Connect with a Broad Audience & Build Lasting Connections


Understanding human communication is a skill that sets you apart in any job market. At Stevenson, learn to create and sustain relationships, influence others, and build lasting connections leading to rewarding careers. You will be empowered to challenge assumptions, serve as a change agent, and gain the skills necessary to advocate for yourself and for others through the power of public discourse.

Want to go the extra mile? Our Bachelor’s to Master’s Option allows you to graduate with a master’s in as little as five years.

Graduates of the Communication Studies program will:

  • Distinguish the communication discipline from related areas of study.
  • Apply communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts in personal, public, and professional contexts.
  • Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context using multiple communication modalities and technologies.
  • Critically analyze messages in various communication contexts.
  • Evaluate the ethical elements of communication situations.
  • Utilize communication to embrace difference.
  • Interpret diverse perspectives and advocate with empathy for oneself and others.

The Mill Experience

Stevenson’s Student-Run Design and Communications Agency

The Mill Agency at Stevenson University provides an opportunity for students to work with clients in a collaborative student-driven environment. School of Design, Arts, and Communication majors interact and work on communication and design solutions to meet clients’ needs while collaborating in an agency setting. Students use design thinking to execute professional solutions through research, discussion, iterative making, and formal presentations.

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Creating Community through Communication

Ashlynn Toppin

Communication Studies / Film and Moving Image Minor

When Ashlyn Toppin thinks of Stevenson University, she thinks of home: “I remember vividly walking onto campus and feeling a sense of home, peace, and community.”

Study Communication Studies at Stevenson


The courses in the preview below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. Students must complete all remaining major requirements in addition to the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE) courses.

Course Preview

CM 120Human Communication3 credits
CM 235 Media & Society3 credits
CM 236Communication Writing and Research4 credits
CM 390Organizational Communication3 credits
CM 440Persuasion Theory3 credits
CM 490Communication Capstone3 credits

Academic Catalog

Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, and suggested course sequence for Stevenson’s Communication Studies program.

Major Requirements

FYS 100First Year Seminar1 credit
CM 101Public Speaking3 credits
CM 115Interpersonal Communication3 credits
CM 120Human Communication3 credits
CM 205Communication Ethics3 credits
CM 206Listening and Communication3 credits
CM 211Intercultural Communication3 credits
CM 235Media and Society3 credits
CM 236Communication Writing and Research3 credits
CM 290Internship Preparation1 credit
CM 300Advanced Public Speaking3 credits
CM 310Conflict Resolution and Negotiation3 credits
CM 315Communication Theory3 credits
CM 331Nonverbal Communication3 credits
CM 390Organizational Communication3 credits
CM 401InternshipVariable credits; minimum 3 credits required
CM 440Persuasion Theory3 credits
CM 445Communication and Leadership3 credits
CM 460Communicating Identities3 credits
CM 490Communication Capstone3 credits

Career Opportunities

Career Paths for Communication Studies Majors

With a degree in Communication Studies, you can customize your future with the communication skills necessary to lead others. Graduates of our Communication Studies program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

  • Brand Ambassador
  • Cultural Advisor/Liaison
  • Communication Coordinator/Officer
  • Director of Client Relations
  • International Relations and Negotiations
  • Lobbyist or Campaign Manager
  • Patient/Client Advocate

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Career Connection Center.

Minors and Other Options

Minor in Communications

Students majoring in Communication Studies may not earn a minor in Communication. A minor in Communication is available. Please contact the department chair for more information.

Minors at Stevenson

Add a Professional Minor

Open yourself up to additional career paths with one of our professional minors. Each minor is designed to pair with students’ majors to give them additional career options, a competitive edge in the job market, and an opportunity to shape their Stevenson experience to meet their specific career goals. 

Find a Professional Minor

BA Option

Students also have the option of completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. The student must fulfill all SEE requirements, program requirements and complete two semesters of a foreign language from the point of placement or completion of 202 level.

Bachelor’s to Master’s Option

BS/MS options are available for students majoring in Communications who wish to combine their bachelor’s coursework while working toward a Stevenson University Master’s Degree in one of the following:

Explore more Bachelor’s to Master’s Options

Communication News

Over the last month, there has been a lot of news coming from Stevenson's Communication alums! Our department is thrilled to see our graduates thriving in their fields.

Communication's very own Lauryn Davis is one of the people thanking donors for supporting our students and for their committed philanthropy. Along with Dr.

Comm alum Julia Tucker ('14 undergraduate degree, '15 graduate degree), known to many for singing the The Star-Spangled Banner at Mustang Stadium, Camden Yards, and at other events, will be singing backup for Sarah Brightman .

Which Communication program is your best fit?

Stevenson’s communication programs offer different focus areas to help students craft their path to their desired interests and potential career. So, what’s the difference between Communication Studies and Business Communication at Stevenson?

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