Communications Studies

Program Features

Students in the Communication Studies program learn to promote effective communication processes in public and private organizations. Strong written, oral and interpersonal skills prepare students for jobs in fields like sales, event planning, human resources, corporate communications, promotions, marketing communications, industrial relations, training, and management.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Communications Studies major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • Core 101: GOA............ 0cr.
  • Comm 101 (OC Flag) or Comm 123............ 3cr.
  • English Composition or Rhetoric............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language Elective............ 3cr.
  • Core 100: First-Year Seminar or Theo 111 Theological Fundations............ 3cr.
  • Math 105 (Math at placement level) or Math 116 (Math Perspectives)............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Core 102: GOA............ 0cr.
  • Comm 101(OC Flag) or Comm 123............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language Elective............ 3cr.
  • Core 100: First-Year Seminar of Theo 111 Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy 100: Ethics as Introduction to Philosophy............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Communications Arts Course............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy 200: Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Social Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Quantitative Reasoning Flag............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Communication 206: Writing Flag............ 3cr.
  • English 205: Literature & the Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • Theology Perspective (Theo 200+)............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Communication Arts Course............ 3cr.
  • Communication Arts Course............ 3cr.
  • Diversity Flag (Comm 323, 324 or other)............ 3cr.
  • E/R & Focus Flag (Comm 477)............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Communication Arts Course............ 3cr.
  • Communication Arts Course............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Communication Arts Course............ 3cr.
  • Communication Arts Course............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Communication Arts Course............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Communication Studies major at Xavier:

Organizational Communication (COMM 260) - Organization theories and key concepts provide the framework for addressing contemporary communication issues and how these issues affect individual, group, and organization performance and effectiveness.

Persuasion (COMM 264) - Teaches consumers of information how to analyze, respond to, and generate persuasive messages. A variety of organizational contexts are examined, including politics, business, religion, and advertising.

Interpersonal Conflict Management (COMM 327) - Learn processes related to the nature of conflict, and how to evaluate various conflict styles. Explore how to resolve conflict by examining and applying conflict management styles in organizational contexts and evaluate the success of those methods.

Senior Seminar (COMM 469) - Integrate concepts and experiences throughout the Communication Studies major and liberal arts core to develop an original project for a real-world client with deliverables that are suitable for student portfolios.

Clubs

Film & Television Club

Members in this club produce a weekly news broadcast including a sports segment, with the entire show being produced by students.

Public Relations Student Society of America

This club focuses on career building skills such as networking, personal branding, campaign planning, fundraising, event planning, mentoring, and strategic community outreach.

All Xavier Clubs

Outcomes

91% of students from Xavier's Communications Programs, including Communication Studies, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Communications Specialist, Content Coordinator, Freelance Graphic Designer, Marketing Coordinator, Public Relations Manager, Recruiter, Social Media Marketing Assistant

Top Companies: American Airlines, Edelman, Maxim Healthcare Services, GE Aviation, News America Marketing

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Community Engagement

Courses in the curriculum have a strong focus on community engaged learning. In these classes, students work on real-world communications projects with local nonprofits or small businesses.


Professional Mentors

Our students connect with a mentor through our Career Services office. Students get matched to find guidance, support and career connections.


Mentor Program

Communications Studies Major at Xavier University

Communications Studies is an academic major with a long and proud tradition at Xavier University. The program, along with all programs within the Department of Communications, helps students understand many aspects of the human communication process. Basic skills in written and spoken communication receive emphasis in all four communication majors: advertising, communication studies, electronic media, and public relations. In order to complete all requirements for the degree, students should formally declare one of the four departmental majors by the end of their freshmen year

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."