Department of Communication Studies

Majors & Minors

Communication Studies Undergraduate Majors & Minors

The study of communication is central to understanding and engaging with our globally networked postmodern world. The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Communication Studies offers six majors and six minors as entry points to studying communication and providing our students with a wealth of experiences inside and outside of the classroom to help them prepare for a career in a communication-related field. computer lab image

Our mission is:

  • to assist students in becoming informed, responsible, creative, and critical communicators
  • to enhance student knowledge of, and skill in, the construction, interpretation, and distribution of communication in diverse cultural and global communities
  • to promote theoretical understanding and professional/personal practice of effective and ethical human communication between and within a broad range of contexts and communities.

Our majors: 

  1. Communication
  2. Communication-Theatre Teaching
  3. Electronic Media (emphases in Electronic Media Industry Leadership and in Production/Performance)
  4. Interactive Digital Studies
  5. Political Communication
  6. Public Relations

Looking for Journalism?  You can study Journalism at UNI by combining one of our relevant majors with our journalism minor.

Our minors:

  1. Business Communication
  2. Communication Studies (Liberal Arts)
  3. Communication-Theatre Teaching (which earns the Speech communication/theatre - 5-12 Iowa teaching endorsement)
  4. Interactive Digital Studies
  5. Journalism
  6. Public Relations

You can download tracking guides for each of our majors and minors to find out which classes to take and to develop a plan of study to complete the major or minor. You can also look at the Communication Studies section of the UNI Catalog.

Find out more about each area of study in Communication Studies by exploring our web site. Want to meet with an advisor or faculty member?  Please contact us.