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Communication is the cornerstone of all that we are, do, and become. Whether in our jobs or in our personal lives, we rely on communications to affect individuals and society. Communication majors study how humans to create civilized societies, whether in interpersonal interactions, small groups, or large organizations, and through the media and the message we create. Be it with peers, colleagues, or strangers, or through formal or informal methods, effective and efficient practice and understanding of communications relies on the authenticity of experiences and a solid understanding of social and cultural dimensions.

Holy Cross combines both theoretical experience and concrete applications, allowing our students to develop their abilities to articulate ideas, effectively translate ideas and concepts into visual images and sounds, adapt appropriately to a variety of audiences, and critically assess and create messages. We are able to provide a range of opportunities to study and apply different communication methods and media strategies to prepare our students to be successful global citizens.

Program Focus

communicationsThe communications major at Holy Cross will help you explore and develop tools to be persuasive and effective in all forms of communications media. Students who major or minor in communications will study a variety of fields to maximize their career potential. Careers in web design, broadcasting, and journalism are all possible with a communications degree from Holy Cross. Some of the communications emphases at Holy Cross include:

  • Communication Studies
    Organizational, Intercultural, Interpersonal, Verbal and Nonverbal Communications
  • Advertising / Public Relations
    Strategic Business Communications
  • Film and Media Studies
    Video Production / Screenwriting / Media Ethics
  • Journalism / Broadcasting

Major and Minor Requirements


Kristina Barroso Burrell, J.D.
Campus and External Communications
Adjunct Professor

Karen Heisler
Adjunct Professor

Ellen Kyes
Adjunct Professor

Chad Deitchley
Adjunct Professor

Stanley Garber
Adjunct Professor

Career Paths


Watch this short video produced by the faculty and students to find out more about our program.

Practical Lessons

Practical Lessons in SuccessSuccessful business entrepreneurs and accomplished speakers share their secrets every semester in the Practical Lessons in Success series. Holy Cross College President Brother John Paige, C.S.C., says, “The knowledge that successful businessmen and women share during these programs are invaluable tools not only for our students, but the community at large. All of us can grow and benefit from their stories of achievement.”

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All seminars are free and open to the public and followed by a reception on campus. Click here for the archive videos of the past speakers.

Department Contact

Tom Burzycki
Chair, Business and Communications