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Communication Studies

Inform the World

Bachelor of Arts (BA) 

Join the communications revolution.

Everyday something shifts in the world of communications. New technology, social media, mobile devices and analytics are changing the way we communicate at a staggering speed. Being able to navigate the forces that shape news, advertising and other media makes you highly marketable.

At Kansas Wesleyan University, you will receive a liberal arts education that will develop your creative and analytical skills so you can adapt to this fast-paced world. Through your Communications major, you will study communications theory and learn to apply it through campus media opportunities and internships in the Salina community.

Your education will be augmented, too, by the mentoring you receive from KWU faculty, who will help you develop your intellectual and professional skills.

Minor Options

  • Communication Studies
  • Speech 
  • Theatre 

Why study Communications at KWU? Because the medium is your mind.

As a Communication Studies major, you will not only have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with the latest equipment and software, you will develop the creative and analytical skills necessary to adapt as technology and communication channels change, so that you can maintain your skills throughout your career.

  • Acquire professional skills working in KWU’s state-of-the-art, student-run radio station, KKWU.
  • Hone your news- and feature-writing ability and your editorial skills working for the print and online editions of KWU’s student newspaper, The Advance or The Coyote yearbook.
  • Get hands-on video equipment experience by getting involved in KWU’s online broadcast channel.
  • Complete a required internship doing sports reporting for a Kansas TV station, writing for a marketing company, handling social media for a nonprofit organization or reporting for a radio station.
  • Become proficient using the Adobe Creative Suite in KWU’s Mac lab.

What can I do with a Communications degree from Kansas Wesleyan University? Inform the world.

Recent Communications graduates are managing KWU’s art gallery, working as a team leader at Frito Lay in Texas, managing a storm-tracking company, teaching at-risk kids in Los Angeles, attending graduate school and law school.

Study theory and practice in these Communication Studies classes

  • Introduction to Media Writing
  • Human Communication
  • Audio and Video Reporting and Anchoring
  • Publications—News
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Media Law and Ethics

Communications Program Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts is to prepare students (I) ethically, (II) personally, (III) socially, and (IV) academically for the ever changing world of digital media, theatre and rhetorical arts.

Program Goals

Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in Communications should be able to:

  • Design appropriate communication skills across various settings, purposes, and audiences
  • Build and maintain healthy and effective relationships with peers
  • Use technology to communicate effectively in various settings and contexts
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the conceptual, ethical, historical, legal, and theoretical perspectives that inform the communication field

Prospective Students

What will majoring in Communications be like?

  • You will have an opportunity to host your own radio show with the student-run radio station, KKWU
  • You will be able to use your skills to be a part of KWU's yearbook or newspaper staff
  • You will gain access to our state of the art media lab
  • You will be required in your classes to create work for "real" clients
  • You will be required to do an internship in your field of study