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.

Some of the classes you'll take:

  • Foundations of Human Communication
  • Communication and Contemporary Issues
  • Family Communication 
  • Communication and Conflict
  • Communication of Comedy
  • Persuasion
  • Intercultural Communication

For a complete listing of required courses for the program in communication studies, please visit the Marquette University Online Bulletin at this link.