Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

Communication studies focuses on how people connect in a dynamic world. Excellent written and oral communication skills are a must-have for employers. Students who study communication will have the advantage when seeking employment as they relate well with others, understand organizational practices and policies, navigate social media, deliver polished presentations and engage meaningfully with their communities. Those who study communication understand the value of meaningful relationships, organizing innovative programs and interaction structures, navigating information in a digitally-mediated age and performing as leaders in organizations and communities. Classes involve the study of interpersonal relationships, organizational structures, cultural diversity, media and popular culture and public forms of communication.

Communication Studies offers a B.A. that allows students to study in two track areas: relational dynamics or public advocacy and civic engagement. Courses can be combined across the two areas to meet a student's career goals and personal interests.

Areas of emphasis

Relational dynamics

Relational dynamics examines how to develop and maintain satisfying personal and social relationships. Courses related to conflict management, interpersonal communication, social media, family, health and social influence are paired with classes on organizational and business communication to allow students relational expertise in a variety of contexts.

Public advocacy and civic engagement

Public advocacy and civic engagement emphasizes public aspects of communication. It includes classes related to project management, public interaction, civic responsibility, persuasion, advocacy, political processes, communication aesthetics and speechwriting, among others. Students will learn ethical and inclusive communication practices that allow them to serve as innovators and leaders.


The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno also offers a minor in communication studies. The minor focuses both on the practice and development of skills for competent communication as well as analyzing and studying the how people create shared meanings and interpretations of the world around them.

Why study communication studies at the University of Nevada, Reno?

The Department of Communication Studies offers students in the major many opportunities to hone their professional communication skills. From coursework in organizational communication and arguments to the nationally-ranked intercollegiate debate team. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate with faculty on effective communications research.

Internships/career opportunities

A degree in communication studies lends itself to many extraordinary career opportunities. The interpersonal, written, public and organizational communication skills learned as part of the major, along with the technical savvy and intercultural awareness that are a key part of communication studies, prepare students for multiple career options.

Job categories for those with communication studies expertise include the following:

  • Nonprofit leadership
  • Corporate leadership
  • Individual and community advocacy
  • Human resources
  • Medical services
  • Media and journalism
  • Public relations

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