MidAmerica Nazarene University
Communication students gain a dynamic understanding of the connections between communication, business and culture in our changing organizational world.

The Facts

Have you ever wondered about what happens to people and society when the ways we communication change? How do you define communication? Do you have to intend to send a message before it is “communication”? Do we really have better relationships on social media? These are some of the questions you’ll confront in MNU's Communication major.

Communication occurs in every part of our lives. This major blends several contexts where having excellent skills are vital in today’s world. You’ll explore how to be a more effective communicator in interpersonal, social, group, organizational, public, and intercultural environments. Included in this major are courses in various forms of media.

You’ll get hands-on experience in creating communication in several digital formats along with knowledge about how these formats grew out of mass communication history. What's more, you’ll build and apply your knowledge through an internship and the opportunity to conduct original research. Student media positions, with salaries ranging from $200 to $4,000 annually, are available to current students who work on The Trailblazer newspaper and/or the Conestoga yearbook staffs. 

The Communication major is designed to allow you to earn a minor in another discipline. You might choose to pair it with ministry, media, marketing, management, psychology, sociology, music, or any of the other opportuities at MNU.

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Courses

"My communication courses helped me answer this question: 'What's life about if I don't know how to communicate and understand the motivations behind it?'"


Angel Bolen on Interpersonal Communication

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People

“I love that Communication students, from day 1 as freshman, can get direct, hands-on experience with converged media at MNU. You don’t have to wait until you’re a junior or senior—you just get thrown in the mix and get the chance to start producing through The Trailblazer or Conestoga. ”

Mark Hamilton, EdD
Professor of Communication.
 

In certain corporate communication classes, you’ll have the opportunity to work together with design and multimedia students so that you gain real world experience. Professors also work with you to plan your semester internship.

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Internships

We've recently placed students in internships at:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Angel Flight
  • Harmon Smith Advertising
  • Heart to Heart International
  • Holiday Inn
  • Impact Design
  • J. C. Nichols Residential Real Estate
  • Kansas City-based radio stations
  • KU Medical Center
  • Leukemia Society
  • Platinum Broadcasting
  • Premier Studios
  • Saving Grace Productions
  • Special Olympics
  • Olathe Diversity Council
  • Olathe City Government

Careers

Touching every aspect of corporate communication, you could become a(n): 

Advertising Executive
Sales Executive
Public Relations Manager

International Advocate
Social Media Manager
Human Resource Manager

Project Coordinator
Motivational Speaker
Event Planner

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