Applied Communication Studies

Applied Communication Studies

The Applied Communication Studies major combines the classical liberal arts tradition of rhetoric with contemporary trends in communication while emphasizing organizational studies and leadership. The major is founded on the Jesuit ideal of producing leaders who excel in Ars eloquentiae - the ability to communicate effectively in personal and professional settings.

Our faculty work with students to give them an experience that blends practical interpersonal and public speaking skills with an understanding of the centrality of communication in the development of thought and culture. Our students can take classes in a variety of communication areas including leadership, training and consulting, persuasion, communication criticism, intercultural communication, and research.

Applied Communication Studies serve a broad range of students who plan to pursue careers in areas including public service, non-profit administration, teaching, government, business or law. We are proud to have graduates currently working in positions at well known organizations such as UBS (PaineWebber), Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Desautel Hege Communications, National Broadcasting, and ESPN.  

We also provide foundational courses for students who plan to pursue graduate school in communication or related subjects. We are excited to see many of our graduates placed in excellent graduate programs at universities including Boston University, University of Washington, Johns Hopkins University, Washington State University, University of Utah, and Gonzaga University. Additionally, Applied Communication Studies includes a nationally successful intercollegiate debate program situated and equipped in its own facility, the Conway House.

Please feel free to contact any of us at any time to find out more about our program.