The communication major at Mount Mary University helps you develop practical skills and knowledge about effective communication methods, strategies and techniques. The curriculum allows you to choose courses that match your career interests.
All communication majors are required to complete an internship and complete a capstone project that includes preparation of a professional portfolio and a social justice project.
Admission & Bachelor’s Degree Requirements
The credits required for a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree depends the area of concentration that you choose. You also must complete the university’s core curriculum requirements. All courses are taught by faculty, not by teaching assistants. See the communication curriculum sheet.
Complete degree requirements and a listing of courses are available in the Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF).
Some academic programs require a GPA higher than what is required for general admission to Mount Mary University. Contact your admission counselor for more information.
Choose from Four Areas of Concentration
All areas of concentration require courses in communication theory and research methods.
You can select a course of study in one of four areas of concentration:
Communication Studies (37 credits) - Provides you with a foundation of communication knowledge and skills to explore a wide range of social, cultural, organizational and interpersonal communication professions. The communication professional operates in a variety of settings and has the flexibility to advance in many different communication occupations.
Health Communication (39 credits) - Provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to understand how health and behavior are shaped by communication, information and technology. A health communication specialist is interested in improving health communication at the individual and community level.
Integrated Marketing (44 credits) - Provides you with the training and communication skills you will need to implement marketing campaigns across multiple platforms. Integrated marketing professionals utilize marketing, advertising and communication practices to create effective strategies and tactics in a growing digital media environment.
Public Relations (41 credits) - Provides you with fundamental skills, knowledge and experience needed for an understanding of public relations and its role in society. The public relations professional is a strategic thinker who evaluates current trends and develops plans of action that benefit the organization by helping it relate positively with many audiences.
Communication Minor Requirements
A communication minor is an excellent addition to any major. You can gain communication skills and expertise—important for any profession. You also have the flexibility to choose from all communication courses to model your minor with your professional interests and goals.
Consult the Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF) for more details on requirements and courses for this minor.
Communication Student Learning Outcomes
Our program combines a strong liberal arts foundation with coursework designed to provide theoretical and practical knowledge of communication. Not only will you acquire a broad base of communication skills to enter communication-related careers, but you will be able to critically engage in the public arena and use your communication skills to advance social justice locally, national and internationally.
We want our students ready to engage in their professions and to be active, engaged citizens. Therefore, students in the communication program will:
- Apply communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts.
- Use elements of effective communication with diverse audiences.
- Create messages appropriate to audience purpose and context.
- Understand and practice ethical communication.
- Analyze interpersonal, organizational and mediated discourse.
- Understand the impact of communication on the individual, organizations, and society.