Electronic Media Communication Major

Do you want to work in the TV, film, radio or recording arts industry?

The electronic media communication (EMC) major helps students develop practical skills in the fields of broadcasting and electronic media. Students learn by using top of the line equipment and software that will have them familiar with current media technology.

University of Northwestern has a legacy of using broadcast technology for ministry, and students will develop a critical understanding of electronic media and its relationship to faith in the world. 

Students discuss being part of award-winning WVOE and its state-of-the-art facilities.


Four tracks of study

  • Recording Arts
  • Radio Production
  • Film Production
  • Video Production


Sundance Film Festival: A Northwestern First!

Professor Ann Sorenson and six film students will be making a first ever Northwestern appearance at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in January. For one week Sorenson and her students will be screening upcoming films and joining five other university groups every morning to participate in the Windrider Forum, a gathering of Christian filmmakers and students focused on faith-based discussion and learning.

Get LIVE UPDATES from our Sundance blog

Five16Film Festival hits an all-time high

Named for Matthew 5:16, the Five16 Film Festival showcases the work of UNW student filmmakers in the categories of comedy, drama, music video and animation. Students' films are judged by Northwestern faculty, alumni, and film professionals from around the country.

Watch the 2013 award-winning student films at  youtube.com/five16film festival and see the red carpet photos on Facebook!

WVOE receives NRB college radio station of the year award

For the third year in a row, WVOE received NRB top honors when it was given the college radio station of the year award, an incredible honor which is presented to an outstanding student -operated radio station in which professional involvement must have been limited to advising and teaching students how to operate the station.

UNW Students Win Big at NRB Convention The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) has announced the winners in the 2014 Student Production Competition and Electronic Media Communication majors won NINE iNRB awards including TWO first place production awards. Collectively, UNW students won more awards than any other college by nearly 2-1.

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Students Speak

“I enjoy my Electronic Media Communication major because I like keeping up with all the technological changes that are happening and you can't beat the awesome professors we have here at UNW!”

Derek – Ham Lake, Minnesota

What classes might I take?

  • Announcing
  • Business of Media Management
  • Media Ministries
  • Radio Production
  • Single Camera Production
  • Screenwriting
  • Story Structure
  • Television News

What can I do with this major?

  • Television Anchor
  • Announcer
  • Art/Creative Director
  • Filmmaker
  • News Producer
  • News Reporter
  • Post-Production/Editor
  • Producer
  • Sportscaster
  • Videographer
  • Web Communications Coordinator

What are grads doing?

Anchors/reporters at TV news stations, managing or hosting programs at many radio stations around the country, working on film sets, making their own movies and running their own production companies.