Communication Studies (BA)
Bachelor of Arts
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Meet Robert Dominguez
MSU Denver ’04
Live Event Producer/Production Manager, ABC’s “Good Morning America”.
Emmy and Peabody Award Winner.
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:
Colorado State University
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado Denver
University of Northern Colorado
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:
Strategic Relationship Maintenance
Rhetoric, Ethics and Social Justice
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.