Careers by Major/Program

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This section of our website provides information about skill development and career direction for each major/academic program in the School of Communication. 

Resources for the job/internship search process in specific fields can be found under the “Industries” tab above.  Below are links to three pages that may be of particular interest to School of Communication students.

Majors/Programs

Communication Studies

Communication Studies provides tools for analyzing, managing, and improving communication in every arena of personal, public, and professional interaction. Students in Communication Studies learn to evaluate communicative problems and produce solutions that adapt to changing situations and audiences. It is an ideal major for students with multiple interests and diverse talents.

Skills Developed

  • Problem solving
  • Written & verbal communication
  • Leadership
  • Research & analysis
  • Public speaking
  • Influential / persuasion skills
  • Ability to understand and apply theories
  • Synthesize information

What Can You Do With a Degree In Communication Studies? Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire journalism majors, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.

Radio/Television/Film (RTVF)

RTVF majors become fluent in both media production and analysis. Students receive hands-on training in creating, editing and producing innovative media- films, computer animation, and video installations. Students examine media’s role in cultures around the world- past, present and future. Students study the history of cinema and broadcast media as they study the social, economic and political dimensions of radio, television and film.

Skills Developed

  • Attention to detail
  • Concentration & focus
  • Critical analysis
  • Teamwork & collaboration
  • Written & verbal communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Technical/Computer skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Co-curricular/Relevant Activities for RTVF students

Theatre

Theatre majors have the opportunity to study and practice acting, voice, movement, dance, directing, design, stage production, playwriting and dramaturgy, along with theatre history, literature and criticism. Students develop the ability to analyze situations and complex social issues from a variety of perspectives, while developing skills in research, writing, group discussion, oral presentation, performance and production. Although a major in theatre is not a pre-professional program, a significant number of graduates seek and find work in theatre, television, and film.

Skills Developed

  • Analysis & Research
  • Problem solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Writing
  • Public speaking
  • Self-discipline
  • Flexibility and openness to new ideas
  • Working under pressure and meeting deadlines
  • Teamwork & collaboration
  • Sound, lighting, costuming, makeup and design techniques

What Can You Do With a Degree In Theater? Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire journalism majors, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.

Performance Studies

The Department of Performance Studies explores performance in all its forms, extending and deepening the understanding of performance as central to the human condition. Students majoring in Performance Studies engage performance both as an object of study—something to be documented and analyzed—and as a method of study—something to be experienced and enacted. From the adaptation and staging of texts, to the exploration of rituals and festivals, to the study of performance in everyday life, students in the department enter the world of performance and performance theory as an important and emerging field of study.

Skills Developed

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Analysis & Research
  • Critical analysis
  • Creative thinking
  • Flexibility and openness to new ideas
  • Attention to detail
  • Seeking diverse perspectives
  • Cultural awareness
  • Writing
Dance

Dance majors study composition and choreography in depth as they are challenged to write, research, and analyze the field of dance. At the same time, students continue to develop their dance skills with technique classes and performance opportunities. The foundations of the dance program are contemporary modern dance, which includes the vibrant Jump Rhythm Jazz style, along with ballet and tap. Students will examine the body in motion, explore collaborations in dance and music, and improvise dance as they develop their own vocabulary for composition and choreography.

Skills Developed

  • Presentation skills
  • Concentration skills
  • Teamwork & collaboration
  • Self-Discipline
  • Patience
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Organizational skills
  • Communication skills

What Can You Do With a Degree In Dance? Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire journalism majors, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate

Human Communication Sciences

Human Communication Sciences (HCS) majors are passionate about making a difference in people’s lives, and enjoy learning about how to help children and adults to overcome difficulties in hearing, speech, language and learning. Most students who complete the undergraduate program go on to medical school or to graduate programs in audiology, speech pathology, learning disabilities, neuroscience, dentistry, or biomedical engineering. Others begin work immediately in research laboratories or for businesses that produce and market related products and services. Students may choose to pursue a general education in communication sciences and disorders, or to concentrate their coursework in audiology and hearing sciences, speech and language pathology, or learning disabilities.

Music Theatre Certificate

Each fall, theatre, dance and performance studies students audition for a coveted spot in the Music Theatre Certificate program. This interdisciplinary program prepares students for careers as music theatre performing artists, choreographers, composers, lyricists and directors. Alumni of Northwestern and the Music Theatre Certificate program can be seen on Broadway and in national tours of hit productions.