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Communication

Bachelor of Arts

Digital. Convergence. Remix. Circulation. Fragmentation. Mobility. Collaboration. Crowdsourcing. Participatory. Personalization. Hashtag.

These buzz words reflect a reconfiguration of the world for media and communication professionals. Clarke’s Communication program empowers students to navigate this world. Majors are challenged to become flexible, adaptive and nimble. So, our majors are preparing for many career options, even ones that do not yet exist.

Clarke Communication students become powerful advocates fluent with digital media. The program balances new media studies with rhetorical fundamentals. Students pursue interests though projects analyzing communication, producing with visual and audio media, crafting arguments, and designing presentations.

At the same time, students graduate with a sophisticated communicative awareness, deep knowledge of how rhetoric and media shape society, and honed skills to make an impact. We help students find their paths for their long-term success in a variety of professional careers.

Program Details

Our Communication Students:

  • Encounter the bleeding edge of media studies by learning to leverage emerging communication technologies informed by historical knowledge.
  • Become strong advocates by crafting compelling arguments and developing persuasive presentations.
  • Produce professional quality podcasts, news stories, communication campaigns, and research projects.
  • Challenge cultural and political assumptions that perpetuate injustice and inhibit freedom.
  • Practice critical analysis of written, spoken, and visual messages to better identify and solve problems while having fun discussions about topics like popular culture or political discourse.
  • Contribute to our new student media initiative, The Crux, which converges student newspaper, student radio, and student television into one digital space. Launched in May 2017, The Crux is digital media for and by students.
Classes You'll Take

Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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David Deifell, Ph.D.

David Deifell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor/Chair of Communication

Small liberal arts schools have always attracted me, but the BVM’s inclusion of the values of freedom and justice as central to Clarke’s mission make it unique. Education should not simply be about job preparation; it should cultivate citizenship for the common good.

Emily Goodmann, Ph.D.

Emily Goodmann, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication

Students in the Communication Department at Clarke understand and participate in the changing thinking and practice about everything from copyright and privacy, to visual culture and identity, to public discourse and ethics. They are ahead of the curve and able to position themselves as leaders in a digital age fluent in the media that saturates our daily lives.

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Our Students & Alumni

Amanda Martin

Amanda Martin

Communication '06

I am currently working in the Community Engaged Learning department at Drake University. The skills I learned in Clarke’s Communication Department are ones that are very useful for my job.

Heidi Hawk

Heidi Hawk

Communication & English '09

I did an internship in London for an online beauty and fashion magazine during Summer 2009. I feel very strongly about students taking the opportunity to study abroad. Learning how to work in a different country has been something I’ve been able to draw upon in interviews and in the workplace since leaving Clarke.

Megan Kane

Megan Kane

Communication'18

I am Co-Editor-in- Chief of The Crux. My work with The Crux is important to me because it promotes students’ voices, creativity, ideas, and opinions to be heard. We are here to share students’ truths.


63%
Social Media Skills

CareerBuilder reported that 63% of 2017 employers expect employees to have social media savviness.

$56,340
Annual salary

The average yearly salary for communication majors, according to the 2017 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

#1
Communication skills

According to Job Outlook 2016 survey of employers by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the number one quality for job candidates is the “ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization.”

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