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
Sami McGuire, Backus, Minnesota,
2018 Mass Communication Graduate
*Rodeo Team Participant
The Communication Department offers the following:
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.
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.
All incoming freshmen or transfers are encouraged to fill out their respective scholarship forms: Freshman Scholarship or Transfer Scholarship along with the Application for Admission to the University. The incoming freshman deadline is May 15, while the transfer student deadline is July 15.
Current students have until March 15 for academic scholarships using the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.
For departmental scholarships you will need to fill out a form provided by the department chair 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.
Students in this department also may qualify for participation scholarships of up to $2,000.
For more information, please visit Scholarships.
Departmental Program Highlights
- Gain knowledge and skills in multiple areas including broadcast, print journalism, and strategic communication
- Use industry standard equipment and software in our on-campus studios and newsroom
- Complete internships that offer additional learning experiences and opportunities to network
- Enjoy supportive relationships with faculty and peers
- Work one-on-one with faculty and in group settings with peers
- Apply for participation and/or memorial scholarships specifically for students active in the mass communication program and student media
- Work for our student media in paid student positions