Communication StudiesCollege of Arts and Sciences

What you will learn

Your major in communication studies focuses on developing intellectual capacities to advocate, negotiate, and relate.

These knowledge bases put you on the pathway to successfully navigating your professional, personal, and public life. Taking courses across these areas will develop the skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to understand, analyze, and create messages across contexts.

In addition to the core requirements, which focus on communication, collaboration and community you have the option to enroll in courses like:

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Communication and Popular Culture
  • The Dark side of Interpersonal Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Theories of Persuasion
  • Political Communication
  • Media and Culture
  • Global Organizational Communication and many more!

Career Opportunities

Did you know communication is the #1 skill sought by employers? As a communication studies major you will prepare yourself with the knowledge and skills necessary for entering a wide variety of career fields, such as:

  • law
  • politics
  • government
  • public administration
  • public relations
  • personnel management
  • industrial/labor relations
  • sales
  • marketing
  • sales management
  • education
  • health/social services
  • business/industry
  • media
  • performing arts
  • ministry
  • counseling
  • public information management
  • teaching
  • graduate studies in communication studies and related disciplines

Employment of recent Nebraska graduates include:

  • Account Manager, Clear Blue Skies Marketing
  • Associate Business Systems Analyst, ConAgra
  • Claims Assistant, Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies
  • Credit Manager, Wells Fargo Financial
  • Director of Children’s Ministry, Horizons Community Church
  • Family Service Coordinator, KVC Behavioral Healthcare
  • Grain Merchandiser, CHS Inc.
  • Human Resources Coordinator, Chipotle
  • Research Coordinator, Premier Psychiatric Research Institute
  • Staff Assistant, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry
  • Talent Scout/Advisor, Applause International
  • Web Design and Marketing, Simplified Office Solutions

The NEBRASKA difference

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln offers a communication studies program that is highly respected by our Big 10 peers. We offer close working relationships with faculty, opportunities to work with faculty on research, and smaller classes than many of the Big 10 programs.

UNL has a nationally recognized, 2-time Big 10 championship, debate and forensics program of intercollegiate debate, public speaking, and interpretation events.

The program gives you the opportunity to compete at the local, state, regional, and national level. No previous debate or speech experience is required. All students in good standing can take part in intercollegiate debate and forensics.

Internships / Clubs



  • Top Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior Awards
  • Outstanding Academic Senior Award
  • Bill Seiler Outstanding Undergraduate Leadership Award

Alumni / Faculty

Notable communication studies alumni:

  • Amanda McGill, Member of the Nebraska Legislature, representing Legislative District 26
  • Steve Taylor, ex-husker and professional football player, Home Real Estate Agent, Lincoln NE


  • Dawn O. Braithwaite, President of the National Communication Association (2010)


Notable facilities include:

  • Jere and Ruth McGaffey Forensics Workroom
  • Communication Lab
  • Communication Research Lab


Past research has included topics like:

  • communication and family identity
  • communication and workplace dignity
  • discourses of voluntary kin
  • dynamics of networked public spheres
  • interaction and multiethnic families
  • grandparent-grandchild communication
  • narratives and storytelling
  • organizational conflict communication
  • organizational socialization
  • transnational feminist organizing
  • relationships among myth, ritual, and politics
  • rhetorical studies and digital media
  • stepfamily communication