Communication

If you are intrigued by the communication habits of people—especially the stories they tell and the meanings they create—the communication major may be perfect for you. Studying communication will give you the opportunity to learn how to communicate effectively and ethically in order to maximize your relationships and careers in a global society. Furthermore, the skills and knowledge you gain will prepare you for the technologically accelerated development of communication in today's society.

Degrees Offered See the program-specific requirements. (PDF)

Bachelor of Arts in CommunicationMinor in CommunicationMinor in Business Communication
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"After earning my masters in communication, I found myself creating an educational environment where others could allow their major to find them just as the field of communication found me."

~ Kateri Mintie, Senior Information Technology Trainer for the Kansas State Department of Education

Prominent Careers

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers 2013 survey, the top three qualities sought in employees were:

  • Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization
  • Ability to work in a team structure
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems.  

The Newman University communication major enhances our graduates ability to exercise these skills through coursework in Professional Presentations, Business and Professional Writing, Small Group Communication, and Organizational Communication.

Communications students from Newman University have completed internships at many widely known organizations including the following:

  • 93.9 Radio Station
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Atomic Billboards
  • Catholic Charities
  • Cessna Aircraft Manufacturing
  • Children's Miracle Network
  • Clear Channel Communication
  • Cohlmia Marketing
  • Down Set Hit Music
  • Entercom Communication
  • Express Clothing Store
  • Evolution FC-Youth Soccer League
  • Gear Connexion
  • Genesis Health Clubs
  • KAKE TV Channel 10
  • Kansas Masonic Home
  • KNSS radio
  • KZSN 102.1 Radio
  • Martin & Pringle Law Firm
  • Museum of World Treasures
  • Northwestern Financial Mutual
  • Office for Sedgwick County District Attorney
  • Starkey 
  • Steve Rasmussen Photography
  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Three Pea Interiors
  • Tiempos Newspaper
  • United Way of the Plains
  • United States Air Force
  • University Relations-Newman University
  • Wichita Thunder
  • Wichita Wingnuts
  • Winfield Recreation Commission
  • YMCA

 

A sample of occupations pursued by communication majors includes the following:

  • Corporate Trainer
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Fundraiser
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Journalist
  • Legislative Press Secretary
  • Lobbyist
  • Public Relations Coordinator
  • Marketing and Promotions Director
  • Sales and Advertising Executive
  • Special Events Director

Additionally, many communication majors go on to graduate study in business, communication studies, law, media, pastoral ministry and other fields.

More Information

Each college class blends presentation of theory with application of skills. Teaching methods include conventional class lecture, in-class practicum, oral rehearsals, games, oral and vocal exercises, relaxation techniques, videos, DVDs and Internet technology, videotaping, group and classroom discussion, individual practice, critiques and/or guest speakers. Additionally, out-of-classroom exercises or opportunities for communication experiences or research may be utilized.

Curriculum

The curriculum includes instruction in oral and written communication skills, plus the study of theory and its application. You gain practical work experience through cooperative education, preparing you for careers in a variety of contexts.

Research opportunities

Each communication major is required to gain practical internship experience in the field through cooperative education.

Additional information

Communication studies is a diverse academic discipline that includes the study of Mass Communication, Group Communication, Organizational Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Journalism, and Rhetorical Criticism.