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Building practical skills and knowledge

Communication Studies

About Communication Studies

Communication studies is the major for every career.

Communication studies at the University of St. Thomas fosters the study of the human connection enabled by communication. Our mission is clear: We seek to nurture your excellence in speaking, writing and critical thinking, three skills employers consistently value in today’s ever-changing marketplace.

By teaching you a diverse array of communication theories and principles throughout your time at St. Thomas, we position you to thrive in virtually any career you choose. Our graduates have enjoyed successful careers in sales, event planning, digital marketing, public relations, advertising, social media management, law, human resources, education and tourism, among others.


Our Program

As a major or minor in communication studies, you will have the opportunity to dive deep into the theories and principles of communication while gaining practical skills that will benefit you in a variety of careers.

Related Programs

Our program is flexible and complements many other degrees at the University of St. Thomas.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Current communication studies students have access to multiple scholarship opportunities once they are on campus.


Our faculty are passionate scholars that are devoted to teaching and mentoring you throughout your time at St. Thomas.

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Dr. Debra Petersen

Program Director

Dr. Petersen researches communication and sustainability, intercultural communication. political communication, gender/race/class/sexual identity and communication, and sport communication. She has won awards for her teaching and her dedication to sustainability and community-based learning.

Dr. Debra Petersen
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Dr. Bernard Armada

Dr. Armada has won local and national awards for his teaching and research. He researches rhetoric of race and the social construction of culture and public memory. He also explores the persuasive dimensions of music and deploys the power of theatrical improvisation to improve communication skills.

Dr. Bernard Armada
Dr. Kristi Wenzel Egan

Dr. Kristi Wenzel Egan

Dr. Wenzel Egan's work focuses on how people communicate during difficult health experiences. She uses ethnographic, narrative analysis, and other methods to examine the dominant discourses individuals use to tell stories about health, illness, death, and dying. The ultimate goal of her research is to help those with health challenges understand the communication behaviors that contribute to productive relationships with health care providers and other members of their support network

Dr. Kristi Wenzel Egan
Dr. Kevin Sauter presents at the Undergraduate Communication Research Conference.

Undergraduate Communication Research Conference

The Undergraduate Communication Research Conference celebrates undergraduate research in all areas of the communication discipline. We bring together students and faculty from colleges and universities across the upper Midwest.

Student Organizations

There are multiple ways for you to get involved throughout your undergraduate career as a student in our department.

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TommieMedia is the student-run news outlet for the university that is a national leader in all-digital college journalism.

Learn more about TommieMedia
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Lamba Pi Eta

Beta Chi is the St. Thomas chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society. Eligible students will demonstrate excellence in their communication courses and exhibit high standards of personal and professional character. Students must have completed at least 60 semester hours of earned credits at the university and at least 16 semester hours of credits in communication studies courses as well.

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KUST Radio

KUST Radio is a web-based radio organization providing its listeners with engaging content created by and for members of the St. Thomas community.

Learn more about KUST Radio

Contact Information

Questions? Please feel free to reach out to learn more about communication studies.

Mailing Address

University of St. Thomas
Communication Studies, #5011
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105