Communication

A major in communication will allow the student to develop the skills necessary to communicate with a variety of audiences in a variety of settings. Career options include entry level positions in public relations, mass media, business and industrial communications, advertising and public service.


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Communication at Cardinal Stritch University provides a wide variety of career preparation opportunities, all offered within the broader context of a Liberal Arts education. A communication degree has no boundaries. It translates into multiple work environments with its foundations in interpersonal, small group, persuasive, oral, digital, visual, and written communication. Students develop understanding of and the key skill sets to work in non-profit, corporate, consumer, and mediated communication settings. Throughout the degree program, students build a diversified portfolio demonstrating oral and written strengths, as well as problem-solving, audience analysis, interpersonal dynamics, conflict mediation, and cross- cultural and gender understanding.

Students develop professional experience through experiential and service learning within courses and through self-selected internships. Students are encouraged to complete two internships at different sites and with different job descriptions. With the many connections that our faculty have throughout the communication community, you’ll be able to take advantage of internships with organizations such as The Milwaukee Athletic Club, Zeppos & Associates (one of Milwaukee’s top public relations firms), and the YMCA.

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A major in Communication will allow the student to develop the skills necessary to communicate with a variety of audiences in a variety of settings. Career options include entry-level positions in social media, sales, public relations, mass media, business communication, advertising, education, and public service. Many of our graduates continue their education in graduate or law school, and many receive job offers from their internship sites.

A major or minor in Communication is a strong complement to a major in Sport Management, Psychology, Theater, Art, or Nursing.

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree program at Stritch has no boundaries. It can prepare you for a career in marketing, personnel management, advertising, public relations, or special events planning, among others. The communication major provides a variety of opportunities to study and practice communication skills in the areas of interviewing, group communication, nonverbal communication, leadership, conflict management, persuasion and intercultural and gender-based communication.

Additionally, today’s communication jobs need professionals who know how to navigate and produce meaningful messages in a media-driven world. Virtually all businesses and not-for-profit corporations need professionals who can tell their stories across multiple digital platforms. For that reason, the Communication Arts Department and the Visual Arts Department collaborate to offer multimedia courses to better prepare students for today’s workforce.

Courses Are Available

  • Face-to-face

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (August)
  • Spring (January)

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains  credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish  articulation agreements.

Application Requirements

Applications for admission are reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply to an undergraduate program:

  • Apply online
  • Request transcripts from your school(s)
  • Send us your ACT or SAT scores

Some academic scholarships require having an application on file, and being accepted, to see if you qualify.

International students will need to submit additional information regarding language proficiency and obtaining a student visa.

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The Stritch Alumni Network

Students, families, and employers know Stritch as a university that helps students find their mission, develop new skills, gain relevant career experience, and expand their professional networks. With a network of more than 34,000 graduates, our alumni are successful in their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures.