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Adult Undergraduate

Communication Studies

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Adult Undergraduate
125 credits
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Learn the theory and practice of effective and ethical communication as it applies to industry and relationships. The communication studies program explores concepts of communication and will help you develop skills in critical thinking, writing, speaking, research, technology, conflict resolution, mediation, and public relations.
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Why do communications studies at Northwestern?

Our knowledgeable Christian professors have real-world experience as communication professionals and will equip you with the skills employers are looking for, such as teamwork, critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills. They will help you develop strong writing and speaking skills that will serve you well throughout your professional and personal life.

At Northwestern, you will apply Christ-centered values and ethics to situations in a variety of work settings, develop expertise in understanding how people communicate across different contexts, cultures, channels, and media, and gain knowledge of research methods to support communication initiatives.

This degree is taught in a blended format both online and on campus. It can be completed in as little as 18 - 22 months. This degree provides foundational skills, not only for jobs in the communication field, but also for roles in other sectors such as healthcare, financial services, government, nonprofits, and more.

If you have an interest in written and verbal communication, enjoy creating persuasive messages, and are interested in a career that offers the flexibility to work in any industry, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will develop critical thinking skills and learn to communicate messages effectively.

Some classes include:

  • Advanced Speaking and Presentations
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Technology and Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Public Relations Principles and Writing


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In the adult program, my professors are very knowledgeable. Most are adjunct faculty; it's nice to have professors that work in the field and share real-life experiences.

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