Undergraduate Programs


Communication skills taught in our program help you become a more dynamic and persuasive leader.

Communication studies curriculum explores the role of communication in society and encourages the development of skills in speaking, listening, critical thinking, problem solving, research and technology-guided communication. 


Communication Studies: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

The B.A. in communication studies approaches the discipline from a humanistic perspective, whereas the B.S. encourages a social-scientific perspective towards research.

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Communication Studies: B.A./B.S. with Secondary Education Certification

For a teaching major in communication studies, complete the communications studies degree along with the appropriate teaching certification courses.

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Four-Year Program Guides

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Speech and Debate participates in parliamentary debate and all 11 American Forensic Association (AFA) individual events.

  • Our students are actively researching and presenting at local and national conferences, in innovative areas of interest to them.

  • The PC, located in ID Weeks Library 134A, is dedicated to the production and refinement of oral presentation delivered in classrooms and other settings on campus. The PC is a resource for both undergraduate and graduate students, to assist with formal and informal presentations. 

After Graduation

Our graduates are successful in these and other challenging careers.

Potential Careers

  • Attorney
  • Educational Specialist
  • Assoc. Account Executive
  • Director of Life Enrichment
  • Production Coordinator
  • Marketing/Communication Director
  • Executive Director
  • Associate Attorney
  • Real Estate Agent

Recent Employers

  • Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck, ND
  • Great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Lawrence & Schiller, Yankton, SD
  • Woodland Heights Assisted Living, Portland OR
  • Craft & Associates, Inc., Sioux Falls, SD
  • Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Regional Technical Education Center, Yankton, SD
  • Myers Billion, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Move4Free Realty, LLC, VA
Success Stories

Success Stories

I saw USD as the university that would offer me many opportunities to grow and better myself. Erin Rasmussen, 2012 Graduate