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Communication Studies (B.A./B.S.)

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The art of communication.

A major in communication studies prepares students to understand the central role that communication plays in people’s lives. Graduates of this program will receive the training, expertise and background that will promote professional success in a wide variety of career areas where communication is a critical requirement. The major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

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Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are a good listener and communicator.
  • Are inquisitive and like to solve problems.
  • Are a creative thinker.
  • Enjoy persuading others to change their attitudes, behavior or opinions.

Career Opportunities

  • Lawyer
  • Human resources representative
  • Event planner
  • Director of community relations
  • Communication specialist

Recent Employers

  • Graduate school
  • Daktronics
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • South Dakota Board of Technical Education

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.