Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Communication major prepares students to be communication professionals. The program emphasizes communication theory and practice in the creation, presentation, and evaluation of coherent messages. With three areas of emphasis including writing, organizational communication/public relations, or communication studies, the career possibilities are endless.

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Key Features

Key Features

  • Choose from three different areas of emphasis to fit your career path. To craft your major to fit your career goals, choose the Communication Studies emphasis, or follow a specified track in Organizational Communication/Public Relations or Writing
  • Strengthen and develop the writing, presentation, and interpersonal skills you will use every day to communicate effectively with co-workers, clients, and the public
  • Create portfolio-building materials in the classroom to use in the real world
  • The focus of the major on applied communication skills and successful strategies, immersed in UMC's distinctive technology culture, prepares graduates to effectively communicate within the corporate and public forum and to meet the marketplace realities of contemporary society.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree in Communication is offered both on-campus and online
  • Communication Minor is also available on-campus and online, and can be added to complement another degree program.

Program Requirements & Curriculum

Program Requirements & Curriculum

To view current Communication, BS curriculum, visit our catalog site:
View Communication, BS curriculum

The Communication major offers three areas of emphasis:

  • Communication Studies
  • Organizational Communication/Public Relations
  • Writing

We also offer a minor in Communication:
View Communication minor curriculum



Employers seek to hire graduates with strong communication skills. Those who receive a degree in communication from the University of Minnesota Crookston will know how to adapt to changing circumstances and marketplace realities.

With this degree, graduates will be eligible for jobs in almost any field. Enter the keyword "communication" at Internet job search sites, such as and, to find job titles and descriptions.

The average salary range for positions within this major was between $51,470 - $108,260 yearly, depending on experience. For a list of detailed salary trends within this field, visit

Graduates often find or create jobs in all sectors of the economy and in multiple levels of organizations including a wide variety within each communication emphasis area:

Communication Studies (depending on concentration area)

  • Management
  • Politics
  • Health management
  • Marketing
  • Publications work
  • Sports information
  • Web site design

Organizational Communication/Public Relations

  • Corporate communication
  • Public relations
  • Public affairs and information
  • Media relations


  • Business writing
  • Editing
  • Freelance writing
  • Technical writing
  • Speech writing

Student Stories

Student Stories

Kaitlyn Banister, a senior communication major from Marinette, Wis.

Kaitlyn Banister, communication major from Marinette, WI gives some great advice for online students.  Read her article "Great Advice from Online Student Kaitlyn Banister" PDF File Icon in the Spring 2015 issue of the Torch magazine.

The UMC Online Advantage

The UMC Online Advantage

Personal, Prestigious 

Earn a prestigious University of Minnesota degree in an affordable, close-knit campus setting. The University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive public universities in the United States and ranks among the most esteemed. As a coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M, Online offers access to world-class teaching, learning and research resources, as well as enhanced internship and undergraduate research opportunities. As a graduate, your diploma features one of the most respected names in higher education.

Individual Attention and Mentorship

You expect an education that not only focuses on your needs but also allows your talent and interests to shine through. The dedicated faculty and staff at the U of M, Online serve as true mentors, offering prompt personalized attention catered to an online learner. You will have the opportunity to communicate with advisers and other students by participating in discussions, and other interactive tools to give you an exceptional educational experience.

A Technological Edge 

The University of Minnesota, Online allows you to learn anywhere, anytime. You will have the flexibility to access your courses 24/7 without having to worry about leaving work or home to get to class. The U of M, Online utilizes a broad variety of technological tools that make learning online easy! Employers consistently report that the U of M, Online graduates they hire are extremely well prepared for the demands of today's technological workplace.

Global Perspectives

As a University of Minnesota, Online student, you have the opportunity to study abroad! The U of M, Online through the Crookston campus has made it a priority to promote an understanding of diversity and global perspectives and to offer you the resources, programs and activities necessary for you to succeed in today's global economy. Our international recruitment efforts bring students from more than 20 countries, and our Study Abroad program offers more than 300 opportunities for you to study in 67 different countries. There are also numerous cultural activities and clubs to participate in. We offer many ways for you to expand your worldview, gain international experience, and make connections with people from across the globe.

Applied Learning and Internships 

Learn and do! Online learners have the opportunity to participate in hands on internships. Our internship programs give you the chance to practice the principles and theories you've learned in your courses and make contacts with potential employers that are near you. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is also available to all students and allows online learners to design and conduct research as an undergraduate!

No Out-of-State Tuition and Transfer-Friendly

The U of M, Crookston is the affordable choice for anyone! Whether you live just across the border, across the country or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same as those who live in Minnesota. We offer an incredible value that's also extremely transfer-friendly. Our staff will work with you to make sure your credits count. Our faculty advisers will personally talk with you about career goals, degree interests and review your records to develop a plan, and our transfer specialist will help make the process as smooth as possible. 

Excellent Job Placement

The Crookston campus has a reputation for a job placement rate of more than 93% for students in their field of study within six months of graduation. Some programs on our campus have even a higher rate of placement.

Online Faculty

Online Faculty

Assistant Professor
(218) 281-8286
Professor, Department Chair
(218) 281-8275
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Interpreter, Teaching Specialist
(612) 624-3445
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Teaching Specialist
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Awards & Recognition

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“Best Online Colleges Offering Bachelor's in Communications Degrees” for 2018 by SR Education Group’s Guide to Online Schools Award Badge
Top 20 Best Online Communication Degree Programs” in the nation by Best Communications Degrees Award Badge

Awards & Recognition

Niche Award Badge for 2018 Best Colleges
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Award Badge for Online College Plan ranks the University of Minnesota Online #1 in the Top 100 Best Online Colleges. Click for more info.
“Top Online Colleges & Universities in Minnesota” (#2) for 2018 by Affordable Colleges Online Award Badge. Click for more info.

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