Southwestern’s Communication program offers three emphases--radio/television/film,advertising/public relations, and journalism--with a focus on hands-on practical experience and multi-platform training. The department features faculty with close to five decades of award-winning real-world experience in book and magazine publishing, public relations, radio broadcasting and film production. Students can expect to be hands-on from their first day of class, with a strong emphasis on internships and an even stronger promise of a bright career.
The communication job market is very broad. Just a few positions Southwestern communication graduates have held include hospital vice president, graphic artist, television producer, newspaper editor, radio station manager, photographer, public relations director, television news reporter, and author. Our graduates who have gone on to graduate school have done so very successfully, entering careers in law, business, and pastoral ministry.
The job outlook in the broad communication field is very bright. More companies are hiring, and students aren’t just finding good opportunities, some are weighing multiple offers. Internships often turn into full-time positions.
Although this will vary widely by region and position, the most notable salary improvement in recent years is for grads with degrees in business or communication. Both groups are seeing a 2.2 percent annual salary uptick thus far. According to aol.com online, this salary improvement is ahead of computer sciences, education, engineering, health sciences, humanities/social sciences, and math & sciences.
Most entry-level positions in the many fields of communication may be obtained with an undergraduate degree. However, a graduate degree in communication will often provide career advantages.