Communication Studies Major

From peace negotiations in the Middle East to labor agreements between management and unions, the art of communication is critical to successful human interactions. Understand the theories, principles and practices of human communication, and you'll have the keys to solving puzzles presented by interpersonal, cross-cultural, organizational and conflict situations as a major in communication studies.

Master the art of communication.

You'll sharpen your own communication skills and explore the principles and theories of effective expression to help you understand and motivate audiences.


Join other communication studies majors who have interned with places such as the American Lung Association, Banana Republic, the Gap, the Chamber Theatre of Milwaukee, the Miller Brewing Co. and the Milwaukee district attorney's office, as well as a variety of offices on campus.

Learn from the best.

Learn from professors who are nationally recognized leaders in persuasive, organizational, corporate, family, cross-cultural and health communication.

Capitalize on opportunity.

Marquette's location in the heart of Milwaukee and the major's structured internship program give you access to Fortune 500 companies, newspaper and broadcast organizations, and nonprofit organizations as a communication studies major.

Cover the spectrum of communication.

You can focus your communication studies expertise in areas such as organizational and managerial communication, family and gender communication, interpersonal communication, and persuasion and rhetoric.

Develop the wisdom of the ancients.

From Plato and Aristotle to modern rhetoricians, you'll learn the theories and strategies of rhetoric when you major in communication studies. You'll become a savvier consumer of information, a more persuasive speaker and a better listener.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Introduction to Communication
  • Communication Pathways
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Foundations of Communication Studies
  • Media in Society
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Rhetoric and Composition I
  • History of Cultures and Societies Elective
  • Foreign Language or Diverse Cultures
  • Science and Nature Elective


  • Argumentation in Contemporary Society
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Foundation of Communication Studies
  • Contemporary Presentation
  • Intro to Communication Research Methods
  • Diverse Cultures Elective or Minor Elective
  • Mathematical or Science Elective
  • Literature and Performing Arts Elective
  • Major/Minor Electives


  • Organizational Communication
  • Persuasion
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Minor/Elective Courses


  • Communication and Contemporary Issues
  • Theology Elective
  • Major/Minor Electives