Department Profile

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We recognize that communication is a gift from God and is central to the human experience. We help students apply life-long effective communication knowledge and skills, and the technology to convey them in today's world.

Program Strengths

  • Experienced faculty with many years of teaching, extensive cross-cultural experience, and practical experience with media
  • Excellent facilities (our digital media lab is one of the best in the nation)
  • The program connects to many fields and interests.
  • Flexible and accommodating program for students in independent study and internships
  • Student Relationships – students and faculty have close relationships in the Communication Department.

Learning Objectives

In one of the most marketable majors a student can pursue, graduates of the Communication Department will:

  1. Understand how various communication tools work.
  2. Apply techniques to influence culture and society.
  3. Learn how to communicate with excellence.
  4. Build community. Think critically. Live faithfully.
  5. Sharpen creativity by understanding communication issues and techniques.
  6. Analyze ideas and information. Learn how to “read the room.”
  7. Engage the world. Communicate globally.

Vision

The field of communication is a study of people: What we are interested in, motivated by, and aspiring to become. In Dordt's communication department, you'll experience how the Internet, television, radio, print media, and everyday conversation connect us with each other and shape our society.

A degree in communication from Dordt University goes beyond abstract, theoretical exercise. It combines theory with a state-of-the-art digital media lab and other facilities, a faculty with international experience, and a context that puts your Christian faith into the center of it all.

Career Possibilities

One of the main criteria in determining outcomes is looking at what kinds of jobs and careers our graduates go into. Dordt’s communication majors have entered a wide range of jobs in the past five years, including radio station announcer, freelance filmmaker, weekly episodes for online and television, video producer for international non-profit organization, television reporter, Fox Studios employee, public relations director, small business manager, marketing director, reporter, pastor, lawyer, fundraising coordinator, college admissions counselor, and company spokesperson.

Student Employment and Scholarship Opportunities

The Communication Department has many opportunities for you to get involved in the very kinds of jobs you are preparing for. You can work as a journalist for The Diamond, our university newspaper. Hone your broadcasting skills working for the Dordt Media Network (both on air and off air). Love speech? Join Dordt’s award-winning forensics team. Love filmmaking? Travel the world telling stories that matter with the Digital Media Production emphasis. There are many ways to earn money—pay and/or scholarships—doing the things you love to do.