Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Communication
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Your Communication Degree Can Lead to Many Outcomes

The four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Program at the University of Mary prepares students for working in any of the multiple fields of communications, while providing a liberal arts foundation. The field of communications provides something for everyone. From students with strong writing and research skills to students with a creative eye and a knack for the technical, all will find a home here. Students complete a core of required communication courses, then focus on one of three distinct tracks of study.

Communication Major Tracks

Business Communication

Every business has its own story and a position. You will learn how to craft effective messages that reinforce the goals of the organization and be brand storytellers. Our classes in marketing and business communication have a strong communications core that equips students to thrive in any business setting.

Media Production

Prepare to work in the creation of media in a variety of formats, such as, broadcast, TV, film, photography, graphic design, and creative writing. Coursework focuses on aesthetic style but also on effective messaging in different types of media.

Public Relations

Public relations professionals are those who share an organization’s position on brand, communicate in crisis communication scenarios and react to current events and topics. Through this track, you will become equipped with the skills and knowledge to be an ethical, professional public relations leader.


Communication Major Program Highlights

Students in the Communication major program have the opportunity to gain real-life experience as they learn from knowledgeable professors. Classes are offered at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, allowing students to benefit from:

  1. Senior Internship

    During the last semester of senior year, students participate in a semester-long internship. This internship, along with the corresponding senior seminar, provides 12 upper-level credits toward graduation. Internships are selected by the internship director with input from students.

  2. Real-World Experience

    Classroom learning merges with professional experience as students work on nonprofit public relations campaigns, produce videos for University organizations, and learn to broadcast live events from the on-campus BEK Broadcast Studios.

  3. Values-Based Education

    Everything students learn in the Communication degree program is taught from the perspectives of our Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values.

The field of communications is involved in every employment sector today. Companies are seeking professionals who can clearly communicate to audiences through multiple media, adapt to new technologies, and have the ability to work as valuable members of a team.

Graduates with bachelor’s degrees in Communication can pursue careers as marketing managers, writers, public information officers, graphic design specialists, video producers, TV broadcasting, filmmakers, public relations managers, photographer, human resource directors, and more.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in media and communication careers is projected to grow six percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for media and communication occupations is expected to arise from the need to create, edit, translate, and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms.

What you can do with a communications degree also includes employment of audio and visual equipment technicians which is projected to grow 14 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Audio and video equipment is in demand in many buildings, where technicians set up new equipment or upgrade and maintain old, complex systems. More companies are increasing their video budgets so they can use video conferencing to reduce travel costs and communicate worldwide with their other offices and clients.

Unique opportunities abound for Communication students at the University of Mary. Opportunities include developing non-profit public relations campaigns, producing videos for various University organizations and departments, broadcasts from the UMary/BEK TV Studio, and even the production of films. All this is part of the approach of a curriculum that merges classroom learning with professional experience.

Core Classes: Introduction to Communication, Introduction to Narrative, Writing for the Media, Media & Society, Visual Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Design & Layout, Studio Production, Communication Theory, Communication Leadership, an Internship, and a Seminar.


Students choose one of three specialized tracks:

Business Communication

Classes include Accounting, Marketing, Principles of Advertising, Organizational Communication, Business Communication, and a Communication elective.


Media Production

Classes include Introduction to Photography, Introduction to Film, Mass Communication History and Theory, and Video Field and Postproduction, as well as a Communication Professional Elective, a Communication Production Elective, and a Communication Elective.


Public Relations

Classes include Principles of Advertising, Public Relations, Public Relations Writing, Public Relations Campaigns, an Advanced Oral Communication Elective, a Communication Professional/Production Elective, and a Communication Elective.

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified whether you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.

At the University of Mary, we understand that financing your education can seem like a confusing experience. We strive to make the experience as seamless and affordable as possible through a variety of scholarships and financial aid packages.

We welcome you to contact us in admissions to learn more about your options. We’ll connect you with a financial aid counselor who can answer your questions.

Professor Marek Dojs, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Communication
Office: Welder 178
Phone: (701) 355-8091
Email: [email protected]  


Professor Chris Franz
Instructor of Communication
Office: Welder 143
Phone: (701) 355-3703
Email: [email protected]  


Professor Amy Hollar
Assistant Professor of Communication
Office: Welder 165
Phone: (701) 355-8328
Email: [email protected]   


Dr. Nita Ritzke
Associate Professor of Communication
Office: Welder 167
Phone: (701) 355-8182
Email: [email protected]

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