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Milligan expands communications majors and establishes a student-run media agency

MILLIGAN, Tenn. (July 13, 2021) — Milligan University’s area of communications has expanded its academic majors for fall 2021 to include film, graphic design, interactive media design, multimedia journalism and public relations.

The increase in majors reflects the university’s response to the changing needs and future demands within the field of communications.

“Our intent in reorganizing and increasing the majors in communications is to provide a more robust learning experience while also maintaining the theoretical grounding, academic rigor and Christian perspective which define a Milligan education,” said Simon J. Dahlman, professor of communications and area chair of performing, visual and communicative arts.

To further strengthen students’ professional development, the area of communications will establish a student-run media agency this fall. Offered as a practicum, communications students will work on real projects for clients, on and off campus. Under faculty advisement, students will work as a creative team to provide services in publicity and promotion, website design, graphic design, animation and motion graphics, social media content development, and video services.

“Our student-run media agency will provide hands-on experiences where students can combine their academic knowledge with practical skills, in addition to building a strong portfolio before graduation,” said Dahlman. “While we plan to first offer our services to areas on campus, we hope this agency can provide services to local nonprofits and churches in the near future.”

Milligan’s student-run news agency, The Stampede, will continue as a practicum experience focused on journalism in a fully converged setting, with students reporting news and feature stories in print, online and video.

Along with Milligan’s five communications majors, the university will offer six minors in communications. The minors include digital illustration, filmmaking, film studies, professional writing, graphic design and public relations.

Milligan’s communication program was launched in 1988 and is housed in the Paxson Communications Center, which includes a TV production studio, the WUMC radio studio, other digital audio and video production facilities, and an Apple iMac computer lab.

For more information, email Dahlman at

Posted by on July 13, 2021.