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Communication and theatre

Learn to communicate with truth,  authenticity and authority

34 gigabytes. That’s how much information the average American consumes each day – enough to overload a laptop in a week. And that may be on the light side. 

How best to communicate so others hear, listen and respond?

Bluffton communication students learn to craft messages and produce and manage content across multiple platforms - sometimes referred to as convergent media. They learn why and when certain communication techniques are effective.

Communication and Media major

Core courses provide a foundation in contemporary media studies and the traditional liberal arts elements of communication. Optional concentrations provide training in specific media production and professional communication.

Concentrations include:

  • Public relations
  • Journalism
  • Sports media
  • Leadership communication

Competitively paid positions include internships and extracurricular activities. The Witmarsum, FM radio station, theatre performance and an oratorical contest provide opportunities for you to put classroom learning into practice.

  • We are moving into an age where storytelling is crucial and the thirst/need for information is ever increasing.
  • It’s a versatile major with vast career opportunities.
  • Prepare for careers in public affairs, media relations, higher education, communication research, political communication, public speaking, organizational leadership and more.

Communication and media major

Complete the communication and media major in four years with the following guidelines.

Kennedy Parker

Transfer student

“Professors and coaches are understanding. They work with each other really well, and they all want the best for you.” 

Kennedy Parker, two-sport athlete and communication and media major

Andrew Collinsworth

Sports broadcasting

Andrew Collinsworth's dream goal is calling the game in a World Series.

“When I was a kid, I would just sit there and say something and then the broadcaster would say the exact same thing right after I said it.”

Olivia Daugherty

A summer in DC

“A big part of my job was to make policy briefs for the Mennonite Central Committee office, looking at bills, highlighting the most important parts and putting them into-non-government language.”

– Olivia Daugherty


Add a minor to meet your professional goals, to broaden your knowledge or to set your resume apart. For instance, a marketing or graphic design major might be interested in a public relations minor. A social work or psychology major might be interested in a communications minor.

The Wit staff meeting

Students interested in serving in church-related organizations can combine coursework from the religion and communication programs for a relevant minor. It is an excellent addition to a Biblical and theological studies or worship arts major. 

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Church communication minor

Develop your skills in interpersonal and organizational communication, media studies, journalism and persuasion.

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Communication minor

Develop skills in writing, visual communication, digital and interactive technologies essential for careers in digital, print and convergent journalism.

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Journalism minor

Learn the history, theory, ethical and social impacts of television, film, social media and other digital and interactive media.

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Media studies minor

Prepare for a communication liaison and strategist career—in nonprofit and corporate settings with journalism, graphic design, marketing, analytics and crisis communication courses.

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Public relations minor

Studying theatre provides training and experience in many performance areas, including acting, directing, stage management, lighting, sound design and more. Participation in Bluffton theatre productions gives you a chance to experience all facets of theatrical production. 

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Theatre minor



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Voice of Beaver athletics

96.1 FM WBWH and The Witmarsum cover all Bluffton University sports, through written articles, posted videos, or live broadcasts.