The Department emphasizes two areas of study, Interpersonal Communication and Public Communication. The program promotes the growth of and knowledge about communication and its uses to achieve individual, group, and societal goals. Students explore the functions, processes, channels, and influences of communication. They work to acquire proficiency in critical analysis, social scientific and humanistic research methods, argumentation, and oral written presentation.


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Learning Outcomes

All courses offered in the Department will focus on helping students attain the following learning outcomes, knowledge, skills and competencies. After attaining a B.A. in Communication Studies at UNLV, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the Communication discipline and its central questions.
  2. Engage in Communication inquiry, research, analysis, and evaluation.
  3. Utilize ethical Communication skills and principles to define, evaluate, and influence public discourse and real-world problems.
  4. Apply research-based arguments and advocacy skills to influence public discourse.
  5. Prepare and deliver messages that are appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context, in order to accomplish communicative goals such as sharing information, completing tasks, and solving problems.
  6. Use communication to embrace difference and diversity and to function effectively in diverse groups.

Career Possibilities

Some careers our graduates have include: brand specialist, campaign director, client specialist, community affairs liaison, consumer or market researcher, development & fundraising officer, information specialist, legislative staffer, lobbyist, press secretary, recruitment officer, speech writer, technical writer, and training consultant. Several pursue a Communication Studies Master of Arts degree becoming grant writers, communication professors, lawyers, negotiation or conflict mediators, and entrepreneurs.


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Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies


Department of Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies’ mission is to help students, members of the Las Vegas community, and citizens from all walks of life develop healthy interpersonal relationships, manage small groups and organizations, speak with knowledge and confidence, critically evaluate and present complex data, and ensure the development of sound public policy.


Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs is committed to creating contemporary solutions for resilient communities. Its academic programs focus on effective public policymaking, creating support structures to meet behavioral and mental health challenges, ensuring cities are safe and prepared to meet emergency situations, effective and ethical journalism, and interpersonal and public communication strategies.