Hands-on experience, mentoring from seasoned professionals, and top-notch facilities prepare our students for fast-changing fields that require excellent communication skills. The department offers the following majors/concentrations. Our graduates work as writers, editors, reporters, production specialists, and public relations professionals. They’re involved in web development, the entertainment industry, and a variety of related fields.

Alumni Success Stories

Wartburg graduates find satisfying jobs and are admitted into top graduate and professional schools. Wartburg alumni can be found in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 foreign countries. Below is only a sample of the types of positions Wartburg graduates from the Journalism and Communication Department have had in the past.

A sample of Alumni Positions from the Past Five Years:

  • Development Associate, The Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines
  • Communications Manager, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Grinnell
  • Sports Reporter/Editor, Worthington Globe, Worthington, Minn.
  • Director of Student Engagement, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Advertising Associate, Sukup Manufacturing, Sheffield
  • Associate Director for Marketing, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, Ill.

Sample Stand-out Alumni Positions:

  • Senior Vice President/Creative Director, Leo Burnett, Chicago, Ill.
  • Feature Producer, ESPN, Bristol, Conn.
  • Press Secretary, Prime Minister of Namibia
  • President/Equity Partner/Owner, Relationship Marketing, Inc., Des Moines
  • Professor, Communication Studies, University of North Carolina-Charlotte


Course Requirements

14 course credits: Core plus one concentration:

Core Requirements 7 course credits:

  • ART 108 Graphic Design
  • COM 100 Introduction to Communication
  • COM 200 Media Writing
  • COM 211 Video Production
  • COM 371 Internship
  • COM 461 Communication Arts Capstone

One course credit from Maximum of 0.5 course credits for each practicum can be applied toward requirement

  • COM 125 TV Practicum
  • COM 126 Radio Practicum
  • COM 127 Organizational and Public Relations Practicum
  • COM 128 Print Practicum

Digital Cinema and Production Concentration Core plus 7 course credits:

  • ART 208 Photography I
  • COM 206 Audio Production
  • COM 304 Media Marketing and Management
  • COM 320 Digital Production I
  • COM 420 Digital Production II
  • EN 155 Introduction to Film
  • EN 219 Screenwriting

Multimedia Journalism Concentration Core plus 7 course credits:

  • COM 206 Audio Production
  • COM 304 Media Marketing and Management
  • COM 305 Print Journalism
  • COM 312 Broadcast Journalism
  • COM 340 Media Law and Ethics
  • COM 349 Multimedia Journalism

One course credit from

  • COM 313 Advanced Broadcast Journalism
  • COM 320 Digital Production I
  • COM 325 Advanced Print Journalism

Organizational and Public Relations Concentration Core plus 7 course credits:

  • ART 205 Communication Design
  • ART 208 Photography I
  • COM 346 Organizational and Public Relations Writing Techniques
  • COM 348 Integrated Marketing Communication
  • COM 355 Persuasion

One course credit from

  • BA 345 Principles of Management
  • BA 353 Principles of Marketing
  • COM 155 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 270 Communication Perspectives: Gender and Sexuality
  • COM 304 Media Marketing and Management
  • COM 375 Online Marketing or
  • BA 375 Online Marketing
  • GM 201 Intercultural Communication
  • SW 202 Group and Organizational Behavior
  • TH 285 Stagecraft

One course credit from

  • BA 331 Business Law I
  • COM 340 Media Law and Ethics

McElroy Center

The McElroy Center opened in 1992 and houses a student-run television studio and Wartburg’s FM radio station 89.9 KWAR with digital stereo broadcasting equipment and television production suites with camera, editing, and graphics systems. Students use advanced digital editing production equipment. Offices for student publications also are located in the facility. The center includes facilities for journalism and communication programs. Campus Media:

  • Trumpet Newspaper
  • The Circuit Website
  • Knight Vision Television
  • KWAR-FM Radio Station
Program taught in:
  • English

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