Communication

Communication students
Type of Degree: Major, Minor

The rapid explosion of new technologies places added demands on individuals, businesses, and cultures to communicate effectively. Gain a skillset and knowledge that will be in demand no matter where your career takes you.

Communication skills are the number one thing employers look for in college graduates. Whether through speaking or writing, in person or through the media, communication jobs are increasing in importance through all sectors of economy. Heidelberg’s program focusses on getting you hands-on learning experiences early and often, so you’ll be prepare to take this degree in any direction you want. Our communication majors pursue graduate school and/or careers in human resources, government relations, social services, sales, corporate training, college student personnel, customer services, and law school.

Opportunities

Speech Team

Heidelberg’s Speech Team has been racking up the trophies for many years – over the past five years, Heidelberg students have brought home 106 individual trophies. Competing in the National Forensics Association, students travel to tournaments throughout the Midwest to compete in a variety of speaking categories that include persuasive speaking, after dinner speaking, dramatic duo interpretation, impromptu speaking, and informative speaking.

The Kilikilik Student Newspaper

Gain writing, editing, and layout experience by working for Heidelberg’s student newspaper. The Kilikilik (more commonly known as The Kil) allows students to write about what interests them. You could report on athletic events, write a fashion column, or dig into campus issues through investigative reporting.

Meet the Faculty

Our students say the best part of Heidelberg is working with their professors. Meet the faculty of this department.

Careers

  • Human Resources Director
  • Copywriter
  • Community Relations Director
  • Marketing Director
  • Public Relations Specialist

Outcomes

Melissa HarrisonMelissa Harrison ‘02

In 2015, Melissa Harrison, Washington, D.C., was named by President Obama to serve as the press secretary for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She had been the communication director of the National Resources Defense Council since April 2012.

From my first day on campus, Heidelberg embraced me as a student and a future professional communicator. The department taught me how to write accurately, clearly and concisely. The smaller class sizes and one-on-one individualized attention gave me a leg up on students from other larger schools who had to wait years before gaining practical experience. Heidelberg gave me the confidence to passionately pursue my career.

Courses

Below is a sampling of courses offered in communication. For more information, see the major requirements.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Explorations in Communication Media and Culture Group Communication and Leadership Rhetoric and Public Discourse
Digital Storytelling Critical Thinking and Argumentation Media Criticism Organizational Communication
Interpersonal Communication Visual Communication Persuasion Communication Practicum

For a more detailed academic schedule, or to ask questions about any of our majors, contact the Admission Office at admission@heidelberg.edu or 419-448-2330.

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