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Author James Humes said that the art of communication is the language of leadership. In this era of Twitter, “fake news” and Instagram memes, this is even more critical. If you understand how society is influenced through communication, you have the power to transform it.

Through Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Communication Studies degree program in the Department of Communications Arts and Sciences, you will acquire the knowledge to evaluate modes, messages and meaning of communication and develop the skills to improve your relationships, organizations and communities.

Whether it’s communicating personally or organizationally, advocating for a cause, managing conflict, podcasting, radio/TV production, content development, marketing or relationship building, you will find a place and medium in which to make your mark.


Program Options


The B.A. in Communication Studies offers the choice of emphasis in the following areas:

  • Organizational Communication helps prepare you for careers in consulting, training, employee relations and conference planning.
  • Strategic Relationship Maintenance involves the study of interpersonal relationships and is excellent preparation for human resource specialists, employee managers and personal relationship consultants. This emphasis also allows you to choose from an optional Conflict Management track. 
  • Rhetoric, Ethics and Social Justice emphasis offers potential careers in law, political speech writing, theology and more.‌
  • Broadcasting prepares you for a media career in a variety of positions from on-air talent to director as well as public affairs, sales and marketing or production engineering. 

Minor in Communication Studies

Minor in Digital Media


Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver


MSU Denver academic programs emphasize theory and practice in all courses. Plus Communication Studies internships are widely available in a range of paid and unpaid positions in the Colorado General Assembly, broadcast media, digital marketing, the Public Defender’s Office and in many other organizations. Broadcasting students can even gain career-relevant experience on campus through Met TV, Met Radio or WCAS, the department’s live-streaming radio station.

Communication Studies students also participate in the MSU Denver Undergraduate Research Conference, presenting their research findings on a variety of relevant topics.


Career Opportunities for Our Graduates


four images, a hand on a sound board, the view from behind the camera, a microphone in focus, a student speaking on the campus radio

MSU Denver’s degree in Communications Studies can help you build the communication skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive job market. The career possibilities for Communication Studies majors is nearly endless and includes these sectors: advertising, business and nonprofits, communication and health care, broadcasting, government/politics, international relations and negotiations, law and social and human services.


Hear from our students:


"I use theoretical and applied knowledge from my Communication degree at work every day. Many parts of my job depend on my ability to effectively communicate to different audiences. I come to work looking forward to making a difference in students’ lives by helping guide them through the career-development process. The Communication Arts and Sciences department has the best faculty and curriculum for students interested in communication!"

Lisa Clark (MSU Denver '13) is a graduate student career advisor at the Colorado School of Mines.

Faculty


Karen Lollar

Professor and Department Chair Karen Lollar believes that communication defines what it means to be human. Sharing her love for the intricacies of human communication is why she teaches its theories and philosophies. Her most recent research interests include ambiguity and transparency, invisibility as a coping strategy and narrative identity. 

 

 

Samuel Jay

Assistant Professor Samuel Jay’s research examines how digital communication technologies and their users generate and circulate emotional energy and how that energy adds rhetoric effectiveness to disparate discourses including politics, sports and economics. 

 

 

Brenden Kendall

Assistant Professor Brenden Kendall has studied communication’s role in promoting environmentally related organizational change and is the co-author of the book, "Just a Job? Communication, Ethics, and Professional Life".

 

 

 

Katia Campbell

Associate Professor Katia Campbell is the co-author of the book, "Neo-pragmatism, Communication and the Culture of Creative Democracy". She teaches Nonverbal Communication, Rhetorical Foundations of Communication, Techniques of Persuasion and Freedom of Speech.

 

 

Read more about Communication Arts and Sciences faculty.


Featured Alumnus


featured alumni xsmall picMeet Robert Dominguez
MSU Denver ’04

Live Event Producer/Production Manager, ABC’s “Good Morning America”.
Emmy and Peabody Award Winner.
Roadrunner.

Read more about Robert.


Alumni at Work


A small sample of the organizations that have hired graduates of MSU Denver’s Communication Studies program includes:

  • ABC News
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Bank of America
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Asian Pacific Development Center
  • ESPN Radio
  • Boulder Community Hospital
  • InnovAge Long Term Care Options
  • Broker Knowledge Group
  • El Paso Times
  • Gateway Battered Women's Shelter
  • D. Edwards & Co.
  • IBM, Kaiser Permanente
  • Library of Congress
  • Time Warner
  • Texas A&M University

 

MSU Denver Communication Studies students have been accepted for post-graduate study at:

Clemson University

Colorado State University

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado Denver

University of Northern Colorado

 

Learn more about where MSU Denver Communications Studies alumni are working.


Sample Classes


students working with their professor in a media lab

The Communication Studies program offers students a fascinating curriculum of student-centered courses that address both traditional communication systems as well as techniques developed in response to more timely communications processes including:

Organizational Communication

Communication Strategies for Effecting Change
Crisis Communication in Sustaining Organizations
Organizational Identity
High-Performance Teams
Organizational Leadership
Diversity and Communication in the United States

Strategic Relationship Maintenance

Arguing Constructively
Family Communication
Communication and Conflict
Intercultural Communication
Communication and the Elderly
Interpersonal Communication
Speech and Thought in the Digital Age

Rhetoric, Ethics and Social Justice

Advocacy and Social Justice
Gender and Communication
Social Justice Techniques of Persuasion
Freedom of Speech 

Broadcast

Electronic Media and Society
Writing for Broadcast
Sports Discourse in Media and Culture
TV Production
Radio Production
Electronic Media Management

Facilities and Resources


MSU Denver is located on the Auraria Campus, which it shares with the University of Colorado Denver and Community College Denver. Its proximity to downtown Denver offers you a living laboratory for applying what you have learned in the classroom to the city's vibrant, diverse community. The city’s many media outlets serve as resources for an intensive internship program for MSU Denver broadcasting students as does the University’s Office of Student Media, with its television and radio broadcasting facilities.


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