Communication Studies

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 

  • Educational Portal - 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 
  • MyPlan - numerous career options for students majoring in communications, advertising, or journalism with occupational descriptions  

Jobs to Consider 

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
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes/Rehabilitation Centers
  • Publishing Companies
  • Retail Stores/Restaurants
  • Radio, Television, and News Stations
  • Self-Employed/Freelancers
  • Travel Agencies

Job and Internship Search Resources 

Career Exploration Hub

Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.