Why Study Communication?
Communication opens all doors. Graduates with a Communication degree are prepared for rewarding careers ranging from broadcasting and advertising to public relations and marketing. The communication and leadership skills our students develop are also relevant to every other field, including medicine, engineering, and business. Our alumni work for The American Heart Association, WGN TV, Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Real Estate Brokers, and a variety of other organizations. The department offers smaller class sizes and emphasizes service learning and internship opportunities.
Why choose Purdue Northwest?
Morganne Wakefield is a full-time Visiting Instructor at PNW. She is the Gallery Coordinator for the CHESS Gallery in Hammond, and teaches courses in Visual Communication. She received an MFA from the University of Chicago in 2016 and recently completed a teaching fellowship in the Department of Visual Arts. She co-directs Screen Share Video and Gallery, a venue for student-made work, at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.
Areas of Study
- Social Media Specialist
- Public Relations Specialist
- Communication Director
- Advertising Executive
- Audience Analyst
- Television Producer
- Editor for magazine, newspaper, or online journal
- On-Air Personality
Anthony Colosimo, Jr.
Profile: When Anthony was attending PNW, he envisioned following in his father’s footsteps and working for the White Sox. His plans changed when he was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work for WGN-TV as an account executive. Colosimo, the youngest person to be hired at the station, sells advertising space to businesses to get their commercials on WGN. He creates and pitches ad campaigns that are custom built to clients’ budgets, which then appear on the station during news programming, local shows, and sports broadcasts. His job is to not only connect with prospective clients, but to build and maintain relationships with businesses and current clients.
Where do our alums work?
- Weather Chanel
- National Geographic
- America’s Next Top Model
- Big Brother
- Leo Burnett Advertising Agency
- Windy City Live
- WBBM Radio
- Lakeshore Public Media
- South Shore Convention Center & Visitors Authority
- COM 20400 Critical Perspective on Communication
- COM 25000 Media and Society
- COM 30000 Communication Theory and Research
- COM 31800 Principles of Persuasion
- COM 43500 Communication and Emerging Technologies
Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication: The Dark Side of Communication explores topics in the study of interpersonal relationships that are deemed dysfunctional or pathological. The course is meant to initiate a dialogue and create an understanding about the causes and consequences of the darker aspects of relationships.
Practicum in Radio/Television: Students engage in Independent Study projects and an actual production of a television program under the direction of a professor or Purdue Northwest studio manager.