Communication Studies



Communications Studies, the heart of the liberal arts education for over 2,500 years, is one of the most foundational subjects. The ancient Greeks valued the study of rhetoric, because they knew that when people exist in a community of any kind, the three most basic skills that they need to survive are: the ability to listen to what someone else says, judge whether their comments are sensible and devise a response. What was true 2,500 years ago is still true today.

When you graduate with a B.A. or B.G.S. in Communication Studies, you will emerge with strong skills in research and analysis, relationship building, organizational communication, data analysis and teamwork- all integral building blocks as you enter the workforce. As a COMS major you will get to choose a primary concentration and secondary concentration from the following:

  • Rhetoric
  • Political Communication and Social Influence
  • Interpersonal and Intercultural
  • Organizational Communication

The department is the host of the KU Debate program, which is consistently ranked among the five best programs in the nation, along with schools like Dartmouth and Harvard. Communication Studies also hosts the inter-disciplinary leadership studies minor so you can make progress on issues you care about in your personal, community and professional lives.

Career options: 

The Communication Studies major offers you the kind of liberal arts education that employers value. You can pursue a career in a range of fields from business and consulting, to education and government. To learn about more career options, visit the KU Career Center website.

Communication Studies Program
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Cindy Thompson
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