Communication skills — speaking, writing and listening — are key to success in any career. That's why we offer three majors in this area: communication (oral concentration), communication studies and electronic media studies.

A communication degree from St. Kate's prepares you for a successful career in fields as diverse as broadcasting, business, education, government, journalism, law, ministry, publishing and teaching.

Unique to St. Kate's

All communication majors at St. Kate's are required to take a course focused on leadership communication. This unique course, "Leadership and the Art of Persuasion," looks at the lives of women leaders in all areas — from arts to politics — and, in particular, the strategies they've used to deal with challenges. As part of the course, you will create a personal leadership plan.

Rich and relevant curriculum

Our curriculum covers many aspects of communication. In "Speaking to Lead and Influence", you find your voice and use it to speak confidently and articulately. Topics include communication ethics, audience analysis, speaker anxiety and how gender norms impact your credibility.

In "Gender and Rhetoric," you'll discuss what it means to be female or male and feminine or masculine, and dig into hot-button issues related to the terms. Group dynamics and decision-making are addressed in the course "Communication and Conflict in Groups and Teams." Ever wonder why family holiday gatherings get uncomfortable? Or why every team has at least one slacker? This course will enlarge your perspective.

Community outreach

Service learning enriches St. Kate's classroom conversation and helps connect readings or concepts to a lived experience. Students in the "Rhetoric, Civic Participation and Social Justice" course, for example, have worked with the Gardening Matters group, Minnesota Internship Center, and Youth Farm and Market Project to develop community gardening programs that advocate for food justice and equal access to healthy food.

Dedicated professors

St. Kate's communication faculty are enthusiastic teachers, respected scholars and diligent researchers. They've worked in organizations large and small. Assistant Professor Elizabeth Otto, for example, was a part-time radio reporter, an advertising copywriter and a communication specialist for a multinational corporation before bringing her expertise to the classroom.

Real-world advice

The "Senior Seminar" course allows you to examine how our curriculum has changed you personally and prepared you for professional life. This course is required for communication studies majors. Past seminars have included invited speakers or a lively panel of communication professionals from corporations, nonprofits, small businesses and human resources.