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Department of Communication

Communication Studies


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

Inform and shape perceptions and behavior with effective communication through a broad range of channels. Learn the power of relationships and leadership built on truth and ethics. The communication studies degree prepares you with foundational communication principles and relational communication skills for a wide variety of careers that involve communicating, leading, and training people.

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of Communication studies graduates found employment

92%

of Northwestern’s communication studies graduates felt professionally prepared by their education

99%

of seniors grew in their relationship with God during their time at Northwestern

Why do communication studies at Northwestern?

Get hands-on experience in film, television, radio, newspaper, and photojournalism. Our experienced professors teach from a biblical worldview, approaching communication with truth, ethics, and an attitude of service.

Our students work with faculty members to conduct practical research. Recently, students assisted faculty in researching social media and gender and racial equality in communication.

You will complete two internships in this major, which provides an opportunity for real-world application as you build your professional network in the field. With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving business and communication industries.

If you are motivated, want to help organizations reach the rest of the world with persuasive messages, and want the ability to share the gospel across the globe, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will gain strong written and verbal communication skills and learn to convey persuasive messages in a clear and concise manner.

Some classes include:

  • Communication Theory
  • Business Communication
  • Advanced Organizational Communication
  • Mass Media and Society
  • Advanced Public Speaking and Speech Writing

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Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your faith while you earn your degree.


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Jacqueline Glenny, Ed.D.

Professor of Communication

Jacqueline Glenny has taught at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul for over 20 years. She has a...

Eric Netterlund

Assistant Professor of Communication

Eric Netterlund has 7 years of experience teaching Communication Studies courses. Before coming to...

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Department of Communication

Mel Johnson Media Center, MJ171
2993 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55113

651-631-5315

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