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Milligan communications major, cinema, journalism, multimedia, digital media, public relations

The communications curriculum prepares students to work in various specialties of today’s media and to adjust to the inevitable changes that are ahead. This is accomplished through a curriculum blending critical analyses, theoretical issues, and practical skills. Central to the curriculum is an approach to the study of communications from a distinctly Christian worldview. The Communications major is available as a B.A., B.S., or minor.

Communications majors have opportunities for a wide range of careers in both mainstream media and church settings. They are distinguished by their solid theoretical knowledge, professional skills, and ability to think and act as Christians in a world where all media converge to form a set of compelling communications tools.

In addition to the core communications courses, the following concentrations are offered:

  • digital media studies
  • film
  • interpersonal and public communication
  • multimedia journalism
  • public relations and advertising

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Additional Opportunities

Contemporary Music Center (CMC)

The Contemporary Music Center, based in Brentwood, Tennessee (near Nashville), provides students the opportunity to live and work in community while seeking to understand how God will have them integrate music, faith, and business. Both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in nature, the CMC offers three tracks: the Artist Track, the Business Track, and the Technical Track. The Artist Track is tailored to students considering careers as vocalists, musicians, songwriters, recording artists, performers, producers, and recording engineers. The Business Track is designed for business, arts management, marketing, communications, and related majors interested in possible careers as artist managers, agents, record company executives, music publishers, concert promoters, and entertainment industry entrepreneurs. The Technical Track focuses on pre-production, tracking, overdubs, comping, editing, mixing, and mastering. All students receive instruction, experience, and a uniquely Christian perspective on creativity and the marketplace, while working together to create and market a recording of original music. All tracks include course work, labs, directed study, and a practicum. Students earn 16 semester hours of credit. Visit www.bestsemester.com.

Los Angeles Film Studies Program (LAFSP)

The Los Angeles Film Studies Center is designed to train students of Council institutions to serve in various aspects of the motion picture industry with both professional skill and Christian integrity. Students live, learn, and work in the LA area near major studios. The curriculum consists of two required courses, a “Hollywood Production Workshop” and a “Seminar on Faith and Artistic Development in Film”, as well as one elective course the student will choose from a variety of offerings in film studies. There is also an internship requirement in various segments of the film industry that will provide the student with hands-on experience. The combination of the internship and seminars allows students to explore the film industry within a Christian context and from a liberal arts perspective. Students earn 16 semester hours of credit by participating in this program. Visit www.bestsemester.com.

New York City Semester in Journalism

Milligan University is a partner institution with the New York City Semester in Journalism (NYCJ), a 15-credit-hour program offered through the Phillips Journalism Institute at The King’s College in New York City. With courses in journalism and liberal arts, mentoring, lectures, and readings, students will consider their calling as Christians explore the possibilities of working in mainstream media, and sharpen their reporting, writing, and multimedia skills. An NYCJ internship provides hands-on experience in the media capital of the world. Students from any academic discipline may apply, and NYCJ credits can be integrated into a student’s academic plan. Visit www.tkc.edu/nyc-semester.


View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan University Catalog (link below). The Milligan University academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.


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Simon J. Dahlman

Simon J. Dahlman

Professor of Communications; Faculty Adviser to the Stampede; Area Chair of Performing, Visual, and Communicative Arts

Phone: 423.461.8994
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Office: Paxson Communications Center 104