Strong communication skills never go out of style. In fact, the ability to think critically, write succinctly and speak effectively are even more important at a time when people are bombarded with information.
St. Kate's communication studies major supports women in becoming leaders who are strategic thinkers, compelling writers and respectful listeners – as well as confident users of up-to-the-minute media to convey their messages. You'll learn to use technology including video, radio and digital communications that will help you reach the broadest possible audience.
Advance Your Career and Your Life
In the interactive major, you have opportunities to practice leadership through role playing, writing, engaging in community outreach and learning to use top-of-the-line audio software and video editing equipment. Those are skills the job market values. Communications careers include human resources, human relations, public relations, corporate communication, advertising, sales, media production and, indeed, any field that relies on the ability to communicate, connect and think critically. Click the Using your Degree tab for more information.
A communication studies degree prepares you for many career paths. Just look at St. Kate's graduates, among them:
- Jennifer Ibrahim Collins, Realtor and founder of Friends of Education Real Estate Foundation — the nation's first nonprofit real estate agency that allocates profits to public schools
- Ruth Goettig, volunteer coordinator at AseraCare Hospice and former program manager at Public Radio International
- Lori Gorshe, creative communications manager at Medtronic
- Wendy Nemitz Kokkinos, president of Ingenuity Marketing Group
- Jeannie LeMere, community relations specialist at Thrivent Financial
- Patricia McFadden, associate producer at Minnesota Public Radio
- Teresa Morrow, VP of external relations and marketing at Minneapolis Foundation and former vice president at Bremer Bank and Wells Fargo
- Amy Peavey, law firm consultant at Thomson Reuters
Several St. Kate's alumnae are authors, editors and freelance writers, including Jeanne Souldern and Kelly Barnhill (double major in communication and English). Our communication majors have also taken their skills in front of the camera. Polly Meyer, for example, is a media talent (actress, model and spokesperson) who has appeared in commercials for Target, 3M, Sherwin Williams, Lifetime Fitness and Shop NBC.
Your St. Kate's degree will open doors for graduate work in many fields.
- Tyra Wahman, former communications and public relations manager at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, is pursuing a master's in marriage and family therapy at St. Mary's University.
- Alison Johnson Schaub completed her graduate studies in public communication at American University in Washington, D.C. She owns a consulting company that works with nonprofit organizations.