Become a effective communicator and skilled listener. Communication

Wheaton’s communication program revolves around the message: how we create and find meaning through our words and interactions. Developing into a competent and ethically responsible communicator benefits you personally and professionally, no matter where your future takes you. 

Credential Type

  • B.A.

Major Credits Required

  • 32

Offered As

  • Major/ 2 Minors

Major Tracks

  • Interpersonal/ Media/ Rhetoric and Culture/ Theater

Other Academic Options

  • Journalism Certificate

#1 in-demand skill for today’s employers

Empathetic listening—a crucial communication tool—is #1 among Forbes’ “15 Skills Employers Seek in 2022.” Also on the list: modern communication (#3), emotional intelligence (#4), and public speaking (#11).

98.9% employed or in graduate school

Within six months of graduation, nearly 99% of Wheaton’s Class of 2021 found work in their field or continued their education.

75% completed an internship

Three-quarters of the most recent graduating class pursued at least one internship. Communication majors gained experience at places like the Chicago Tribune, Christianity Today, Kansas City Chiefs, and The Hollywood Reporter.

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Olivia Christ and Dr. Rebecca Sietman

Why Wheaton for Communication?

Clear and effective communication spans industries and mediums. Whether you’re writing and producing stories for the media, generating internal company documents, creating marketing materials, speaking on behalf of clients, conducting a focus group, making a sales pitch, or preparing remarks for an event—or planning, editing, or overseeing any of the above—it’s all about connecting with your target audience. 

Find Your Focus: Communication Concentrations

Wheaton’s flexible communication curriculum allows you to explore your interests before choosing a concentration. As you take foundation courses and participate in cocurricular activities, you’ll learn more about yourself—and likely discover God’s vocational calling for you. From there, you can customize your coursework based on your career goals.

  • Interpersonal Communication Concentration
    Explore human dynamics—interaction between friends, partners, relatives, neighbors, colleagues, and people we just met. You’ll also learn about communication among teams and within organizations.
  • Media Studies Concentration
    Through a mix of theory and production classes, you’ll gain an understanding of how messages are created, shaped, shared, and consumed. A media studies concentration is also an excellent foundation for graduate study.
  • Rhetoric and Culture Concentration
    This concentration is all about creating conversations that change culture. It’s ideal for pre-law students and those interested in ministry, teaching, and advocacy work.
  • Theater Concentration
    Words. Actions. Audience. Theater IS communication. Whether you want to join the the cast or chorus, build a world through set design, or write or direct a script, you’re an important part of the performance.


What You’ll Learn

Sample Communication Courses

Exercise your creativity, expand your critical thinking skills, and hone your research, writing, and presentation abilities in a variety of core, elective, and special topics courses, including:

  • Digital Society
  • Group Dynamics
  • The Rhetoric of Equality
  • Sport and Communication
  • Visual Symbolism: Icons, Brands, Logos
  • Church and Theater
  • Public Advocacy

Faces and Spaces Where You'll Learn, Who You'll Meet

Dr. Theon Hill

Our Faculty

You’ll study with Christian communication professionals who are active in their fields. They publish and present scholarly work, serve on association boards, and advise student publications and organizations. Their wide-ranging research interests include political rhetoric, friendship, social influence, set design, narrative media, iconography, academic debate, interviewing, and strategic communication. 

Spoon River Arena Theater Production

Our Theater

Arena Theater is our 120-seat black box theater hosts dozens of performances each year. It’s also home to a movement lab, scene shop, costume shop, lighting lab, and the Jim Young Garage, a multipurpose performance and learning space.

Wheaton College Debate Team

Our Experiences

Communication majors are, by nature, some of the most active students on campus. They write, edit, and design for student-run news and literary publications. They produce, perform, and promote classic and contemporary stage plays. They go on the road with our award-winning Parliamentary debate team. And they take the lead in various clubs and organizations. 

With Wheaton Opportunities Across Campus & Beyond

Interdisciplinary learning is a way of life at Wheaton. Aside from your work within your chosen major, you can enrich your educational experience and connect with peers and professors across campus (and beyond) in many ways.

Real-World Learning at Wheaton & Beyond

  • Wheaton in Chicago
  • HUNGR - Human Needs & Global Resources Program

Other Opportunities

  • Internships with media outlets, publishers, and more
  • Washington Journalism Center (semester program in D.C.)
  • Los Angeles Film Studies Center (semester program, which includes a Theology in Hollywood course)
  • Nashville Contemporary Music Center (semester program)

Related Centers, Organizations & Co-Curriculars

  • National Parliamentary Debate Team
  • Arena Theater
  • The Record (campus newspaper)
  • Lambda Pi Eta (The National Communication Association undergraduate honor society)
  • Pi Kappa Delta (honorary forensics/competitive speaking organization)

Additional Academic Opportunities: Common Minors, Certificates & Second Majors

  • Journalism certificate
  • Theater minor
  • Business/Economics
  • Psychology
  • Christian Formation and Ministry
  • Gender Studies Certificate


Blanchard Hall Tower with Fall Foliage
COMMUNICATION for Christ and His Kingdom

Faith & Learning at Wheaton

A Wheaton education is built on the foundation of our unique Christ at the Core general education curriculum. As a communication major, you’ll explore Christian growth and witness by celebrating our God who spoke creation into existence and guides us into Kingdom-building communication. You’ll live fully present in each moment through skilled listening, strategic speaking, and faithful sensitivity to God’s work in and through human interaction.

Emily Langan Faculty Headshot

Insights from the Chair

Our focus is on the ways people connect, disconnect, perform, influence, or broadcast. Although most people are born with the physical abilities to listen and speak, we must learn to communicate so that change is strategic and lives are improved. Since our mission is to create competent and ethical communicators, we have developed a rigorous curriculum in both theory and practice. Students need to know the "hows" and "whys" of verbal, nonverbal, and mediated messages. We explore strategies, techniques, philosophies, and principles guiding the multiple ways that meaning takes shape between persons. 

Along with our academic courses, we offer a variety of co-curricular programs, including a nationally competitive parliamentary debate team and a superb theater serving both campus and community. We also support a variety of student projects in media, including sound and video recording, scriptwriting, film criticism, and journalism. Each of these provides practical opportunities to integrate Christian faith with creative and scholarly activity, as well as develop relationships with our faculty. 

Please give us a call (at 630.752.5095) or send us an email and we can discuss the possible connections between your interests and the Communication discipline. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Emily Langan, Ph.D. 
Chair, Communication Department

Success After Wheaton What You Can Do With a Communication Degree

A degree in communication is incredibly versatile. Our alumni continue to illustrate how skilled communicators are needed at every level of every organization in nearly every industry. In partnership with our Center for Vocation and Career, Wheaton Communication majors find a wide variety of types of jobs not limited to just the communication field.


Recent alumni found positions such as:

  • Actor/Screenwriter / Producer
  • Attorney / Judge
  • Business Owner
  • Career Coach / Trainer
  • Crisis & Reputation Manager
  • Digital Media Specialist
  • Financial Advisor / Investment Banker
  • Freelance Writer / Speaker
  • Graphics and Web Designer
  • Organizational Consultant
  • Public Relations & Marketing Specialist
  • Special Projects & Event Planner
  • Pastor / Minister / Missionary
  • Political Strategist
  • Resource Coordinator
  • Sales Representative
  • Speech Therapist
  • Teacher / Professor
  • Technical Analyst
  • Videographer / Digital Storyteller

Top Organizations

And our alumni work for companies and organizations like: 

  • Capitol Christian Music Group
  • Christianity Today
  • Epic Games
  • Goodwill Industries International
  • Google
  • The Gospel Coalition
  • HP
  • Milwaukee Film
  • Moody Publishers
  • NBA
  • National Immigration Forum
  • Tru-Colour Bandages
  • TruMedia Networks Inc.
  • Tyndale House Publishers
  • The Walt Disney Company
Chelsea Medic
COMMUNICATION Alumni in Action

An Animated Introvert in L.A.

“I am extremely thankful for the education I received at Wheaton College. My communication and art courses were very helpful for me as I moved to Los Angeles, a city that is so huge in the entertainment industry. I had some great classes with Professor Joonhee Park and Dr. Read Schuchardt that prepared me to be immersed in the culture of media and entertainment. My Christian education also gave me a wonderful foundation for doing life in a city of varying faiths and belief systems. ”

– Chelsea Medic '14

Chelsea Medic ’14 graduated with a B.A. in Communication (Media Studies) and a minor in Art (Photography/Media). After Wheaton she worked as a production assistant at DreamWorks Animation, and in her spare time developed The Soap.Bar, a company she founded in Los Angeles. 

Next Steps

Interested in studying Communication at Wheaton? Request more info program or start your application today.