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NGU To Add Communication Degree in Fall

Posted on: March 12, 2021
By LaVerne Howell,

Tigerville, SC (July 10, 2019) So you love being around people, especially hearing their stories and helping them write their next chapter. You get a thrill out of seeing others reach their goals and objectives and you like to hear opinions you don’t agree with. You also like organizing and leading groups and find yourself taking charge even when no one asks you to.

If this describes you, then the Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree at North Greenville University (NGU) may be the best option for you. NGU’s School of Communication faculty is prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career in a wide variety of communication fields or pursue the next step in your academic career.

NGU will provide you with an education to become an effective, appropriate, self-monitored, empathetic, committed, and flexible communicator.  When you graduate, you will have the skills necessary for your personal, spiritual, and social life; your professional calling; or the next step in an academic career. Ultimately, the communication major will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of careers in the field of communication.

“Everyone communicates. Everyone. All the time. In a wide variety of contexts and for a wide variety of purposes,” said Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts Dr. Web Drake. “The Communication major is designed to help you improve in the area of life that is most ubiquitous, the thing you do the most. No matter what your calling or profession, it will include communication, and you will succeed only to the degree that your communication skills can rise to the challenges you will face.”

The curriculum for the communication degree is based on skills and contexts. Half of the curriculum covers communication in general terms, as well as understanding its theories, practices, and history. The second half focuses on specific contexts in which communication plays a key role. Both halves are designed to be eminently practical and provide opportunities for real-world practice.

The School of Communication faculty is comprised of working professionals. Besides holding advanced degrees in their field, the professors have real-world experience in such fields as argumentation and rhetoric, public relations, broadcast, and journalism. 

Most importantly, the faculty is passionate about helping students understand how and why the Christian worldview is so central to the art of effective communication. The school seeks to both teach and model how to successfully integrate faith and learning within the broader field of communication and the student’s calling.

Employer needs for graduates with a communication degree continue to be at the top of most lists.

The Association of American Colleges & Universities conducted a study to determine what skills employers most want in graduates they hire. 85% of employers listed “the ability to effectively communicate orally” as a desired skill. 

Per this study, employment of media and communication occupations is projected to grow six percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations, which will result in about 43,200 new jobs. Demand for media and communication occupations is expected to arise from the need to create, edit, translate, and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms, such as: public relations specialist, writers, health educators, advertising and marketing managers, market research analyst, public relations and fundraising managers, all of which incorporate communication skills.

The U.S. News & World Report publication provides an annual list of the top communication graduate programs.  Numerous universities offer such programs providing many opportunities for NGU communication graduates to seek graduate education.  A master’s in communication is expected to be developed at NGU as well to provide NGU graduates with that same opportunity.  This B.A. Communication degree will provide a foundation to lead towards a NGU M.A. Communication degree.

“The field of communication is absolutely booming,” said NGU Provost and Dean of the University Faculty Dr. Nathan Finn. “The career options for communication professionals are always expanding. This strategic new degree will further strengthen the offerings in our outstanding School of Communication, equipping even more of our students to be transformation leaders—and excellent communicators—for church and society.”

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