Communication studies is about more than what you say. It's about creating messages that connect.
Communication is central to what makes us human. The Department of Communication Studies prepares graduates to be skilled communicators in any setting. Our graduates can critically analyze situations, and communicate in strategic, compassionate, and culturally sensitive ways.
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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. It’s about growing as confident speakers, active listeners, media gurus, organizational leaders, passionate writers, creative event planners, dynamic filmmakers, and more—there are endless possibilities. It’s about becoming a flexible and skilled communicator through co-curricular opportunities in forensics, research, and broadcast production. It’s about developing your talent and professional judgment to open up doors in corporate, media, and ministry careers. It’s about taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things—in our careers, in our communities, and 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 in culture
- build bridges between people of different cultures and different viewpoints
Bethel students have won more research awards at regional scholarly undergraduate conferences than any other university in the Midwest.
0 full-time professors, including 3 Bethel award winners in teaching and service
Practical, applied learning
Communication classes are practical and personally enriching. You'll find that lessons go straight from the classroom to the dorm room, the workplace, or your favorite social media site.
Our students regularly win top undergraduate awards at the Central States Communication Association and are highly sought after by graduate programs across the country.
Communication studies professors guide students in an immersive study of intercultural communication and group dynamics during a semester abroad in various European cities.
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.
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.
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, our professors 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 to your learning.
Success in forensics
The success of Bethel's forensics team–17 national championships at Novice Nationals and Christian College Nationals, 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.
Expand your learning off campus
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.
Bethel chemistry students not only receive a world-class education, but also training that incorporates the beauty of God's creation in every aspect of learning.Brent Kobielush, Ph.D. '04
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The program changed my perspective on leadership. I was linked with scholars who pushed me forward in spiritual transformation and academic excellence. This program impacted my life, family, and ministry and continues to challenge my head, heart, and hands.Wilbur Winborne Sr. '14
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The program developed me professionally, academically, and personally. I came into the program with a goal of college counseling in mind, and I got out of it exactly what I wanted: my practicum placement turned into a job.Amanda Cornelius '07
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Students have opportunities to meet industry professionals through faculty, performances, master classes, or auditions. By graduation, I had completed master classes with individuals from NYC, Minnesota Opera, and Orchestra Hall.Ruthanne Heyward '11
Current job: Working as a performing artist and actor in NYC
Christ is the center of my life, so it only makes sense that He is the center of my education.Jennifer Mckinney '15
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Current job: Consultant
Bethel's online program works great for me. It combines the best practices of online learning and classroom teaching. I am able to learn from a proven professor, study at my own pace, and progress with my cohort.Jonathan De Groot '17
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The faculty takes a genuine interest in helping you develop as a student and as a person. The way I approach my students today is largely influenced by how the Bethel professors interacted with me on a daily basis.Wes Myers '07
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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
- Social media marketing
- Management in nonprofit organizations
- Youth ministry
- Executive producing
- Life coaching
- Web development
Our alumni study:
- Counseling psychology
- Social work
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.