School of Arts & Sciences
The Communication Department is comprised of the Mass Communication and Speech Communication programs. Faculty provide excellent instruction and facilitate hands-on experience to prepare students for a future in communication-related industries.
Mass Communication students may choose to complete the combined major/minor degree program, allowing completion of additional coursework in specific area(s) of interest.
Speech Communication comprises half of the Speech and Theatre degree program. Theatre is housed in the Fine Arts Department. The faculty of these two areas work closely together to offer this combined degree.
Tamara Brown, Chair
Assistant Professor of Speech
Vinson Hall 110
Jordan Green, Blackwell, Oklahoma
May 2023 Graduate
"The Northwestern mass communication program has been the best journalistic training and proving grounds a college student could ask for. The professors here have helped me become a well-rounded journalist by improving my writing, editing, graphic design, videography, strategic communication and interpersonal communication skills. These are essential to everything I do on a daily basis. I’ve used all of these tools working for various newspapers, magazines and online news outlets."
The Communication Department offers the following programs.
Bachelor of Science, Mass Communication - major/minor
Bachelor of Science, Mass Communication - major
Bachelor of Arts, Speech and Theatre - partial requirements for combined major
Minor coursework, Mass Communication
Minor coursework, Speech Communication
For course requirements and descriptions, as well as other details, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.
Degree Planning Resources
Plans of Study
Scholarship opportunities are available for students of the Communication Department. Students who are active in our mass communication program may apply for program-specific scholarships. In addition, honor and memorial scholarships are awarded to the program’s outstanding students each academic year.
Use the Mass Communication Program Scholarship Application Form to apply for foundation/departmental scholarships by February 15.
Departmental scholarships available in this area and more can be found at https://ournorthwestern.org/make-an-investment/scholarships, including numerous miscellaneous unspecified scholarships.
Current students have until March 15 for academic scholarships using the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.
All incoming freshmen or transfers are encouraged to fill out their respective scholarship forms: Freshman Scholarship or Transfer Scholarship, which should be submitted along with the Application for Admission to the University. The incoming freshman deadline is May 15, while the transfer student deadline is July 15.
Students also should complete the FAFSA form at www.studentaid.gov.
For more information, please visit Scholarships.