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Through the discovery of unique traits in human communication and the exploration of media in mass communication, students demonstrate professional communication through real-world projects and internships, prepared for post-college success as skilled communicators.

  • Discover unique traits in human communication. Explore a variety of media in mass communication. Hold an internship with an area business or nonprofit organization. Make the community a better place through service projects. Begin developing a project portfolio for your career. At WLC, students learn to communicate effectively in any career they choose.

    The study of communication enables students to develop skills in speaking, listening, and critical thinking. Students also develop research expertise and learn to appreciate the value of working with others. The WLC communication major will improve an individual’s ability to interact with others on both a personal and professional level.

    What Makes the Program Distinctive?

    The communication major is designed to provide a strong background for entry into a variety of professions. The WLC communication program is unique in that it fosters a quality, professional environment while holding to a Christian worldview. The size of the program is small compared to other schools, so students have greater access to professors. Furthermore, communication majors spend much of their time learning through real-world projects and internships. WLC communication majors are well prepared for graduate school and a wide range of careers immediately upon graduation.


    Relevant and Relational Courses

    WLC communication students take a series of courses designed to prepare them for real-world experiences in a way that most other colleges cannot offer. One such course is COM 311: Listening. The course helps students analyze the nature, process, and barriers to listening skills. Other courses offered are complementary to pursuing a double major in business, psychology, or English.

    Undergraduate Research and Poster Showcase

    WLC communication majors participate in research as undergraduates. Beginning with instruction on how to conduct research, students ultimately complete a research project on the methods and techniques used for systematic observation of communication behavior. The project culminates in a poster presentation, which is evaluated faculty and staff. Research topics have included the impact of gender on political perceptions, communication in long-distance relationships, coach-athlete communication, and the impact of advertising on brand selection.


    Valuable Internships

    An internship may be a student's most valuable tool when seeking employment upon graduation, enabling a smooth transition from being a college student to a full-time professional. WLC will help students secure internships in which they will learn more about their chosen career areas, experience real-world expectations, and network with professionals. WLC communication majors have interned at Froedtert Hospital, HB Performance Systems, the Milwaukee Iron, Northwestern Mutual, Roaring Fork Restaurant Group, Walt Disney World, and White Rice Advertising.

    Learning Through Service

    The communication major places a heavy emphasis on service outside the classroom. All communication students are required to demonstrate their communication competence through a semester-long integrative academic experience. WLC communication students have collected cell phones for soldiers, organized clothing drives for Lighthouse Youth Ministries, participated in Hunger Task Force food collections, and hosted game nights at Luther Haven.


    Graduate School

    A WLC communication degree and real-world experience provide the necessary background for admission to graduate school programs. WLC communication alumni have attended graduate school at UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, Regent University, Cardinal Stritch University, and Concordia University.


    A bachelor's degree in communication from WLC can lead to a successful career in a wide range of fields including broadcast, journalism, public relations, and marketing. WLC communication alumni have been hired by such companies as Allegiant Airlines, Baer Carlson, Bemis, Comair, Direct Supply, HB Performance Systems, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, the Milwaukee Radio Alliance, MLG, Red Arrow Labs, Salem Communications, Sony Music, Staples, and Zizzo Group.


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