Communications

Imagine this: Having a career doing the things you love – and getting paid for it! We live in the Information Age. Never before have so many opportunities existed for writers, artists and filmmakers to build careers doing the things they love. If you are interested in a communications career in electronic media, graphic arts, journalism, public relations, television, radio or film, then Friends University and our Communications program is the place for you.

A Unique Program
At Friends University, you can create an academic program tailored for your interests. Communications majors choose a field of emphasis – publications, journalism/public relations or media studies – while retaining the option to select classes from any of the other three areas as well. They also participate in professional internships at graphic arts studios, public relations firms, newspapers, television and radio stations, and the communications departments at a variety of area businesses and industries. There are also some internships available right here on campus. Internships are an integral and required part of the Communications major and are rewarding, career-building experiences. An internship in a relevant career field can help students better gauge their skills and desires, make valuable contacts, and even consider new options. We pride ourselves on getting students connected with employers and giving them a hands-on learning experience in addition to the course work offered on our beautiful campus.

The Career Track Possibilities

Journalism and Public Relations
Do you love to write? Are you curious about your surroundings? Your community? Your nation? The Journalism and Public Relations track teaches students how to make these skills and interests work for them. Our students gain real-life experience working for an award-winning online student newspaper, The Crimson Chronicle. In addition, students participate in a wide-ranging variety of internships at area newspapers, broadcast stations, nonprofit organizations and businesses. Merit-based performance scholarships and paid staff positions are available for working on the newspaper.

Media Studies
The Media Studies track prepares students for careers in television, film or radio production environments. In addition to the core of communications classes, students take classes in broadcast and media production, movie making, and 3-D computer animation. In this emphasis, students learn about scriptwriting, storyboarding, scene design, stage makeup, video photography and postproduction editing. Students have the opportunity to write, perform in and produce a variety of short projects using contemporary computer and digital technology. Students gain real-life experience with a junior or senior year off-campus internship at local and regional radio and television broadcast stations.

Publications
As human beings, we are surrounded by graphic design. Businesses rely on graphic designers to help us access and make sense of the massive amount of information available. As visual communicators, graphic designers learn to use their design skills, writing skills, technical skills and research skills to help people make informed decisions. At Friends University, the Publications track prepares students for careers in a wide range of publishing environments such as desktop publishing, commercial printing, newspaper, advertising, prepress technical work, graphic design, marketing, public relations and interactive multimedia production. Students gain real-life publication experience working with the staff of the University’s yearbook, The Talisman, and with the completion of a junior or senior year off-campus internship, which is an excellent way to explore a career and make new contacts while also gaining valuable work experience and professional insight.

Need more information? Request information now to learn more about the Communications bachelor's degree available at Friends University. You can also contact the Admissions Office at 316-295-5100 or learn@friends.edu.