• On-Campus Component
  • Cost
    $441.50 per credit before fees
  • Total Credits
  • Credential
    Undergraduate Degree
  • Application Deadlines
    Spring: December 15; Summer: May 15; Fall: August 1
  • Campus
  • Department
    Liberal Arts and Education

The BS in Communication emphasizes communication theory and practice in the creation, presentation, and evaluation of coherent messages. You can strengthen and develop the writing, presentation, and interpersonal skills you will use every day to communicate effectively with coworkers, clients, and the public.

Choose from three different areas of emphasis to fit your career path. To craft your major that aligns with your career goals, choose the Communication Studies emphasis, or follow a specified track in Writing or Organizational Communication/Public Relations.

All admission materials must be submitted to the Office of Admissions no later than 4:30 p.m. (CST) on the deadlines noted.

Career Outlook

Employers seek to hire graduates with strong communication skills. Graduates in communication will be eligible for jobs in almost any field. They will know how to adapt to changing circumstances and marketplace realities.

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.


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

Organizational Communication/Public Relations

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

Communication Studies

  • Management
  • Political campaign leaders and lobbyists
  • Health management
  • Marketing
  • Publications work
  • Sports information
  • Web site design

Sample Courses

This degree requires 120 total credits, with 63 of those within the major. Here are some courses you might take:

  • COMM 2110 – Communication Technology Trends (3 cr)
  • COMM 3001 – Human Relationships and Leadership (3 cr)
  • COMM 3431 – Persuasion (3 cr)
  • COMM 3704 – Business and Professional Speaking (3 cr)
  • SOC 3001 – Social and Behavioral Science Research Methods (3 cr)

Online Catalog

Transferring Credits

Want to know how your previous college credits will transfer before you apply? Request an unofficial evaluation of your transcripts by one of our professional advisors. Fill out the form below with your major and the semester you'd like to start, and attach your transcripts. Please allow 5–7 business days for your transfer evaluation. UMC accepts all transfer credits that come from a regionally accredited college or university.

Transfer Evaluation Request


Read the descriptions carefully to determine which fees may apply to you.

Students enrolled in 0.5 or more credits at UMC pay a $250 UMC Campus Fee each semester. The Crookston Campus Fee helps to fund technological infrastructure and student academic support including advisors, tutoring, library, career counseling, and accessibility.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for eligible students. Students must fill out the FAFSA form and use code 004069 when applying for financial aid for this program. Contact the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) for additional information:

UMC Financial Aid Office
Phone: 800-862-6466 ext 8569; 218-218-8550
Fax: 218-281-8579
Email: umc-fa@umn.edu