B.A. in Communication Studies

Find your connection. Study communication.

Communication Studies is one of the most sought-after degrees at Colorado State University. Students who are drawn to this major are naturally curious about communication and its many platforms – whether online or in person, one-on-one or in a group, through words or nonverbal cues, or through film and TV.

As a communication studies major you will gain expertise in media and visual culture, relational and organizational communication, and rhetoric and civic engagement. Your coursework  will encompass the study of oral, written, nonverbal, visual, mediated, and digital communication. You will also minor in the subject of your choice. This can be from any program across the university. Our supportive and experienced Academic Success Coordinators (ASC – a.k.a. adviser) will help you connect your interests and passions to your goals and ambitions by creating a path to achieve these with a customized plan of study.

Our diverse and supportive faculty are committed to student success and are regularly honored with awards for teaching and scholarship. Our students are highly engaged in programs and activities beyond the classroom, whether as facilitators with the Center for Public Deliberation, interns with the ACT Human Rights Film Festival, or students on education abroad programs around the world. There are countless ways to get involved in the department, on campus, and even around Fort Collins.

When you graduate with a degree in Communication Studies from Colorado State University, you are prepared to meet the communication challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century — and succeed.


The Study of Communication at CSU

Areas of Study
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Faculty expertise in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University falls under one of three areas of study:

Film & Media Studies
This area examines television, film, new media, and music and their relationships to culture and society.

Relational & Organizational Communication
This area explores the verbal and nonverbal aspects of interpersonal, small group, co-cultural, intercultural, and organizational communication.

Rhetoric & Civic Engagement
This area explores the ways that public discourse is used to persuade and influence others across a range of rhetorical texts including speeches, political artifacts, architecture, photography, and museums.

What can you do with a degree in Communication Studies?

Our alumni are living proof that earning a degree in communication studies is one of the most rewarding and valuable objectives you could ever hope to achieve. Meet a few of our alumni and get inspired to make a difference.

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