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.

Job Outlook

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.

Earnings

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. 

Educational Qualifications

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.

Curriculum Guide. To view general education requirements for this major, please visit the catalog

Careers

Communication is a broad field with many new jobs being created every year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists more career opportunities for communication graduates than any other field. In addition to the media world, graduates find communication assisting them in careers in government, healthcare, law, business and many other fields.

 

Professions

  • Reporter
  • Editor
  • Writer
  • Public Relations Director
  • Advertising Executive
  • Radio Station Manager
  • Radio Announcer
  • Video Editor
  • Filmmaker
  • TV Producer
  • Development Director

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Communication graduates earn 35% more than the national average.

Faculty Profiles

Glendal Robinson, PhD

Communication
Professor
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Mike Agee, MA

Communication
Associate Professor/Department Chair
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David Pollock, MA

Communication
Adjunct Faculty
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