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Sharpen your communication skills.

Discover a communications and media arts major that prepares you to express your distinct voice as a communications professional—especially in our ever-evolving digital society.

Courses cover everything from mass communication, public speaking, and public relations, to digital production, social media, and integrated marketing campaigns. Faculty mentors—who are actively engaged in today’s best-practices—bring over five decades of combined experience in advertising, radio, television, public relations, journalism, podcasting, and more.

Outside of the classroom, you’ll be able to gain real-world experience with Bethany’s online newspaper, The Tower; and Bethany Broadcasting Network (BBN) Online, which includes a student-run radio station and television station. Gain additional experience through professional internships, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), National Broadcasting Society (NBS), Writers Club, Student Government Association, and more.

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Areas of Study

  • Communications & Media Arts (Major, Minor)
  • Concentrations in:
  • Integrated Media & Marketing
  • Digital Media & Production
  • Sports Communications

Why Bethany

Gain on-campus practical experience through our student-run media outlets
Average size of a Communications class is 14
100% employment placement within three months of graduating*
*class of 2016

Careers in Communications & Media Arts

  • Advertising
  • Attorney
  • Broadcasting
  • Corporate communications
  • Event coordination
  • Human resources
  • Lobbying
  • Marketing
  • Media sales
  • Ministry work
  • Non-profit management
  • Office management
  • Public relations
  • Teaching
  • College communications
  • Writing/editing

Meet the Faculty

Patrick Sutherland

Professor and Chair of Communications and Media Arts, Advisor to WVBC Online Radio

Ph.D., College of Communication,
Ohio University
M.A., College of Journalism and Communications,
University of Florida
B.A., Department of Communication,
Marquette University

Olga Blackledge

Assistant Professor of Communications and Media Arts

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
M.A., European Humanities University

David M. Deiuliis

Assistant Professor of Communications and Media Arts, Advisor to BBN Webstreaming

Communications Courses

Engage in courses that delve into the ever-evolving world of communication. At Bethany, you will benefit from a curriculum that distinctively prepares you for a lifelong career.


  • COMM 101 Introduction to Communication
    Examines the foundations of communication, including communication between individuals, language, and non-verbal codes as well as mass media, like newspapers, radio, television, and digital media.
  • COMM 200 Digital Media and Digital Culture
    Provides the history, structures, processes, and practices of digital media as well as examines the effects of technology on American and global culture.
  • COMM 205 Principles of Advertising and Public Relations
    Covers the history and principles of advertising and public relations and discusses the different fields of marketing, including industry and nonprofit work.
  • COMM 250 Multimedia Sports Production
    Introduces techniques of production of various sporting events for radio, television, podcasting, and other converged media platforms. Students’ work is broadcast, cablecast, or streamed for the Bethany community and beyond.
  • COMM 412 Integrated Marketing Communications Campaigns
    Uses the integrated marketing communications approach of utilizing appropriate advertising, marketing, personal selling, and public relations principles and practices to develop a strategic communication campaign for a client.

Communications Internship Opportunities

An internship within the field of communications will build skills in speaking, writing, media relations, problem solving, and more. It’s also a great way to explore the different career paths available to you as a communications major!

Curious what internship opportunities are out there for students majoring in the communications field? Check out some examples.

  • Broadcast Intern
  • Content Marketing Intern
  • Copywriting Intern
  • Editorial Intern
  • Fundraising Intern
  • Marketing Intern
  • Public Relations Intern
  • Sales Communication Intern
  • Social Media Intern
  • Sports Agency Intern