Communication Studies Major Overview
We live in a communication oriented society. Never before has there been such a demand for leaders and professionals with advanced communication skills and knowledge.
Competence in communication is fundamental to success in many professions such as human resources and public relations, organizational management, sales, conflict resolution and negotiation, government and politics, law, teaching, media and the entertainment industry.
The Northwest University communication studies program provides the student with the knowledge and skills needed to fulfill his or her calling to serve Christ in communication related professions. The major is designed for aspiring servant leaders who seek to integrate their faith with their communication skills, creative abilities and appreciation of the arts and social sciences.
But, apart from the value of developing skills for future employment, the major also helps students improve their relationships and personal quality of life. Becoming an effective communicator is a process that touches every area of our lives — both at home and at work and helps to unlock a life time of learning.
The program gives students the freedom to tailor courses to meet their personal and career interests. After completing the core courses, students choose one of four concentrations for focused study: Communication in the Workplace, Dramatic Studies, Media & Society,and Human Communication.
In the Communication Studies Program, students develop:
1. Writing and Speaking Skills. Students develop the ability to use language effectively, to speak well, and to express ideas clearly and with ease to large and small audiences.
2. Critical Thinking and Creativity. Students learn to think and express ideas creatively and analytically.
3. Message Design and Analysis. Students gain skills to interpret and critically evaluate messages, texts, and performances and to utilize this knowledge to develop their ability to persuade others and enact change.
4. Group Dynamics. Students learn leadership and supportive skills that foster cooperation, practical problem-solving, and teamwork among members of groups.
5. Interpersonal Skills. Students enhance interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen, to understand and to accept people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The student will understand the importance of verbal and nonverbal communication in expressing cognitive and affective meaning.
6. Career Preparation. Students explore their strengths and skills in preparation for communication-related careers through coursework, internships, and community involvement.