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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 Requirements

Complete Communications Major Requirements

Sample of Classes Required In Major

Required Courses Must take all of the following: Credits
COMM 310 Nonverbal Communication 3
COMM 330 Intercultural Communications 3
COMM 350 Organizational Communications 3
COMM 410 Strategic Business Communications 3
COMM 415 Media/Communication Ethics 3
COMM 496 Communication Theory/Research 3
Must take 4 of the following:
COMM 205 Introduction to Mass Communications 3
COMM 220 Introduction to Public Relations 3
COMM 315 Writing for Media 3
COMM 320 Journalism I: Editing Theory & Processes 3
COMM 325 Journalism/News Writing for Internet, TV and Radio 3
COMM 331 Marketing Management 3
COMM 335 Persuasion 3
COMM 340 Survey/Electronic Media 3
COMM 341 Consumer Behavior 3
Total required for major 30

Must also take 57 core curriculum credits.
Must also take 33 open elective credits.

Minor Requirements

Complete Communications Minor Requirements

Sample of Classes Required In Minor

Required Courses Must take all of the following: Credits
COMM 101 Public Speaking 3
COMM 102 Interpersonal Communication 3
Must take two of the following:
COMM 310 Nonverbal Communication 3
COMM 320 Editing Theory & Processes 3
COMM 330 Intercultural Communications 3
COMM 350 Organizational Communications 3
COMM 415 Media/Communication Ethics 3
Total required for minor 18

Must also take 6 concentrated electives credits


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