Undergraduate Program (BA)

Communication Studies

Bringing people together in ethical and engaging ways is anything but easy. It requires a creative person who knows the ins and outs of digital media and can deliver a strategic communications plan. At Xavier, you'll learn this and more when you connect with community partners to produce work that has real-world implications.

Sample Four-Year Communication Studies Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
Core 101: GOA 0
Comm 101 (OC Flag) or Comm 123 3
English Composition or Rhetoric 3
Foreign Language Elective 3
Core 100: First-Year Seminar or Theo 111 Theological Fundations 3
Math 105 (Math at placement level) or Math 116 (Math Perspectives) 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Core 102: GOA 0
Comm 101(OC Flag) or Comm 123 3
Historical Perspectives 3
Foreign Language Elective 3
Core 100: First-Year Seminar of Theo 111 Theological Foundations 3
Philosophy 100: Ethics as Introduction to Philosophy 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
Communications Arts Course 3
Creative Perspectives 3
Philosophy 200: Philosophical Perspectives 3
Social Science Elective 3
Quantitative Reasoning Flag 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Communication 206: Writing Flag 3
English 205: Literature & the Moral Imagination 3
Theology Perspective (Theo 200+) 3
Scientific Perspectives 3
Natural Science Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
Communication Arts Course 3
Communication Arts Course 3
Diversity Flag (Comm 323, 324 or other) 3
E/R & Focus Flag (Comm 477) 3
General Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Communication Arts Course 3
Communication Arts Course 3
Humanities Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
Communication Arts Course 3
Communication Arts Course 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Communication Arts Course 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

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.

100% of Xavier Communications Studies graduates are employed, enrolled in a full-time graduate program or volunteering within 6 months of graduation.

100%

of Xavier Communications Studies graduates are employed, enrolled in a full-time graduate program or volunteering within 6 months of graduation.

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Through community-engaged learning, partner with a real client in your courses to help build practical experience and your portfolio.

INTERNSHIPS

At Xavier, you don't have to wait until you graduate to get work experience. Our internship program helps get you connected with top employers right away. In fact, we often have more available internships than interns! By doing an internship for academic credit, you connect your academic classes with the kind of work you'll be doing after graduation.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Students intern in places like Kroger, Procter & Gamble and Macy's, connecting with marketing professionals from Cincinnati's 10 Fortune 500 companies. Not only will you gain real-world experience, you'll make a difference for real clients.

Xavier by the numbers

75,000+

XAVIER GRADUATES ACROSS THE GLOBE

20

AVERAGE SIZE OF CLASSES

98%

SUCCESS RATE

ALL

STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO A MENTOR

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