Earn a Communication Degree
Develop communication skills to complement any career choice
Employers desire candidates with strong communication skills meaning communication majors are marketable and successful. Our communication program includes instruction in theoretical and practical approaches to understanding human relationships and public discourse. Students who choose the communication major will refine their oral and written communication skills.
While in this program, you will participate in an internship to help build your resume. Our Catholic college is located in a metropolitan setting, allowing us to use professional communicators to teach some of our courses. Interested in journalism? You have the opportunity to work on a publication whose advisor is a professional journalist at the Wichita Eagle.
VICTOR MURDOCK COMMUNICATIONS SCHOLARSHIP
The Victor Murdock Communications Scholarship was established in 1976 for students at Newman University who are interested in careers in Journalism or Communications. It is funded on an annual basis by the Victor Murdock Foundation and takes into account the financial need of each applicant. It is the desire of Newman University to provide funds that will enable talented students with a financial need to be successful in their pursuit of a college degree.
About Our Communication Program
Bachelor of Art in Communication
This degree focuses on preparing you to communicate effectively in a variety of fields.
- Report for a newspaper or news station as a journalist
- Practice public relations or strategic communication
- Manage social media and advertising campaigns in a marketing firm
- Pursue a career in human resources
While earning your Bachelor of Art in Communication, you can expect to take courses including Oral Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Cross-Cultural Communication, Rhetorical Criticism, and Gender Studies. A complete four-year plan of study can be found here.
MINOR IN JOURNALISM
If you plan to get a Major in Communication, you should consider adding a Minor in Journalism. Communication majors with a journalism background with add strength to your marketability especially if you are set on becoming a writer, documentarian, or work in news. Learn more about the Minor in Journalism.
Minor in Communication
Interested in supporting your major with a Minor in Communication? The required curriculum for a Minor in Communication can be found here, and the required curriculum for a Minor in Business Communication can be found here.
About Our Faculty
Our faculty and staff have the knowledge and experience to help you prepare for a career in communication. If you need clarification on a class assignment or advice on how to approach your future, you can feel confident that our faculty is available and ready to help.
While pursuing a degree in the field of communication, you can expect a promising future.
- National Association of College and Employers
A degree in communication will give you the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and specialties. Here are some examples of potential careers and their median salaries*.
- Author / Writer ($69,130 a year)
- Editor ($64,910 a year)
- Public Relations Specialist ($65,830 a year)
- Reporter or Journalist ($46,560 a year)
* Salaries are based on median wages (professionals with years of experience) in the United States according to 2015 statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Our communication students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience by interning in our Wichita community. Some of our students have interned at the following locations: 93.9 Radio Station, Atomic Billboards, Clear Channel Communication, Intrust Bank Arena, KAKE-TV Channel 10, The Wichita Eagle, Wichita Thunder, Wichita Wingnuts, and the YMCA.
Get Involved on Campus
One of the best ways to find success during your college career is to get involved in campus clubs and organizations. Within our communication program, our students can join the Communication Club and Communications Facebook Club. These organizations allow for personal growth, networking, and future career success.
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Successful Program Outcomes
Success Story — Delaney Hiegert, Class of 2018
Newman student Delaney Hiegert loves to write. Luckily for her, she turned this hobby into a successful career opportunity when she decided to join The Vantage, the Newman University student-produced newspaper. Delaney had been an undecided major, but once she became more involved in the paper, she decided to become a communication major. This only led to more opportunities, as the advisor at Newman helped her to land an internship with the Wichita Eagle. When asked about the experience, Delaney said, “It was really fun. I got to write stories I was interested in. It was a good way to expand my connections and network a little bit.” While her internship came to a close, Delaney was offered a freelancing position that she was able to continue through the school year.
We think our university is great, but don’t just take our word for it. Hear what some of our previous students have to say about their experience.
I love Newman University. The professors have been amazing and I call them my friends."
ELLEN Healy, CLASS OF 2016
I volunteered to write the first semester of my freshman year and it all kind of took off from there. I loved it and realized I didn’t want to stop writing. I like it too much. I declared a communication major and journalism minor because I started writing again and realized it was what I wanted to do.
Delaney HIEgert, Class of 2018
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