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

Diversified Communication

The media industry is changing rapidly and requires professionals to have a diversified skill-set. Putting graduates in influential roles in a world where mass media are a driving force is our mission. Students are educated for a wide range of careers in the field of communications in mainstream media and church settings. They are distinguished by their solid theoretical knowledge, their professional skills, and their ability to think and act as Christians in a world where all media converge to form a set of compelling communications tools.

Whether you seek a career as a digital journalist, graphic designer, interactive media designer, film producer, photojournalist, editor, public relations director for a non-profit organization, or maybe you’re interested in church media development and design, Milligan’s Communications Area has an area of study that will fit your needs.

The following majors are offered:

  • film
  • graphic design
  • interactive media design
  • multimedia journalism
  • public relations

The following minors are offered:

  • digital illustration
  • filmmaking
  • film studies
  • graphic design
  • professional writing
  • public relations

Student-Run Media Agency

All students majoring in one of the communication-related majors participate in a student-run media agency.

  • Real projects for real clients (on- and off-campus)
  • Students work as a creative team with faculty advisement
  • Publicity and promotion, website design and development, graphic design, video services
  • Opportunities for various experiences and advancement


Students work alongside professionals in their field through internships in a variety of settings. Co-curricular opportunities to gain hands-on experience include The Stampede Online-TV-Print and WUMC-FM 90.5 (campus radio station). Students also have the opportunity to apply for a one semester residency at the New York City Semester in Journalism, Los Angeles Film Studies Program, or the Contemporary Music Center through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

Senior Capstone Course

All students take a capstone course in their senior year to provide specific practical skills and knowledge for launching a successful communications career and to read and reflect on living as a disciple of Jesus Christ while working in their vocation.


Facilities include state-of-the-art Mac workstations, digital media editing bay, a radio station, and a video production studio.


Milligan Communications graduates are working for NASA, CNN, Saturn, Dreamworks SKG, Zoo Studio Nashville, Focus on the Family, and Standard Publishing, to name a few. Others are working at TV, radio, and newspapers throughout the country. Some are working in ministry or youth ministry and in businesses or non-profit organizations. Many have pursued graduate studies at University of Illinois, University of Georgia, NYU, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Georgia Southern, to name only a few.

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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