Communication


Bachelor of Arts

Major, Minor
School of Arts and Sciences
4-Year Degree

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The Communication Program at Westminster College

Through hands-on, immersive projects, communication students study a wide range of topics, including public relations, graphic design, journalism, and technical writing. You’ll learn theoretical principles that you can transform into practical skills, creating professional-quality work to add to your portfolio. Every project provides another opportunity to approach communication from a new perspective, exploring diverse perspectives as a way to create meaningful connections across cultures. By the time you graduate, you’ll understand how to communicate effectively and confidently.

The communication program offers challenging, hands-on classes taught by faculty with expertise in professional communication, journalism, graphic design, mass media law and ethics, and branding. In class, you’ll learn to communicate in many different ways, studying everything from traditional media to digital communication. You can focus your studies on the area you find most interesting, while exploring your passions through internships and community-engaged learning with real-world clients.

Communication students may consider taking part in Westminster’s student news source, The Forum. Additionally, communication faculty provide tips for helpful student resources and information on internships as well as examples of portfolios Westminster communication students have put together.

Who the Communication Program Is For

We like to say that the communication program is ideal for practical people seeking creativity and creative people seeking practicality. Our classes balance theoretical study with hands-on creative challenges, so whether you see yourself investigating stories for the New York Times, consulting clients on SEO strategy, or designing logos for your next big rebrand, you’ll graduate with the skills you need to pursue what you love.

What You'll Learn in the Communication Program 

  • Develop writing and editing skills applicable to various communication professions
  • Learn basic layout and design principles and use a broad range of industry-standard software applications in applying those principles to the production of quality communication pieces for print and electronic media
  • Learn to effectively present skills, interests, accomplishments, and abilities to prospective employers or clients
  • Demonstrate appropriate attitudes, skills, and techniques essential for working as a team member and a leader
  • Analyze and evaluate the historical, legal, and ethical contexts within which communication professionals operate

sample Communication courses

  • COMM-210: Media Writing I
  • COMM-240: Media and Society
  • COMM-312: Creative Non-Fiction
  • COMM-336: Public Relations Principles

 

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Our Faculty

Matthew Baker, Ph.D
associate professor

Christy Seifert, Ph.D
Professor

Erin Coleman Serrano
associate Professor

Kim Zarkin, Ph.D
Professor

 

related programs

The program can also be taken as a minor, which is a great addition to a degree in political science or marketing.

 

potential communication careers

  • Social media manager
  • Graphic designer
  • Marketing manager
  • Copywriter
  • Public relations specialist
  • Content strategist
  • Publisher
  • Editor
  • Brand manager
  • Journalist
  • SEO specialist
  • Event planner

 

"I want my students to learn that we need to be more intentional about our process, be mindful of what we are doing, and apologize when we are wrong."

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Erin Coleman, assistant professor of communication

Communication Career Opportunities

Communication is a versatile degree, preparing you for a successful career in just about any field. Graduates of the program have gone on to work in corporate and government communication, public affairs, advertising, public relations, event planning, technical and freelance writing, website design and management, graphic design, nonprofit work, and journalism. Other students have chosen to continue their education in graduate or law school.

What Are the Key Benefits of the Communication Program?

  • Earn credit toward your degree by participating in internships with local, national, and international organizations.
  • Work on our campus media team, writing articles and producing podcasts for The Forum.
  • Establish your professional brand by creating a robust portfolio of academic and professional work.
  • Develop close relationships with your professors who provide individualized mentoring both in and out of the classroom.

Communication Program Plan of Study

You’ll start by taking introductory-level courses, including Media Writing, Media and Society, and Introduction to Human Communication. As you move through the program, you’ll take classes in Business and Professional Writing, Organizational Communication, Design and User Experience, and Communication Law and Ethics. Throughout the program, you’ll have opportunities to customize your experience by choosing an area of concentration, participating in internships, and taking electives ranging from Public Relations Principles to Multimedia Image Production or Advanced Photography. To complete your degree, you’ll participate in a senior portfolio class with the rest of your cohort.

Concentrations

Multimedia

Dive into the world of graphic design, photography, web design, and video production.

Public Relations

Study the principles of public relations, advertising, communication theory and persuasion, and intercultural and global communication.

Professional Writing

Cultivate your writing know-how in classes focused on creative nonfiction, business writing, professional writing, and technical writing.

Liberal Education Courses

You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.

Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

Westminster College knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

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You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.

In addition to general merit scholarships, other scholarship programs are available to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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Your tuition, fully paid

All students should have the ability to explore their passions. Westminster College is proud to cover the cost of tuition for qualifying students through the Westminster Commitment.

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