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Getting Your Degree in Communications? Attending a Christian College Makes a Difference

May 17, 2021

If you’re considering a degree in communications, you are likely about to open the door to more career options than you think – especially if you plan to study it at a Christian college.

That’s because:

  1. Communications is an incredibly broad field. Studying it will give you a versatile skill set that can apply to virtually any career that involves connecting with other people.
  2. Studying communications from a Christian worldview provides a deeper understanding of how to connect with hearts and minds. It also opens the door to connecting with Christian employers and ministries.

When you consider how deeply ingrained Christian values are in American culture and in many parts of the world, it’s hard to argue against getting your degree in communications from a Christian college!

Careers You Could Pursue with a Degree in Communications

Though studying communication arts is useful in almost any career, there are several that are popular among communications degree graduates.

These include:

  • Public relations
  • Journalism
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Publishing
  • Web development
  • Copywriting
  • Technical writing
  • Media production
  • Human resources and training
  • Fundraising
  • Business
  • Ministry

The common thread is that these are all opportunities to make a connection – whether that connection is between an organization and an audience, or between individuals.

If you’re eager to reach out to people – whether it’s to attract customers, inform the public, entertain audiences, educate people, or share your faith – this is worth considering!

Types of Communication Arts Degrees

There are a number of options in the level of a degree in communications as well as the concentration.

Some schools offer an associate’s degree in communications that helps prepare students for entry-level positions. But if you’re serious about pursuing a rewarding and lucrative career, plan to earn at least a bachelor’s degree.

Bachelor’s Degree Programs

In a four-year bachelor’s program, you’ll be able to go much deeper to develop the skills employers are looking for.

These include:

  • Persuasion – how to make a convincing argument orally or in writing.
  • Writing – how to write for different types of media (e.g. film, news, business, ads, etc.).
  • Editing – how to refine content to make it as impactful as possible.
  • Graphic Design – how to communicate through both words and design.
  • Production/Publishing – how to coordinate the process of preparing content for an audience.

While refining these and other skill sets, you’ll also be improving your ability to see points of view other than your own. Employers need people on the team whose capacity for empathy enables them to reach across differences, whether to tell impactful stories or resolve conflicts.

Of course, if you have clear career goals, you’ll want to work with an admission counselor to help you select courses that will point you in the right direction. You may be taking a very different set of courses if you’re focused on journalism, for example, vs. theatre arts.

Dual Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs

Communications pairs well with virtually any other area of study. Many students combine their communication studies with other programs, like counseling, business, education, or religion, earning dual bachelor’s degrees.

At the graduate level, some schools have graduate programs in communications, and you may want to pursue such a degree if it makes sense for your career goals. Or, you might decide to build on it with a master-level specialization in a related field.

Business

Communications is a great foundation for a Master’s degree in business management, whether you want to take on a corporate leadership role or start your own business.

Education

If you’re after a lucrative teaching career, including the possibility of school administration, consider building on your communication skills with a Master of Education degree.

Counseling

If you’re considering a career path like marriage and family counseling, your undergraduate studies in communications would be a great start as you pursue a Master’s degree.

Earning Your Degree in Communications from a Christian College

There are many advantages to studying communications at a Christian college.

Application of Christian Values

The greatest benefit of attending a Christian college is the opportunity to learn and practice biblical values while being immersed in a campus community that supports them.

This will help you in two important ways:

  1. Personal development. Learning how to apply these values (like empathy, honesty, humility, generosity, love and hope) to your life is part of living well.
  2. Career development. These values are shared by top employers, both within Christian and secular organizations, who want people who know and live by them.

Many faculty and staff members of secular colleges live by these values, of course. They are common in our culture. But Christian colleges are explicit about teaching them. That is what sets schools like ENC apart.

“When I came to Eastern Nazarene College, they welcomed me with open arms. If you need help, someone is always there for you. We really care for each other here. You left your family when you came here, but this is your second family.” – Neyo Swaim, Class of 2022

Understanding Faith-Based Communications

By attending a Christian college, an entire career area within communications will be open to you. Faith-based companies and organizations need people who understand where faith and communications intersect.

International ministry organizations, large community churches, marketing and PR firms that specialize in promoting Christian nonprofits, Christian media companies and a host of other opportunities are waiting for graduates of faith-based colleges.

Vocational Training

For students interested in integrating career and ministry, Christian colleges are ideal. From student chaplains who provide spiritual counseling to off-campus ministry opportunities and religious courses that focus on ministry, schools like ENC help students pursue a vocation.

A vocation is a calling, a sense of God-given purpose that drives career development. The difference between a career and a vocation may be subtle to many, but to those who grew up in the church, it’s a meaningful one that Christian colleges understand and nurture.

If your desire to create connection through communication arts comes from a belief that this could be your vocation, let a Christian campus like ours help you train for it.

Christian Community

Communications professionals understand better than anyone the value of human connection to create a sense of belonging. Part of the draw of Christian colleges is their focus on creating a community that encourages connection on campus.

As a graduate with a degree in communications, you’ll also be a part of a large and ever-growing network of alumni who value that sense of belonging as much as you do. 

The mutual support they provide one another is not only useful in career development. Among ENC alumni, we’ve seen being a part of the alumni community contribute to graduates leading joyful, meaningful lives.

Seeking a Degree in Communications? Consider the ENC Advantage

At Eastern Nazarene College, we offer all the benefits of attending a Christian college – small class sizes, lots of personal support, a warm and friendly campus community – to all students, no matter their area of study.

But as someone interested in communications, you might see the value of ENC better than anyone else.

You see that what we’re all about is connection. We want to connect with you, connect you with other students and with exciting career opportunities.

Inspired by our Christian faith, we’re committed to making a place for you here. A place where you’ll belong from the moment you set foot on campus throughout your lifetime as an alum.

That’s what you’ll ENCounter at Eastern Nazarene College.

Ready to learn more? Just reach out. We look forward to connecting with you!