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Department of Communication

Communication Studies

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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.

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 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.

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What will I learn?

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

Careers in communication studies

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in communication studies.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Corporate sales
  • Management
  • Human resources
  • Advertising and promotions
  • Labor relations
  • Public relations
  • Customer service
  • Training and development
  • Creative directing
  • Public opinion research
  • Editing, writing and publishing
  • Fundraising and event planning
  • Public speaking
  • Speech and copywriting
  • Program coordination
  • Campaigning

Who employs people with this degree?

  • TV and cable companies
  • Radio Stations
  • Online/Print Publishers
  • Professional organizations and associations
  • Advertising agencies
  • Small, medium, and large-sized corporations
  • Federal, state, & local governments
  • Businesses & trade associations
  • Colleges, universities & schools
  • Non-profit & special interest groups
  • Public relations & advertising firms
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Any company that has an internal communications function
  • Any company that needs to present and maintain a company image to the public
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of Communication studies graduates found employment

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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

Preparing for a Career

College graduation rates continue to increase each year making competition for jobs even greater. Set yourself apart from the crowd with the following strategies for getting started, networking, and gaining experience.

Strategies for success:

  • If you are looking for jobs within for-profit settings, consider taking business courses or even minoring in Business Administration.
  • Most work places expect you to have a basic understanding of Microsoft Excel and Access Database; for this reason it may be wise to take “Introduction to Databases and Spreadsheets”.
  • Communication Studies is a broad degree that can lead to job opportunities in many different fields. Skills and experiences gained through co-curricular activities, internships, part-time jobs, and volunteering are critical in shaping a career path.
  • Develop a career goal and seek the right background to become a strong candidate.
  • Explore specializations within professional fields. Select electives to enhance knowledge in area(s) of interest or find a minor that will add value

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