Area of Communications

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.


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


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).


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.

Offsite Study

New York City Semester in Journalism (NYCJ)

Milligan College 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. Learn more at

Los Angeles Film Studies Program (LAFSP)

This semester-long, 16-credit hour program sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities allows students to study filmmaking in Los Angeles while doing internships at businesses in the entertainment industry. It is recommended that the LAFSP be taken during the first semester of the senior year. Learn more at

Contemporary Music Center (CMC)

The Contemporary Music Center, located in Brentwood, TN (near Nashville), is a semester-long, 16-credit hour interdisciplinary off-campus study program that provides a community for young musicians and aspiring music executives to plumb the depths of their creative souls and test the waters of a career in popular music. Designed as an artists’ community, the program seeks to develop artists and music executives with a Christ-centered vision for music content, production, and delivery. The mission of the CMC is to prepare students academically and creatively for potential careers in the music industry. Learn more at

Semester in Ministry

The Semester in Ministry is an innovative program designed for college students who are exploring a career in ministry. During the semester, you will have an exciting and motivating internship in an area of ministry that connects with your interests and skills (Communications Ministries are available in Graphic Arts, Video Production, Sound and Technical Arts, Drama). You will be challenged and encouraged by active Christian leaders. Additionally, you will be able to earn academic credit while taking courses on the church campus. This semester long program is a perfect place for you to have a hands-on experience in Christian ministry as you grow in Christ. Learn more at


Dr. Carrie Swanay

Carrie Swanay

Professor of Communications; Area Chair of Performing, Visual, and Communicative Arts

Phone: 423.461.8795
Contact via email
Office: Paxson Communications Center, 006


Alice Anthony

Alice Anthony

Associate Professor of Art and Communications

Phone: 423.461.8970
Contact via email
Office: Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts, Lower Level


Simon J. Dahlman

Simon J. Dahlman

Professor of Communications and Faculty Adviser to the Stampede

Phone: 423.461.8994
Contact via email
Office: Paxson Communications Center 104