

Insurance Agencies

Local, State, and Federal Government Agencies



Non-Profit Organizations

Nursing Homes/Rehabilitation Centers

Publishing Companies

Retail Stores/Restaurants

Radio, Television, and News Stations


Travel Agencies


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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest and your strengths in communication so you can focus your academics and experiences toward these fields.
  2. Become familiar with the required professional qualifications associated with careers that interest you (i.e., advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications).
  3. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  4. Register for and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  5. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in communication studies, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
  6. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. List of practice questions: advertising, general sales (pdf), event planning (pdf), marketing (pdf), pharmaceutical sales (pdf), public relations (pdf).
  7. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume 1 (pdf), sample resume 2 (pdf), sample resume-with athletics (pdf), sample resume-pre-communication studies (pdf).
  8. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
  9. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
  10. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
  11. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as: Advertising Club, Amateur Radio Club, Footprint Radio Broadcasting Ministry, Marketing Club, Sports Marketing Club, Student Ambassadors, Students in Communication Studies, and University Daily Kansan.

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