NSU communication studies bachelor's degree students communicate clearly and confidently because they're trained to think critically - an asset for any employer.

Effectively presenting yourself and your ideas is crucial, regardless of your profession. As a student in Northern's communication studies bachelor's degree program, you'll learn to understand and practice communication, developing insight into and ability in effective expression and listening. 


In this compact, agile communications program, we'll help you tailor experiences and projects to your special needs and interests.


Our communication studies degree also prepares you for professional schools in law, journalism, public relations, and organizational communication; or graduate studies in speech communication, rhetoric, public relations, mass media, and others.


You can also test your abilities and sharpen your competition skills on Northern's Speech and Debate team, which places competitively in state and regional meets and whose members have qualified for national competition.


Public Relations Emphasis

Public relations specialists read, research, write and speak well - they're doers who have a creative flair. NSU's Communication Studies program offers a focus on public relations, opening opportunities for you if you're interested in preparing and sharing information that keeps people informed.


Critical Practice Emphasis

With an emphasis on pragmatic applications, this emphasis is designed to make sure you can work well with others on an interpersonal, group, or mass communication level.



The communication studies degree program provides a foundation for many careers. You'll learn the skills needed to obtain positions in business, industry, education and government service. Other potential career areas include sales and marketing; artists, broadcasters, editors, entertainers, public relations specialists and writers; and management- and administration-related occupations.


Public Relations Specialists

Public relations specialists work for private firms, educational institutions and government agencies, or are self-employed. They also have positions in sales and marketing or as artists, broadcasters, editors, entertainers, and writers, and work in management and administrative occupations.


For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact Career Services.



Communication Studies students gain valuable real-world experience through a required a 3-credit internship.



Arts and Sciences Scholarships

NSU Scholarships



Communication Studies (BA) Course Requirements and Student Learning Outcomes

Communication Studies Minor Course Requirements

Public Relations Minor Course Requirements


Plan of Study

Communication Studies (BA) Plan of Study

Public Relations Emphasis (BA) Plan of Study