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Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

If you’re looking to excel in the field of communication, a communication major can set you up for success. With NNU’s Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of interpersonal, small group and public communication. This program provides a solid foundation to excel in many industries, from honing your writing skills to mastering public speaking.

Communication majors learn the tools and skills necessary to excel in interpersonal communication, public speaking, corporate communication, verbal communication, technical communication and more.
  • Pursue a career as a communication specialist in the public or private sector
  • Personalized to your area of greatest interest, including business, ministry, marketing or psychology
  • Work closely with faculty mentors

Discover Your Potential with a Communication Major

Are you ready to unlock your potential and become an effective communicator? NNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Communication is designed to provide students with flexibility and a diverse skill set. With a combination of core courses and student-selected electives, you can prepare for a career in various industries and sectors, from business and teaching to ministry and non-profit organizations. Imagine having the ability to influence communication processes and use media effectively to get your message across. Let NNU help you discover your potential and become a communication practitioner in your chosen field.

About Communication BA

Are you ready to unlock your potential and become an effective communicator? NNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Communication is designed to provide students with flexibility and a diverse skill set. With a combination of core courses and student-selected electives, you can prepare for a career in various industries and sectors, from business and teaching to ministry and non-profit organizations. Imagine having the ability to influence communication processes and use media effectively to get your message across. Let NNU help you discover your potential and become a communication practitioner in your chosen field.

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About Communication BS

A Bachelor of Science in Communication prepares you for career opportunities as a communication specialist in organizations, corporations and public service. Additionally, the degree allows you to specialize in research as you prepare for graduate studies or law school.

The BS in Communication provides an understanding of communication processes with an emphasis on how communication affects relationships across societal contexts. You will gain an understanding of the processes of human communication which shape relationships, groups and organizations; persuade and entertain individuals; and that influence public opinion, media use, attitude and behavioral change. There is a strong focus on research and theory. You can use this training to assume leadership positions in non-profit, government, and industry sectors as well as prepare for law school, graduate work or professions with a strong research emphasis.

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Bachelor of Arts

 Bachelor of Science

Offered On-Campus

The Benefits of Studying Communication at NNU

  • Prepare for your career of choice with a flexible curriculum in communication studies
  • Receive tailored guidance from faculty mentors to aid in career exploration
  • Expand your potential job prospects by mastering skills applicable to multiple disciplines
  • Gain confidence and practice communication effectiveness in groups or organizations
  • Utilize emerging communication technologies and the latest media tools to maximize success in any business, ministry or non-profit setting
  • Access to small class sizes and personalized instruction
  • Develop the writing, interpersonal communication and critical thinking skills you need to succeed in today’s job market

Our Goals for Communication Majors

  • Gain an understanding of communication from a Christian worldview
  • Make a lasting impact in business, ministry, non-profit and other settings through influence over communication processes
  • Discover your voice, potential and the courage to share it
  • Master the art of communication and become an effective communicator in both professional and personal settings
  • Grow in your faith and find your purpose with our comprehensive academic, spiritual and practical curriculum

Additional Info About Our Communication Program

Why Study Communication at NNU?
Communication is a vital part of our daily lives, and the communication major at NNU provides students with exceptional skills in various forms of communication. The program’s focus on public speaking, persuasion and interpersonal and group communication aims to equip students with practical communication skills necessary for success in different professional settings, from writing advertising campaigns to crisis communication. The major helps students to refine their critical thinking and writing skills.

NNU communication graduates have pursued careers as speechwriters, educators, human resources specialists and more. The program also prepares students for graduate studies while providing a Christ-centered perspective, ensuring the University’s values align with their career goals. If you plan to take communication as a major, NNU equips you with the necessary skills to become an authentic, ethical and effective communicator in interpersonal, group and organizational settings.

Our Approach
At NNU, we have a unique approach combining academic scholarship and faith integration. Our goal is to help you become a well-rounded Christian scholar who can positively impact the world.

Our academic programs provide you with excellent classroom instruction as well as practical assignments that are specifically designed to prepare you for your chosen career. In addition, our faculty are dedicated to helping you grow as an individual student. They are gifted scholars and teachers who care about your development and provide mentorship every step of the way. By participating in academic clubs, attending conferences and securing internships, you can apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations.

We believe that this well-rounded approach helps our students succeed in their careers and lead fulfilling lives.

students walking across campus. From a customer service representative to studying communication theory, communication degrees set you up for success in your chosen career.

Career Paths for Communication Majors

A communication degree offers undergraduate students a versatile and promising career path. With honed writing, public speaking and digital media skills, graduates can excel in diverse roles such as journalism, marketing and public relations. From content strategist to social media manager, the opportunities for communication graduates are exciting and varied.

Media and Communication Occupations

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Meet Our Faculty

I learned how in-depth and diverse a communication major is, and how it has improved my ability to perceive and interact with others. Majoring in communication will not tie you to one specific field of study that may limit you from other disciplines; it will give you a head start in any job that you pursue as you apply what you learned to a specific setting.

Tori Hensley

BA Communications

Frequently Asked Questions About Pursuing a Communication Degree at NNU

Are you considering a communication degree at NNU? Our dedicated advisors will support you in achieving your career goals. From course requirements to internships, we’ll guide you every step of the way. Join us to pursue your passions and unlock your full potential in the exciting field of communications!

How will a communication degree help me in my career after graduation?

Imagine stepping into the professional world with a powerful tool – the ability to communicate effectively. At Northwest Nazarene University, our Bachelor of Arts in Communication program equips you with this tool and more, setting you up for success in your chosen career.

Effective communication is more than just conveying ideas. It’s about building relationships, fostering collaborations and sparking change. Visualize yourself as a bridge, connecting people and ideas and making a difference in your workplace.

In addition to honing your communication skills, our program cultivates your critical thinking abilities. Picture yourself analyzing and interpreting information, navigating complex situations and making informed decisions. These skills are not just valuable; they’re vital in fields such as journalism, public relations and advertising.

Our curriculum also offers a deep dive into media and culture. Imagine understanding society’s pulse, decoding media’s impact and leveraging this knowledge in careers related to media production, social media management and digital marketing.

But we don’t just teach theory. We believe in learning by doing. Our program provides opportunities for internships and hands-on experiences, allowing you to test your skills in real-world settings. Envision yourself enhancing your resume, networking with professionals and gaining a competitive edge.

A communication degree from NNU doesn’t just prepare you for a job. It equips you with skills and experiences that can propel your career, regardless of your chosen field.

What resources does NNU provide to help support communication majors?
At Northwest Nazarene University, we believe in nurturing our students’ journeys with a wealth of resources designed to support their academic and personal growth. As a communication major at NNU, you will be embraced by a community committed to your success.

Picture yourself delving into our comprehensive library resources, where a world of knowledge awaits your exploration. Imagine accessing an array of books, journals and digital materials that spark your curiosity and deepen your understanding of communication theories and practices.

Our faculty also offers mentorship, guiding you every step of the way. Imagine yourself in a classroom with professors who are experts and mentors, passionate about your holistic growth and dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

Our Career Development Center is another valuable resource at your disposal. Here, you can explore career paths, receive guidance on resume writing and interview techniques and connect with potential employers. Gain a competitive edge as you prepare to step into the professional world.

We believe in learning beyond the classroom. Our strong industry connections open doors to internships and experiential learning opportunities. Imagine applying your classroom knowledge in real-world settings, networking with professionals and gaining practical experience.

At NNU, you’re not just a student but part of a warm, supportive community. Whether you need academic advice, personal counseling or spiritual guidance, rest assured that you’ll find the help you need here. NNU provides a nurturing environment with resources tailored to support your journey toward a bachelor’s degree in communication.

What career paths are available for communication majors?

Embarking on a journey as a communication major at Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) opens doors to a multitude of dynamic career paths. Envision your future, shaped by the transformative power of communication.

  • Step into the bustling world of journalism, where you bring stories to life, give voice to the voiceless and shape public opinion. Your ability to communicate effectively could be the beacon that guides society.
  • Visualize yourself in public relations, building bridges between organizations and their audiences. Your persuasive communication skills could foster trust, create positive brand images and drive organizational success.
  • Thrive in advertising, where creativity meets strategy. Your knack for crafting compelling messages could influence consumer behavior, drive sales and fuel business growth.
  • You could also delve into the digital realm, managing social media platforms or designing impactful digital marketing campaigns. Be the driving force behind viral content, engaging online communities and enhancing brand visibility in the digital landscape.
  • Corporate communications could be where you ensure smooth internal communication, manage crises and uphold your organization’s reputation, keeping all stakeholders informed and engaged.

Our holistic curriculum and experiential learning opportunities at NNU equip you with the skills and knowledge for these careers. We prepare you for a world where effective communication is key, regardless of your industry or role. A communication degree from NNU is a passport to a world with exciting career possibilities.

What student support options does NNU offer?

At Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), we believe that every student’s journey is unique and precious. That’s why we’ve woven a tapestry of support services designed to nurture your academic, physical and spiritual well-being as a communication major.

The Center for Academic Success & Advising is where you can access resources and guidance to excel academically. Picture the satisfaction of conquering challenging coursework with the assistance of dedicated advisors eager to help you succeed.

Safety is paramount at NNU. Our vigilant Campus Safety office works tirelessly to create a secure environment where you can focus on your studies without worry. Envision yourself studying, socializing and exploring your passions in a community that values your safety and peace of mind.

We also understand the importance of maintaining a healthy body and mind. Our Wellness Center is a sanctuary where you can seek services to support your physical and mental well-being. Access a range of health services on campus, committed to keeping you vibrant and energetic.

We offer support for your spiritual life as well. Envision yourself growing spiritually within our supportive, faith-based community, guided by resources on our Spiritual Life page.
At NNU, you’re more than a student; you’re part of a caring, supportive family that nurtures your holistic growth.