Communication Studies | Hastings College

Communication Studies

Major in Communication Studies at Hastings

Hastings College communication studies alumni build careers in broadcasting, business, education, law, philosophy, politics, public relations, consulting, sports, health professions and many other related fields.

First employers for recent graduates

  • Archway Technology Partners (Denver, Colorado)
  • American Red Cross (Washington, D.C.)
  • Cardinal Group Management (Ames, Iowa)
  • Open Range Beef (Gordon, Nebraska)
  • Sojern (Omaha, Nebraska)

Build expertise in communication

Research shows communication is the most vital skill employers seek in new hires. With a Communication Studies major or minor at Hastings, you’ll build expertise and confidence in your communication skills while discovering how to analyze communication among people and within businesses and organizations. It’s the perfect combination to set you up for a successful career.

Graduate with experience

Communication Studies majors at Hastings College do a lot more than spend time in classrooms. You’ll be out in the community, testing theories you learn in class and the research you conduct with our outstanding faculty. Through these experiences, you’ll make connections and earn a quality internship.

From there you’ll have opportunities to write and present research papers at national conferences, excel as a member of our award-winning communication honorary, Lambda Pi Eta, and participate in activities that demonstrate to employers you have the skills necessary in today’s global and dynamic business environment.

At every step in your path you'll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It's an experience that's true to Hastings College and you won't find it anywhere else.

See your future at Hastings

See for yourself how we personalize your education to your talents and your goals.

Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential.

Focus in your interest area

As Communication Studies major, you’ll take a set core set of classes to build your base and expertise. From there, you’ll appreciate our engaged faculty who take a thoughtful, intentional approach to personalize your educational experience with one of our emphasis areas.

Global Communication is an interdisciplinary study of communication across cultures, particularly in business and professional settings, where language and cultural barriers can impact efficiency.

Health Communication focuses on health-related professions and caregiving situations. This is a growing field in medical establishments and helps you create social change by shifting people's attitudes and external structures.

Legal Communication pushes you to further develop skills relating to research, writing, argumentation and thinking quickly on your feet. This is a great emphasis area for those considering law school.

Organizational/Strategic Communication is one of the most cutting edge areas of Communication Studies. It sets you up to work in corporate businesses, non-profit agencies or government agencies to create effective messaging.

Sports Communication combines our curriculum, an internship or two and a senior research project to open the door to a career focused on athletics. This opens doors to everything from after school programs to fitness training to amateur or professional leagues to esports.

Communication Studies Generalist is where you pick a combination of all of the above to tailor your own program and pursue your own path.

Go further with a Hastings education

Most Hastings students complete their degree in four years, and our four year guarantee is here to back it up. This means you’ll work closely with your advisor to chart a course in your major. Across the curriculum, many higher level classes are open to non-majors, so you can add a language or study music when you’re ready. Study abroad, do a service project or lead a club—there’s time, support and a plan for everything.

What to see how you can graduate in four years? Check out our semester-by-semester degree plan (.pdf).

Excel in graduate school

Recent Hastings College communication alumni have gone on to pursue master's degrees and professional degrees at some of the top graduate and professional schools for their program:

  • Creighton University School of Law
  • Kansas State University
  • Georgetown Law School
  • Georgetown University 
  • Northern Arizona State University 
  • Minnesota State University
  • University of Nebraska

Add expertise to your communication degree

Many of our majors and minors pursue additional study in areas such as:

  • Political Science
  • Marketing
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology

Find scholarships for communication majors

Your high school achievements both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA and test scores. Plus talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics. 

Get involved beyond the classroom

There’s always something to do at Hastings. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings a great campus for student life.

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Communicating Success

Hastings College stands out when applying to graduate schools because a majority of its students complete a capstone project. Garrett Delphia stood out with his by winning a national award for best undergraduate paper at the National Communication... more
Most students complete master’s degree programs at schools across the state or even across the country, but few have the opportunity to study abroad. Miranda Klugesherz, a 2015 Hastings College graduate, plans to do just that. Klugesherz will attend... more
For three Hastings College graduates, enjoying the Omaha arts scene is all in a day’s work. Amy (Krobot) Rummel ’94, Kori (Else) Radloff ’95 and Jessica (Hardy) Brummer ’04 are all marketing directors working to promote the arts in Nebraska’s... more
Though they each have individual roles, four Heartland Bank employees relate to a special understanding that brings them together -- a Hastings College education. more
Carly Spotts-Falzone was already scheduled for classes, assigned to a dorm and even a roommate in her home state of Minnesota, but with the help of Hastings College alumna Cadi Kadlecek ‘06, changing colleges so late was achievable. And her success... more