Let curiosity move you to major or minor in communication studies!


Your major in communication studies will focus on developing intellectual capacities to advocate, negotiate and relate, putting you on a pathway to successfully navigate professional, personal and public life. You’ll learn how to craft a persuasive message, what communication strategies aid health and well-being, and why communication is at the heart of identity and culture.

Start with the core requirements focusing on communication, collaboration and community, and then dive deep into areas that match your interests:

Emphasis Areas

  • Communication, health and well-being
  • Communication, public advocacy, and civic engagement
  • Diversity, culture, and global communication

You will also choose one of two research methods courses: social scientific (location, interpretation, and application of extant communication research) or rhetorical (humanistic with a focus on understanding and applying various critical approaches to the analysis of public discourse).


In the College of Arts and Sciences, we know experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences. Take advantage of opportunities in communication studies such as:

  • Studying abroad in the inspiring Veneto region of Italy
  • Participating on the seven-time Big Ten champion Speech and Debate team
  • Serving on the Undergraduate Student Advisory Board
  • Interning with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Researching communication techniques used in coping
  • Volunteering with Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement


Did you know communication is the #1 skill sought by employers? As communication studies majors you will prepare yourself with the knowledge and skills necessary for entering a wide variety of career fields, such as law, politics, government, public administration, public relations, personnel management, industrial/labor relations, sales, marketing, sales management, education, health/social services, business/industry, media, performing arts, ministry, counseling, public information management and teaching as well as graduate studies in communication studies and related disciplines. Here are examples of recent graduates’ employment:

  • Account Manager/Marketing Consultant / THREE EAGLES COMMUNICATIONS
  • Behavioral Health Specialist / CHILDREN’S RESPITE CARE CENTER
  • Communications Outreach Specialist / NET TV
  • Director of CEO Communications / BACK TO THE BIBLE
  • Human Resources Generalist / CITY OF LINCOLN
  • Investment Specialist / MERRILL EDGE
  • Program Director / FREMONT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
  • Sales Operations Coordinator / HEALTHCARE
  • Web Design and Marketing / SIMPLIFIED OFFICE SOLUTIONS
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What is Communication Studies?

“Being a communication major has not only made me a more effective communicator and diplomat, but it has also given me insight into how to tailor messages so they are more convincing.”

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Why communication studies?

Faculty, alumni, and students talk about the value of the communication studies major.