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
Our Faculty, Students and Alumni
Adrianne Philion '11
Communications Representative at Give Kids the World
Communication–Public Relations 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.
Jenna McNallie '09
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, West Virginia Wesleyan College
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.
Abby Boggs-Johnson '10
Digital Marketing Strategist at Onsharp
Communication–Public Relations 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.
Andy Campbell '09
Merchant Operations Specialist, Best Buy Co.
Business–Management and Communication Major
Concordia's classes prepared me to function in a corporate retail environment by pushing me to expect the best from myself, communicate clearly, and solve abstract problems. More important than the classes, however, was the overwhelming amount of encouragement and support I received to engage in organizations, groups, and clubs that taught me how to pursue my passions outside the classroom while simultaneously achieving my academic goals. To do both required a high degree of personal responsibility – without that, I wouldn't have been prepared to follow the career path I'm on today.
Christie Gleason '14
Financial Development Coordinator, YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties
Business–Management and Communication Major
During my time at Concordia, I was able to network with a variety of leaders in the community. These opportunities allowed me to create a strong support system with leaders of the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Ali Carlson '17
Communication Studies Major; Film Studies Minor
Concordia has a different atmosphere that is more positive and welcoming. I am able to be involved in a lot of organizations and activities and feel that I am making a difference on campus. The people that I have met here have changed my life.
Jasmine Lara '16
Digital Marketing Intern, Onsharp
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.
Hannah Wehlage '14
Marketing and Public Relations Intern, Actors Theatre of Louisville
Theatre Art and English Major
Concordia pushed me to never give up on my dreams and to reach for the gold. I took a risk and now I have a yearlong internship at a Tony Award-winning Theatre Co. with an international reputation. I am so grateful and can't wait to see where the next step leads!
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 than that. It empowers you to think.
Sean Volk '10
Pursuing Master in Film Studies at Western University, London, Ontario
Communication, Philosophy and Spanish Major
Concordia helped me pursue 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.
Leah (Enger) Arkelin ’09
Lead Stylist for Stitch Fix
Communication–Public Relations & Apparel and 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.
Dr. Kirsten Theye
Communication Studies and Theatre Art
The backbone for most of my classes is ethics and that's something I think that sets us apart from many other communication programs.
Sara Grasmon '10
Manager of Special Events and Promotions for Kansas City Royals
Communication–Public Relations Major; Journalism Minor
As a student, I interned at Video Arts Studios, which involved transcribing video footage and helping compile research. I also interned with the Kansas City T-Bones where my duties included writing daily game notes and recaps, creating stat packs and interacting with broadcasters and members of the media. One project I was able to develop and execute with the T-Bones was a feature story series for the website. This provided me with even more opportunities to hone my writing, and the pieces made excellent additions to my portfolio when I was seeking my first job.
Kelsey Kava '13
Experiential Learning Coordinator, Concordia University Portland
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.
Joel Leeman '13
Social Media Manager 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.
Rosie Sauvageau '10
Project Manager at Brave New Media; Former Miss North Dakota
Communication Studies and Theatre Art & Apparel and 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.
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.