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

Communication Program

The four-year Communication Bachelor’s Degree Program at the University of Mary prepares students for multiple fields of communication, while providing a liberal arts foundation. Communication provides something for everyone. Students with strong writing and research skills to students with a creative eye and a knack for the technical will all 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. Students 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

Students are prepared 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. Students are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be ethical, professional public relations leaders.

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 towards 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 program is taught from the perspectives of Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values.

Why a Communication Degree?

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

Graduates with bachelor 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 of media and communication careers are 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. 

Employment of audio and visual equipment technicians 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 other offices and clients.




Unique opportunities are 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, Internship, Seminar.

Students choose one of three specialized tracks:

Business Communication

  • Classes include Accounting, Marketing, Principles of Advertising, Organizational Communication, Business Communication, Communication Elective. 

Media Production

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

Public Relations

  • Classes include Principles of Advertising, Public Relations, Public Relations Writing, Public Relations Campaigns, Advanced Oral Communication Elective, Communication Professional/Production Elective, 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 that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.

Professor Marek Dojs, M.FA.

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]