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Communication Studies

Communication Studies is applied communication for public and private life. It takes theory into practice in every area of life, from business and industry to family and friendship.

As a Communication Studies major, you "build your own" degree in consultation with the Undergraduate Directors to design a program of study tailored to meet your professional and personal goals.

Career Fields


  • Civil or corporate law practice
  • Attorney specializing in criminal law
  • Trial lawyer in a large or small firm
  • Paralegal
  • State government agencies and offices (e.g., State Attorney General office)
  • Federal government agencies that make and enforce regulations (e.g, EPA, Civil Rights Office, Immigration)
  • Law enforcement (e.g., Federal Marshall, FBI, Homeland Security)

Strategies: Join Pre-Law Society at Duquesne; meet with pre-law advisor in the Political Science department; apply for government internships; research the Duquesne post-graduate paralegal certificate program


  • Political campaign manager (national, state and local candidates)
  • Speech writer for campaigns and elected officials
  • Staffer for elected public official (e.g., Congress, State Legislator, Governor, Mayor)
  • Political party staff (National, State and local)
  • Interest groups seeking legislation at state and national levels

Strategies: Become active in public and community programs; search DuqCareerLink for posted PA internships in Harrisburg; play leadership roles  in student political organizations and political party groups (e. g., Young Republicans, Young Democrats); volunteer and/or work  part-time job in political campaign; volunteer in advocacy programs and action groups (e.g., Human Rights, Green  Energy).


  • Non-governmental organization ( NGO) (e.g.,  World Vision, Drs without Borders)
  • Private foundations
  • Lobbyists
  • Action groups
  • Charitable organizations
  • Community organizer

Strategies: Take on leadership role in on-campus advocacy groups (e.g., Animal Welfare Group; Lambda; Amizade); research organizations on the Internet to determine focal interests; do an internship with an advocacy group; become active in local advocacy groups and chapters of national and/or international groups.

Non-Profit Development

  •  Development Director for charity or foundation
  • Alumni Fund-raising for a university
  • Grant-writing
  • Foundation relations
  • Fundraising event planner
  • Social networking in marketing non-profit

Strategies: gGain experience marketing and fundraising for campus organizations;  volunteer as a fundraiser for local charities and groups; intern at event planning firm; develop a strong portfolio of writing; take courses and gain experience in writing for the Internet; volunteer to develop materials for community and non-profit organizations; work with college magazines, radio and TV.

Public and Community Relations

  • Copywriter of press releases and statements in public relations firm
  • Risk and crisis communication for a company or organization
  • Media director for legislative representative or political campaign
  • Consumer affairs departments of government agencies

Strategies: Intern in PR firms and ad agencies; attend the Job and Internship Fair every semester; write copy for promotions and PR of student organizations;  develop excellent communication and diplomatic skills; perfect your public speaking and writing skills; join and take leadership roles in student organizations; attend the regular government and the non-profit  job and internship fairs sponsored by Duquesne.

Public and Consumer Affairs

  • Government agencies (federal, state, local)
  • Corporate government relations departments
  • Tourism councils and chambers of commerce
  • Community affairs for professional, sports, and charitable organizations
  • World affairs, political and non-governmental organizations
  • Researcher for legislators or community action committees

Strategies:  intern with government agencies; participate in community action groups; volunteer in political campaigns in publicity areas; consider a minor or take coursework in Political Science or International Relations; work for election campaigns or legislators; develop strong presentation and persuasion skills; build excellent writing and communication skills in a variety of media.