Department of Communication

It's an exciting time to be in the communications field.

The media and communications industry needs young professionals who are energized by change and can communicate clearly and powerfully through multiple forms of communication.

  • Do you eagerly check the news for the latest updates?
  • Does creating animation excite you?
  • Do you dream about becoming an event planner?
  • Do you want to produce your own film or radio show? 

Whether it is on stage or online, behind a microphone or in front of a camera, we want to help you get there. Learn about our 7 majors!


Why Study at Northwestern?

Prepare for a changing media world.
Gain hands-on experience in a variety of disciplines: public relations, journalism, radio, film, theatre, social media, animation, event planning, and more.

Learn to speak powerfully and write convincingly while utilizing the industry’s most modern and effective communication technologies. 

Combine academic preparation and hands-on experience.
Enjoy the best of both worlds in a diverse program that teaches communication theory as well as technical and hands-on production in every area. 

Integrating ministry with life
Because your workplace is your ministry, there are endless places in which you can share God's love and be salt and light. That is why we prepare you for all areas of life.

Faculty with real-world experience

  • Learn Public Relations from a PR professional whose background includes public and private leadership.

  • Learn Radio broadcasting from a major market radio personality.

  • Study Journalism from an award-winning journalist with 20 years of experience. 

Get to know our Communication professors.

Student Opportunities:

Explore a variety of fun opportunities to channel your communication skills:


Contact us


Melissa Clutter
Communication Department Assistant

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Support System

"The support system I have with professors, friends and coworkers from Northwestern has been helpful as I've moved into my career.

The things I learned at UNW about my career and about my spiritual life are being practiced and lived out every day." 
Kenny King ’10, Electronic Media Communication grad, News Anchor at KAAL TV in Rochester/Austin, Minnesota.

"Professors at Northwestern encourage me to succeed. As a result I had a social media internship last summer, and then did another research assistant internship. My student position at the UNW Center for Calling & Career has given me an understanding of internal communication and organizing events."
– Isabelle Faletti ’14, Public Relations major

What interesting classes might I take?
  • Investigative Reporting
  • Gender and Family Communication
  • Global Communication
  • Mass Media and Society
  • Persuasion
  • Religion Writing
  • Acting I
  • Directing


What can I do with this major?
  • Communications Consultant
  • Copywriter
  • Creative Director
  • Event Planner
  • Media Analyst
  • Organizational administrator
  • Public Opinion Researcher
  • Professor of Communication
  • Speech Writer