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Bachelor of Arts - Communication

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Program Intro

Every human endeavor is enriched by our communication skills and knowledge. This program develops your leadership, critical thinking, writing, public speaking and presentation skills, using traditional, broadcasting and digital media. You’ll hone your use of these methods and use them to solve real-world problems.

Department of Communication and Creative Arts

In this program, you’ll engage in individual and group projects, opinion research and message development. Small classes are led by faculty with strong academic and professional experience.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact with business clients in the community, as well as an active and involved alumni base throughout the Chicagoland area.

Curriculum Overview

Discover the complex, varied ways we engage with each other and express ourselves to the world. Our curriculum includes training in writing, broadcasting, theory, research methods, digital media and persuasive techniques.

You can currently complete this degree at PNW’s Hammond campus.

Kick off your journey with foundational classes in speech, debate and digital media.

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Sample Courses

  • COM 11400 – Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • COM 20400 – Critical Perspectives on Communication
  • COM 21400 – Comparative Theories of Interpersonal Communication

Explore topics fundamental to professional communications, like PR, advertising and journalism.

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Sample Courses

  • COM 25000 – Mass Communication and Society
  • COM 25300 – Introduction to Public Relations
  • COM 25600 – Introduction to Advertising

Gain a competitive edge with courses that distinguish you as a global, tech-savvy communicator.

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Sample Courses

  • COM 30900 – Visual Communication
  • COM 31800 – Principles of Persuasion
  • COM 32500 – Interviewing

Enhance your skills with advanced communications courses that delve into psychology and aesthetics while you prepare for a dynamic career.

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Sample Courses

  • COM 37000 – Writing for the Media
  • COM 43400 – Practicum in Media Communication
  • COM 46500 – Visual Aesthetics in Television & Film


Graduates with a communication degree are prepared for rewarding careers ranging from broadcasting and advertising to public relations and marketing. The communication and leadership skills our students develop are also relevant to every other field, including medicine, engineering and business.

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This program builds essential leadership and interviewing skills, as well as the confidence to communicate in a number of media.

Career Paths

Communication grads go on to careers in fields like:

  • Public and Civic Service
  • Human Relations and Public Relations
  • Social Media and Broadcasting
  • Advertising and Corporate Communication


Our program’s value is best demonstrated through the employers our graduates have worked for:

  • ESPN.com
  • Weather Channel
  • Windy City Live
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All the faculty members I’ve worked with truly are working for you. They want you to be able to do what you want to do.

David Bolton, Communication, ’24

Adam Davis, PR, Spring 2018 alumnus

The communication department at PNW is a place with a lot of opportunities, whether it’s experiential learning courses, clubs to be involved in or friends to meet around the department.

Adam Davis – Communication: Public Relations, 2018

Meet the Faculty

Lee Artz

Lee Artz, Ph.D.

Professor, Media Studies

Lee Artz is a professor of media studies and the director of the Center for Global Studies at Purdue University Northwest.

Daniel M. Dunn, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

Dunn’s current role as a Professor of Communication is to teach a variety of courses for the Department of Communication & Creative Arts, both undergraduate and graduate.

Catherine Gillotti

Catherine M. Gillotti, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, CHESS

Catherine Gillotti is an associate professor of Communication and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS).

Erin Okamoto Protsman

Erin Okamoto Protsman, M.A.

Continuing Lecturer, Communication and Creative Arts

Erin Okamoto Protsman teaches a variety of classes in the communication field.

Rhon Teruelle

Rhon Teruelle, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mass Communication and Social Media

Rhon Teruelle’s research and teaching focus on critical communication studies.

Dan Wilbur

Dan S. Wilbur, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication

Dr. Wilbur is an Associate Professor of Communication and of Health Studies, He also serves as a Faculty Fellow in Student Affairs, and is the faculty advisor for the PNW Theatre Company.

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