Communication Arts

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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Program Details

●  Credits: 120
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Hear from Stritch Communication Students

Read the expert perspective of Barbara Spies, Ph.D., professor, communication, in “Multiple Lenses,” a feature that appeared in the Summer 2018 digital issue of Stritch Magazine. She and three other faculty members use the lens of their academic disciplines to weigh in on factors that shape identity.

Additional Information

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, social media specialist, advertising and public service. In addition to the many career opportunities available right out of college, some of our graduates continue their education in either graduate school or law school. A maximum of two CA 403 internship for three credits each and/or two Public Relations courses can be counted toward the 42-credit requirement. For all required major courses a grade of "C" or higher must be achieved.

Communication Major: 42 Credits

Required courses for major: CA 101, 108, 210, 252, 260, 301, 331, 401, 403, and a minimum of 15 elective credits from CA course offerings.  Up to two Public Relations (PR) course offerings can be counted toward the elective requirement.  A maximum of two CA 403 internships for three credits each can be counted toward the 42-credit requirement. For all required major courses a grade of “C” or higher must be achieved.


Communication Minor: 18 credits

Choose three courses from: CA 101, 108, 210, 252 and nine elective credits in CA. One elective course may be PR designated. For all required minor courses a grade of “C” or higher must be achieved.

PLO 1  Employ communication theories, perspectives, principles and concepts.
PLO 2  Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose and context.
PLO 3  Demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals (Self-efficacy).
PLO 4  Apply ethical communication principles and practices.
PLO 5  Utilize communication to embrace difference.
PLO 6  Engage in Communication Inquiry.

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.

Freshman Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application
Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.

•  Request Transcripts
Have official high school transcripts delivered directly to the Office of Admissions from your school. We will also review GED scores of 250 or above.

•  Send ACT or SAT Scores
Provide an official score report from the ACT or SAT. High school graduates out of school for over one year do not need to submit scores.


Transfer Student Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application 
Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.

•  Request Transcripts
Have official transcripts from each college or university delivered directly to the Office of Admissions

Information for International Students

If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the  language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.


Funding Your Education

The undergraduate degree programs are competitively priced to make your education affordable. Our counselors in the Financial Aid Office know how to help students identify all options available for funding their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.

Alumni Network

More than 38,000 Stritch alumni are recognized worldwide for their leadership roles in businesses, health care organizations, corporations, educational institutions, entrepreneurial ventures and non-profit organizations. Responsive to the needs of their communities, Stritch graduates are critical thinkers, ethical decision-makers and lifelong learners.

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