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.

News & Events

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COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT HOSTS FILM CHALLENGE

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High School Filmmakers Prepare for Second Annual Film Challenge

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New Institute of Film

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SOUTHWESTERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY HOSTS FILM FESTIVAL

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KJRN RADIO STATION BREAKS GROUND ON NEW ANTENNA

Lionshead Film Festival Win

Communication Class Wins at Lionshead Film Festival

Programs

Communication (B.S.), Journalism Emphasis

Southwestern Adventist University’s Communication Department offers three emphasis areas of study: 1) Advertising & Public Relations, 2) Journalism, and 3) Radio-TV-Film. Our department prepares students to be effective Christian communicators. This includes developing skills in personal interaction, writing, creating media content, and managing the elements of communication technology. In addition, students will learn about the newest forms of convergence and interaction in the areas of radio, television, film, journalism, advertising, and public relations, including photography and social media. Communication majors receive hands-on experience in our Mac Lab as well as our radio and television stations.

Communication (B.S.), Advertising and Public Relations Emphasis

Southwestern Adventist University’s Communication Department offers three emphasis areas of study: 1) Advertising & Public Relations, 2) Journalism, and 3) Radio-TV-Film. Our department prepares students to be effective Christian communicators. This includes developing skills in personal interaction, writing, creating media content, and managing the elements of communication technology. In addition, students will learn about the newest forms of convergence and interaction in the areas of radio, television, film, journalism, advertising, and public relations, including photography and social media. Communication majors receive hands-on experience in our Mac Lab as well as our radio and television stations.

Communication (B.S.), Radio-TV-Film Emphasis

Southwestern Adventist University’s Communication Department offers three emphasis areas of study: 1) Advertising & Public Relations, 2) Journalism, and 3) Radio-TV-Film. Our department prepares students to be effective Christian communicators. This includes developing skills in personal interaction, writing, creating media content, and managing the elements of communication technology. In addition, students will learn about the newest forms of convergence and interaction in the areas of radio, television, film, journalism, advertising, and public relations, including photography and social media. Communication majors receive hands-on experience in our Mac Lab as well as our radio and television stations. 

Communication (B.A.), Journalism Emphasis

Southwestern Adventist University’s Communication Department offers three emphasis areas of study: 1) Advertising & Public Relations, 2) Journalism, and 3) Radio-TV-Film. Our department prepares students to be effective Christian communicators. This includes developing skills in personal interaction, writing, creating media content, and managing the elements of communication technology. In addition, students will learn about the newest forms of convergence and interaction in the areas of radio, television, film, journalism, advertising, and public relations, including photography and social media. Communication majors receive hands-on experience in our Mac Lab as well as our radio and television stations.

Communication (B.A.), Advertising and Public Relations Emphasis

Southwestern Adventist University’s Communication Department offers three emphasis areas of study: 1) Advertising & Public Relations, 2) Journalism, and 3) Radio-TV-Film. Our department prepares students to be effective Christian communicators. This includes developing skills in personal interaction, writing, creating media content, and managing the elements of communication technology. In addition, students will learn about the newest forms of convergence and interaction in the areas of radio, television, film, journalism, advertising, and public relations, including photography and social media. Communication majors receive hands-on experience in our Mac Lab as well as our radio and television stations.

Communication (B.A.), Radio-TV-Film Emphasis

Southwestern Adventist University’s Communication Department offers three emphasis areas of study: 1) Advertising & Public Relations, 2) Journalism, and 3) Radio-TV-Film. Our department prepares students to be effective Christian communicators. This includes developing skills in personal interaction, writing, creating media content, and managing the elements of communication technology. In addition, students will learn about the newest forms of convergence and interaction in the areas of radio, television, film, journalism, advertising, and public relations, including photography and social media. Communication majors receive hands-on experience in our Mac Lab as well as our radio and television stations.

Your Future

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.

 

Sample Job Titles

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

35%
Communication graduates earn 35% more than the national average.

Students & Alumni

From SWAU to the Union Office

"I considered going to another more prestigiously named university..."

New Film Institute

Communication department starts Christian Film Institute...

Student Interns with the Oscars

"I thought working in the film industry was just a dream..."

Faculty Profiles

Kyle Portbury, MA

Communication
Associate Professor
(817) 202-6765

Glendal Robinson, PhD

Communication
Professor
(817) 202-6715

Mike Agee, MA

Communication
Associate Professor/Department Chair
(817) 202-6788

Alison Hill, MA

Records Office
Assistant Director
(817) 202-6205

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