Communication is the study of "how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts [..]" (NCA: At the University of Dubuque, your studies will take you into the world of organizational communication, public relations, and media studies. You will leave ready to build a career in various jobs and industries.

Making a Difference Through the Study of Communication
Students and faculty at UD are active in the local community and in the field of communication. Their work contributes to the advancement of communication theory. They have identified issues, developed curriculum, and contributed to research.

Degree Distinctive


  • Optimizing your career prospects with a full-semester internship in your area of interest with a local or national organization



Career Opportunities

A bachelor's degree in communication provides students with the skills they need to thrive in a variety of professional settings such as for-profit business, non-profit advocacy, higher education, political campaigns, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Their positions within these settings are equally varied, including social media specialists, event planners, public relations advisors, grant writers, development directors, community coordinators, campaign managers, broadcasters, attorneys, and educators.

Students graduating with a communication degree from the University of Dubuque are prepared not only to enter the workforce directly, but also to continue their education in graduate-level study in communication.

Communication Faculty/Staff

Michelle Grace

Michelle GraceAssociate Professor of Communication; Communication Department Internship Coordinator.

Phone: 563.589.3204 Department: Communication Office: 308 Van Vliet Hall


  • EdD, National Louis University
  • MAC, University of Dubuque
  • BBA, Loras College
Sue Ann Marino

Sue Ann MarinoAssistant Professor of Communication; Director of Speech Communication.

Phone: 563.589.3641 Department: Communication Office: 306 Van Vliet Hall


  • MA, DePaul University
  • BA, University of Iowa
Jenn Supple

Jenn SuppleAssociate Professor of Communication

Phone: 563.589.3411 Department: Communication Office: 312 Van Vliet Hall


  • EdD, National Louis University
  • MA, University of Northern Iowa
  • BFA, Drake University
Franklin Nii Yartey

Franklin Nii YarteyCommunication Department Head; Professor of Communication

Phone: 563.589.3181 Department: Communication Office: 310 Van Vliet Hall


  • PhD, Bowling Green State University
  • MA, Indiana State University
  • BA, Northwestern College