College for Women | School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

Communication Studies

Communication skills — speaking, writing and listening — are key to success in any career. As a communication studies major on our St. Paul campus, you will develop your powers of clear explanation and persuasion.

what can I do with a degree in Communication Studies?

A degree in communications from St. Kate's will prepare you for a professional communications career in variety of organizations, including:

  • Corporations
  • Law firms
  • Media companies
  • Teaching at a high school
  • Government agencies
  • Publishing companies

Your St. Kate's communications bachelor's degree will also open doors for graduate work in many fields.

what will I study?

A St. Kate's communications major prepares you with theoretical understanding and practical skills in written, oral and electronic communication.

  • Courses such as "Speaking to Lead and Influence" will have you find your voice and use it to speak confidently and articulately.
  • In "Gender and Rhetoric," you will examine the impact of mass media on gender norms, legislative debates and social movement strategies.
  • "Interpersonal Communication" explores how communication influences the effectiveness of personal and professional relationships, as well as how gender and culture shape interactions.

Service learning, alongside such courses, will enrich your classroom discussions by connecting concepts to lived experiences. Students in the "Rhetoric, Civic Participation and Social Justice" course, for example, have worked with the Gardening Matters group, Minnesota Internship Center and the Youth Farm and Market Project to develop community gardening programs that advocate for food justice and equal access to healthy food.

Did you know?

  • Communication Studies is offered as a major and minor.

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why St. Kate’s?

At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning to achieve your goals.

Major Course Requirements

Major Course Requirements

Explore the required, supporting and recommended courses.

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The path to a baccalaureate degree at St. Kate’s begins with a core curriculum that emphasizes intellectual inquiry and social teaching; challenging students to transformational leadership.



Our faculty are active researchers, industry and academic award winners and influential members of professional organizations. Most of all, they’re passionate, caring teachers.

The St. Kate’s Experience

The St. Kate’s Experience

This unique program brings together resources, activities and personal support to help you achieve your goals.