School of Humanities and Social Sciences
HSS is the cornerstone of St. Mary's liberal arts and Marianist education. With more than 20 disciplines to choose from, this is the largest school on campus.
About the program
The Communication Studies major or minor is ideal for a student who is looking to build a successful career on a foundation of oral communication skills. Because this major is much more than ‘just giving speeches,’ the fields we study include interpersonal communication, group communication, organizational communication, and intercultural communication.
There are also courses in specific subjects such as legal communication, health communication, business communication, gender communication, mass communication and management communication. Students with an interest in and talent for oral communication who have majored in Communication Studies have launched a variety of extraordinary careers.
Communication Studies offers a practical study of the principles and mechanisms of human interaction: How can the student be most persuasive? How can the student become an effective, respected leader? How can the student understand, avoid, and, when necessary, resolve conflict? More than persuasive leaders and successful peacemakers, we want our graduates to be members of society who are both productive and ethical. As such, the Communication Studies program grounds its challenging course of study in the Marianist traditions of integrity and community service.
Students can pursue one of the following program options:
- Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies – Degree Plan
- Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with Teacher Certification – Degree Plan
- Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with Nelson Wolff Law Early Admission Program – Degree Plan
- Combined Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Master of Arts in English Literature and Language – Degree Plan
- Minor in Communication Studies – Degree Plan
Courses and degree plan
- Public relations
- Customer service
- Writing and editing
- Public opinion research
- Nonprofit, government or corporate public affairs
- Newspaper or magazine writing/editing
- Hospitality or tourism industry
- Retail management
Teacher Certification option
Students interested in teaching can obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with Teacher Certification. The St. Mary’s University Department of Teacher Education is committed to preparing teachers for the important role they play in our society’s future. The elementary, secondary, and all-level teacher certification programs integrate rigorous academic training and supervised field experience with a well-rounded education, thus providing our students with tools they need to be effective educators.
The Educator Preparation Program instills in our students an appreciation for the fulfillment derived from the teaching profession. This requires that St. Mary’s teacher certification candidates be committed to a profession wherein they can make a difference in the lives of young people.
Law School options
- The Pre-law Program increases your chance of gaining admission to law school.
- The Nelson Wolff Law Early Admission Program helps motivated students graduate in less time. This program is available to students in the following majors: Criminology, English, International and Global Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology and Communication Studies.
- The Guaranteed Law School Admission Program guarantees St. Mary’s graduates admission to the School of Law, if they meet certain criteria.
For more information about any of these law-related programs, please see the School of Law Admission section.