Careers and Graduate Success in Communication Studies

Communication skills prepare students for careers in advertising, marketing, public relations, corporate business and human resources. But our approach also positions our majors to create their own opportunities in the marketplace. We have graduates in nonprofit organizations, in the medical field, in law and working in positions that range from advancement to sales to research and many more.

A large percentage who have continued their studies have been accepted at some of the best graduate schools in the country, including the Annenberg School for Communication and the Universities of Arizona, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Texas and have gone on to careers as college professors, research specialists or lawyers.

Some alumni include:

  • Grace Gering '17, event manager, Spruce Point Inn & Resort, Boothbay Harbor, ME
  • Kiri Jacobsen '17, event planner, Prairie Berry Winery, Sioux Falls
  • Erin Mairose '17, reporter, SiouxFalls.Business
  • Lara Ellsworth Vogt ‘05, resource development coordinator, Volunteers of America
  • Teresa Resch ’04, basketball operations staff assistant, National Basketball Association
  • Kaleb Rodgers ’08, financial representative, Thrivent Financial
  • Gina Verdoorn '05, attorney, Sporer & Flanagan
  • Andrew Rhode ’06, marketing, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Joshua Feala ’06, director of youth ministry, Morning Star Lutheran Church
  • Erica Swisher ’05, research assistant, Senator Tim Johnson
  • Lauren Olsen ’05, accounts payable coordinator, Summit Entertainment
  • Amber Millar-Christensen '01, education manger, Siouxland Heritage Museums
  • Tammy Vigil ’95, assistant professor of communication, Boston University
  • Kristi Peterson '96, national marketing manager, EDCO Products
  • Greg Dankey ’99, director of Consumer Banking, Bank SNB

View a list of job titles for the field of communication studies.