Which will you pick

Bachelor of Arts

  • Communication Studies


  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Sports Communication

I Want to Do THAT!

Major in Communication Studies;
Share Your Story in Our Global, Digital World

You are creative and have a flair for expressing yourself.  Now, you want to take it to the next level.  You want a degree and a University that can build your skills to communicate effectively in a global, digital world.  By majoring in Communication Studies, you will have the versatility to communicate across multiple platforms that are in high demand by today's employers.
If you like public speaking or podcasting, writing and reporting, creating a documentary film, hosting your own radio show or learning how to be an indispensible public relations professional, your Communication Studies major can take you far. And your professional portfolio of print, broadast and digital communication work will help cut through the clutter of the entry-level job market.
Whether you are planning to work in TV news, like Nina Carter (’13) at Fox 23 in Tulsa, working for a major daily newspaper, like Michael Martinez (’12) at the Detroit News, or working for a an online news source, like Ian Thibodeau (’14) at MLive.com, you will develop strong communication skills that allow you to share your ideas across all of today’s media platforms.  And even if you don’t want to work directly in these fields, the skills you learn with your CST degree are applicable to any business.  Just ask people like Alice Arutoff (’11) at Ford Motor Company, Scheherazode Burton (’12) at Quicken Loans, or Cody Grant (’12) at Strategic Staffing Solutions.
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Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Communication Studies

The Communications Studies curriculum deepens your understanding and effectivess of communicaton and communication channels through theory, ethics and direct learning opportunities.

You can tailor your major to fit your interests by choosing a concentration in electronic media, journalism, public relations/advertising or general speech.  In each concentration, you will work on directed projects that enhance your skills and interests. 


Minor in Multimedia Journalism

Minor in Sports Journalism Communication

Bachelor of Arts requirements

Student video produced in
CST4050 (Video Documentary).
You’ll direct, produce, write, edit and star in your own student productions while learning how to communicate to the world in the language of visuals and audio.  While you’re here, you’ll build a quality demo reel/portfolio to showcase your skills to potential employers.  You can take advantage of the great opportunities of studying in a major-market city. 

Our students work as broadcast announcers for NCAA Division I sports on UDM Radio; they gain professional experience through internships at local and national media outletslike WJBK/ Fox 2 News, RadioOne/WCHB AM 1200, WDIV/TV 4, Fox Sports.  You’l have the chance to make connections to help you get started.  Our graduates have gone on to work at radio and TV stations in Detroit and around the country and have worked on award-winning films. 

If you see yourself in the fast-paced, fast-growing field of TV, radio, and film, sign up today for a major in communication studies. 

  • Hone your skills while working with professional-quality HD cameras and editing software. 
  • Take advantage of award-winning student newspaper The Varsity News and UDM Radio. 
  • Learn from caring faculty members who provide you with the expert instruction and individual attention you deserve. 
Are you bright and inquisitive? Do you have a strong sense of independence? Do you enjoy variety in your day and like to be challenged? If so, journalism might be the right career for you. It's a wild, revolutionary time in the media industry but it's full of opportunities for sharp, quick-thinking young journalists.

At UDM, you will write, report, interview, investigate, and create stories that could potentially change the world -- or, at least, a section of it. Your work will appear in print and online with The Varsity News, our campus newspaper, where you can be a leader from day one. We're in a major market, and when you break a story here it will be picked up elsewhere.

You will gain the skills you need, be trained by top working journalists, and make the contacts that will help you prosper. Our journalism program produces journalists who thrive in a multimedia environment. Our alums are working today in Detroit, New York, Washington, San Francisco, and beyond. You can be, too. Let us help you get there.

Public Relations professionals are behind the scenes, but in the middle of the action. Using a variety of media platforms they get the word out about the good things that are happening, the successes and the people in their organization and help steer through the rough waters. The Bureau of Labor statistics is expecting above average job growth in the public relations area, so now is the time to develop your skills.
Internships are available in the University and in local businesses, organizations and non-profit service groups. Build a portfolio of experience before you graduate. Our students have interned at:
UDM Marketing and Public Affairs
  • WJBK/Fox 2 News
  • Olympia Entertainment
  • Karmanos Cancer Institute
  • Allied Advertising and Public Relations
  • Detroit Newspapers
  • UDM Athletic Department—Sports Information.
Attention Employers

If you are interested in providing an internship opportunity, please email
Cynthia Langham at

While internships, externships and other opportunities vary each year, you will have plenty of opportunity to apply what you have learned in class in real-world settings.

Detroit is a great American city on the rise.  Frequently projects include organizations involved with the rebirth of the city.

Our students have gained experience working at:

The Detroit News

Crain's Detroit Business

Strategic Staffing Solutions

Local TV stations

and much more.

All of our alumni have the potential to do great things.  You may have heard of a few of them:

  • Michael Martinez '13, reporter, The Detroit News
  • Nina Carter '13, reporter, Fox 23, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Ian Thibodeau '14, reporter, M.Live.com
  • Curtis Pulliam'14, sports reporter, Ashland (Ohio) Times-Gazette.
  • China Sellers Haley, reporter and anchor, Automotive News.
  • Alice Riley, U.S. recruiting communication coordinator, Ford Motor Company
  • Vito Chirco, social media moderator, Top Cat Sales, a for sports apparel company 
  • Elysia (Khalil) Christine,market research analyst, Oakland County government
  • Joseph MacLean, owner, Click Getter (social media consulting firm)
  • Demitrius Watts, program administrator, FirstMerit Bank
  • Woody Payne, '10, Google Adwords consultant, Arvato, an international digital media support company/consulting firm
  • Keontaye Harris '10, social media coordinator/marketing, Uvalle law firm, PLLC, Dallas, Texas
  • Laura Hawatmeh, '13, student, UDM Law School
  • ReShawn Wilder, '13, customer service agent, Spirit Airlines
  • Michelle Renaud '13, assistant, John F. Martin Photography, Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • Felicia Safford '15, branch manager - Southgate, Huntington Bank

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