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Communication Studies

Communication studies is about saying what you mean—and building connections in the wider world.

Communication is central to what makes us human. The Department of Communication Studies prepares graduates to be skilled communicators in any setting. You'll learn how to critically analyze situations; communicate in strategic, compassionate, and culturally sensitive ways; and succeed in whatever career you choose.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Communication Studies Major Minor
Media Production Major Minor
Organizational Communication Major

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Using Communication to Prepare for a World of Possibilities

What does studying communication mean? At Bethel, it means preparing for a lifetime of thoughtful professional and personal communication. Our students grow as confident speakers, active listeners, media gurus, organizational leaders, passionate writers, creative event planners, dynamic filmmakers, and more—there are endless possibilities and a plethora of customizable degree options to choose from. Through cocurricular opportunities in forensics, research, and broadcast production, you'll learn to become a flexible and skilled communicator—developing your talent and professional judgment to open up doors in corporate, media, ministry careers, and beyond—and to make an impact in our world.

Students majoring in communication studies can:

  • effectively analyze relationships, conflicts, and group dynamics
  • produce strategic and creative messages that move a specific audience
  • lead, motivate, and manage
  • think, listen, speak and create
  • articulate the impact of media and technology on culture
  • build bridges between people of different cultures and different viewpoints
Communication students chatting at a table.


best student retention among undergrad departments

Program Highlights

Practical, applied learning

Communication classes are practical and personally enriching—with a variety of course offerings, all customizable to your area of interest. You'll find that lessons go straight from the classroom to the dorm room, the workplace, or your favorite social media site.

Student success

Our students regularly win top undergraduate awards at the Central States Communication Association and are highly sought after by graduate programs across the country. Students regularly receive assistantships that cover the cost of their graduate education.

Faith and learning integration

You'll learn to thoughtfully apply your Christian beliefs and values to the way you communicate in large groups, different cultures, mediated spaces, and interpersonal relationships.

Europe Term

Communication studies professors guide students in an immersive study of intercultural communication and group dynamics during a semester abroad in various European cities.

Real-world experience

Communication majors have gained practical experience at a number of media outlets and prestigious organizations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, including the Minnesota Twins, KSTP-TV, Target Corp., BellaGala, World Vision, YouthWorks, Eaglebrook Church, The Office of the Governor of the State of Minnesota, and Hennepin County Medical Center.

Hands-on learning

Study at the L.A. Film Studies program through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, or join communication honor societies Sigma Zeta and Lambda Pi Eta. Students also learn effective intercultural communication strategies locally in the Hmong and Somali communities and benefit from further experiential, simulation learning in the classroom.

Success in forensics

The success of Bethel's Forensics speech and debate team—30 national championships and 39 second-place finishes at Novice Nationals and Christian College Nationals in the past 20 years, 2 parliamentary debate All-Americans, and consistent top-5 team finishes at Christian College Nationals—is bolstered by an average GPA of between a 3.6 and a 3.7 among our team members.

A relational approach to learning

Because communication is based on relationships, professors value the opportunity to get to know students on a more personal level. Whether it's through speeches, reflection papers, group work, or even study abroad experiences, we take pride in finding out who you are and how you can become a better communicator. Our professors bring a wide variety of professional careers to classes and apply their scholarship as teachers and advisors.

What can I do with a degree in communication studies?

Communication studies students prepare for professional careers in a variety of industries and graduate programs.


Our communication studies graduates work in:

  • Event management
  • Recruitment
  • Social media marketing
  • Counseling
  • Management in nonprofit organizations
  • Youth ministry
  • Executive producing
  • Filmmaking
  • Life coaching
  • Training
  • Missions
  • Web development

Graduate Fields

Our alumni study:

  • Counseling psychology
  • Law
  • Seminary
  • Social work
  • Communication
  • Business

Graduate Schools

Graduate schools our alumni have attended:

  • New York University
  • Pepperdine University
  • University of Nebraska
  • Texas State University
  • Duquesne University
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Florida

Most of the students attending these schools received assistantships that covered the entire cost of their graduate education.

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