TYPE: Concentration
DEPARTMENT: Communicating Arts Department

LOCATION: On-Campus/Online
4-YEAR PATHWAY SAMPLE: Graduate in 4 Years

General Description

The Communication Concentration is an excellent option for students who want to make themselves more successful in their personal, social, and professional worlds.  Offered both on campus and online, communication is a terrific option to help make you more employable or more attractive to potential employers. In fact, in national surveys, employers rank communication skills at the very top! Every job requires communication. Improving your communication skills can improve your performance and your job satisfaction, and can even help you communicate in challenging situations and with difficult people. In both the communication major and minor, you will take classes that examine important understandings and skills including:

  • Relationships with friends, family and coworkers
  • Communication in groups, teams and organizations
  • Communication between and across cultures
  • Understanding persuasion, media and our own media use
  • Leadership in organizations
  • Successfully managing conflict   
  • Communicating about our climate crisis

A communication major or minor goes together perfectly with any and every major and minor on campus. Also, advisors in Communication faculty are skilled communicators themselves, and make outstanding advisors, for all the reasons listed above.  

See the list below for actual positions held by our alumni. And for even more information about careers and opportunities within the field of Communication, visit The National Communication Association’s website, and discover what others have gone on to do with their degree in Communication. 

The Communicating Arts: Communication Concentration and Communication Minor programs are available both on campus or fully online through UW-Superior's Online Learning program.

Program Outcomes

Through a concentration or minor in communication at UW-Superior, you will:

  • Explore how communication powerfully shapes our everyday personal and professional lives, including how we form and negotiate relationships in groups, organizations, communities and cultures.
  • Be prepared to participate creatively and analytically in our ever-changing world.
  • Understand the range of consequences and uses for communication methods and styles, and gain a theoretical toolbox with perspective and applied frameworks for interpersonal communication skills, relevant to virtually any profession.
  • Grasp the intricacies of communicating within and between groups, cultures, genders and individuals. Learn how to apply communication theories to improve communication performance in public, personal, persuasive, and media contexts.
  • Use research methods to understand the complex ways communication shapes our lives and examine the interconnected relationship between theory and method.

Including a balance of theory and practice, a communication concentration within the Communicating Arts major at UW-Superior will provide you with opportunities to complete internships within the community and an individualized senior capstone experience.

Career Opportunities

A Communication Concentration or Minor will open doors to many different professional career options in media, theatre, education, the nonprofit sector and private business.

Explore career opportunities:

  • Communication specialist
  • Human resources specialist
  • Social media coordinator
  • Editorial assistant
  • Content writer
  • Academic advisor
  • Admissions counselor
  • Intercultural communications specialist
  • Nonprofit fundraiser
  • Web editor
  • Lobbying and advocacy
  • Leadership and Management
  • Project Manager/Coordinator

Accolades and Awards for our Online Degree

  • Recognized  as one of the best online communication programs in the country, most recently by Accredited  Colleges Online (ASO)  2016.
  • Recognized as 2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Social Science Degrees by the SR Education Group.
  • Recognized  as one of the best online communication programs in the country, most recently by Affordable Colleges Online (ACO), October 2018.
  • Recognized by Great Value Colleges as #20 in the top most affordable online degrees, 2018 and 2019.

See what else some of our graduates are doing with their major or minor in the communicating arts:

  • Community and Cultural Director    
  • Sales Manager    
  • Human Resources Manager   
  • Pee Wee Football Coach  
  • After School Program Director  
  • City Parks Outreach Coordinator    
  • Health Clinic Manager   
  • Mayor   
  • Local Late Night TV host
  • Legislative Affairs


  • Legislative Assistant
  • Arts administrator
  • College recruiter
  • Nonprofit organization director
  • Health services manager
  • Theatre technical director
  • Newspaper reporter or editor
  • Student activities director
  • Graduate Student   
  • Store Manager


Did You Know?

  • You can gain experience through a variety of campus organizations such as the Yellowjacket Activities Crew, University Advancement and the student newspaper.
  • The Center for Community Engaged Learning  offers a variety of internship opportunities for students.
  • The Communicating Arts Department offers a Study Away in Ghana opportunity for Communicating Arts Elective Credits.
  • Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center houses two theatres, a scene workshop, a television studio and media lab and studios for the Wisconsin Public Radio station (KUWS 91.3).


  • Since a young age I’ve been interested in aquatics and aquatic ecosystems. The scholarship support I receive puts me at ease and helps me work towards my goals. I hope to be able to give back to students working towards their goals one day with a scholarship. Read more.
  • Class of: 2014
    It was rewarding to put my experience from being a student employee and taking what I have learned in the classroom and putting that into action. Read more.
  • Class of: 2012
    I enjoy finding new music and acts and sharing them with our listeners, that's why I created the 9 O'clock Meltdown. Read more.
  • First Year at UWS: 2010
    I've taken advantage of a lot of opportunities to grow as an intellectual and an academic. Read more.
  • Class of: 2019
    I learned that if you need help or assistance, never be scared of asking because the instructors are always there to help and listen. Read more.

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