In the CSTA department, you’ll have research opportunities throughout your undergraduate experience. In fact, we teach a research class where 100 percent of submitted papers are accepted to conferences across the country. As a CSTA major or minor, you’ll leave with a well-versed understanding of communication, theatre, media and film.
Speech & Debate
As 17-time Minnesota state speech champions, Concordia’s forensics team placed 15th in the nation in 2013 and frequently places among the top 20.Learn More
The film studies minor is perfect for students who love to watch and discuss films, right alongside professors who love the same thing.Learn More
Study Communication Abroad
Theatre in Europe
Dr. Jennifer Thomas ('96) is leading the European Theatre May Seminar. This amazing experience will begin in Greece, the birthplace of theatre and end up in London to see the modern hits of the stage. This group will travel with the Communication Studies seminar led by Hank Tkachuk.
Living and Relating in London and Edinburgh
Spend spring break in London and Edinburgh with professors Stephanie Ahlfeldt and Cindy Larson-Casselton, applying what you have learned in COM 312: Interpersonal Communication.
Our Faculty, Students and Alumni
Sean Volk '10
Pursuing Master in Film Studies at Western University, London, Ontario
Communication, Philosophy and Spanish Major
Concordia helped me purse my passions. Because of the freedom in the curriculum, I was able to explore my love of film across multiple disciplines, and my studies took me outside the classroom to Europe and Africa. Faculty, staff and my fellow Cobbers encouraged me to follow my interests and aspire for more.
Dr. Kirsten Theye
Assistant Professor, CSTA
The backbone for most of my classes is ethics and that's something I think that sets us apart from many other communication programs.
Leah (Enger) Arkelin ’09
General Manager of Hollister at Ernst August Galerie, in Hannover, Germany
Communication and Apparel & Design Major; Studio Art Minor
The transferrable skills of communication, public speaking, time management, organization, and problem solving are all part of running a global business. These were all skills I honed through my studies and experiences at Concordia.
Abby Boggs-Johnson '10
Digital Marketing Strategist at Onsharp
Communication and Spanish Major
Aside from having a one-of-a-kind resource in the expert faculty of the department, the array of topics and class settings coupled with the liberal learning approach taught me to take projects and tasks from unique perspectives and angles. Beyond graduation I’ve been able to apply those skills and that approach to my professional work and relationships, which has allowed me to be a more open-minded, creative, and strategic thinker.
Kelsey Kava '13
Development & Community Manager, These Numbers Have Faces, Portland, OR
Concordia defined my future. The experiences I had, the relationships I continue to have, the countries I traveled to, and the classes I took all brought me to this moment. I still have plenty of questions about my future, but Concordia provided enough clarity so that those questions aren't scary at all. Instead, they're exciting.
Jenna McNallie '09
Pursuing Ph.D. in interpersonal communication, Purdue University
Communication and English Education Major
My professors at Concordia prepared me for where am today by first encouraging me to pursue a graduate degree and by nurturing my interests. I learned not only how to evaluate research, but how to write research articles and conduct research.
Adrianne Philion '11
Special Events Coordinator, The Walt Disney Company
Communication (Public Relation) Major; Business Minor
Concordia taught me to be a real team player, to know when to ask for help/support, how to strive for the larger goal and to stay organized. Here at Walt Disney World we have more than 60,000 cast members, and it takes every one of us to work together to create magic for our guests.
Rosie Sauvageau '10
Former Miss North Dakota, Musician
CSTA and Apparel & Design Major
Concordia helped engage me in the human process of appreciating everyone's story and learning to bind them to my own. I owe much of who I am to Concordia and the support they showed throughout this journey.
Joel Leeman '13
Digital Coordinator, Digital & Social Media at Thomson Reuters
Communication Major; Music Minor
My time at Concordia taught me about working with and communicating with others in a clear and effective way, all the while being a decent human being.
Jasmine Lara '16
Communication (Public Relation) Major; Art Minor
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My professors are beyond willing to help me be successful, whether it be rearranging due dates to help accommodate my schedule or being available when I have those "I don't know what to do with my life!" moments and I'm at a total loss. The relationships I've built with my professors have exceeded my expectations and I cannot wait to get further into the department to see what else they have to offer for me.
Heather McDougall '06
Communication and Political Science Major
A liberal arts education is really valuable — you don't just go to school to get a job. There is much more to education that that. It empowers you to think.
Ever wanted to be on TV? Participate in Concordia On-Air, the student-produced weekly news show. Broadcast live on Wednesday evenings, On-Air is recorded in the television studio on campus and offers valuable experience in the world of television.
For more information about joining On-Air, contact Greg Carlson or Don Rice in the CSTA department.