In a time when people are bombarded with messages, our world needs professional communicators who bring meaning and clarity to complex situations.

Major Roadmap

Major Roadmap

Explore your options — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future. 

Communication Major Guide

As a Communication major, you’ll begin by studying the principles of communication, but you’ll also become adept at applying them — so you can take your skills to a Fortune 500 company, fledgling nonprofit or buzzing startup.

And Austin is the perfect place to be a Communication major. Our students intern at places like Livestrong, Margin Walker Presents (a boutique concert promotions agency) and the Austin Film Society.

What do our graduates do?

Communication majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.

  • Launched a growing nonprofit for hearing and vision screenings
  • Landed the prestigious Alfred Fleishman Diversity Fellowship at FleishmanHillard
  • Won an Emmy Award for coverage of a Pittsburgh water main break that grew into a water crisis
  • Become a technical writer at leading employment search engine (and Austin company) Indeed
  • Been named director of marketing and communications for a Bay Area nonprofit
  • Gone on to become a broker for a real estate investment firm

For more information on the Communication major, please contact sking1 [at] stedwards.edu (Stephen A. King), chair of the Department of Communication

Unfiltered: My Last Semester

Unfiltered: My Last Semester

Go behind the scenes with Communication major Patricia Medina ’19 as she graduates from St. Edward’s and begins her career as a creative specialist at GoDaddy.

The Classroom and Beyond

In addition to taking classes that include hands-on projects and interning at Austin organizations, you can get involved with a wide range of student media. 

Experiential Education

Your Communication classes will incorporate active learning so you can practice applying your major to real-life situations.

  • In Public Relations for Nonprofit Organizations, you’ll learn the public relations process by creating your own project for an Austin client.
  • In Communication and Popular Culture, you’ll analyze a pop-culture event occurring in the Austin community.
  • In Rhetoric of Public Memory, you’ll study monuments and memorials around campus and around Austin. You’ll analyze what they communicate about the population’s values and power structure.

SEU to You 

Listen as professors in the Department of Communication share information about their Fall 2020 courses in our mini-podcast series.

Student Organizations

Get involved with student productions in whatever medium interests you most.

  • Hilltop Views, the weekly student newspaper, is published both in print and online. Student journalists report news from the campus and greater Austin community. You can get involved as early as your freshman year as a writer, editor, photographer or designer.
  • Sorin Oak Review is a literary magazine that showcases the poetry, prose and artwork of St. Edward’s students. Working on the editorial staff is a great way to gain experience in project management and the practical details of putting together a publication.
  • Arete is a student-produced academic journal that publishes student-written research, nonfiction essays and commentary. Editors choose from among the dozens of submissions to create a cohesive journal that represents a variety of perspectives.
  • New Literati publishes both creative and academic work.
  • B. Hooved is the student humor journal, inspired by our Hilltopper goat mascot.
  • Topper Radio is the student-run radio station.
  • Topper Studios is the digital media club. Members are involved in creating podcasts, YouTube channels, short films, music videos and comedy sketches, and helping their fellow students produce digital content. Students in Topper Studios also frequently make promotional videos for other clubs at St. Edward’s.

The Digital Media Center in the Munday Library is a resource for creating your own content and learning new skills. Here, you can produce and edit videos, podcasts and visual design projects with the help of your fellow students. The lab is equipped with top-of-the-line computers running the latest software including the Adobe Creative Suite. It also has a group editing/podcasting room, a green screen room and a “whisper room” used for voiceovers. If you are skilled at software, hardware repair, graphic design or video editing, you can apply to work in the lab as a digital media specialist. 

Internships

Every Communication major completes at least one internship on or off campus. You’ll apply your skills, build professional experience and try on a potential career at settings like these: 

  • Hahn Public Communications
  • Livestrong
  • The Austin Film Society
  • Margin Walker Presents—an independent concert promotions agency based in Austin, Texas.
  • KXAN-TV