The key to life

Communication

The power of communication.

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Communication is the key to life. One key—a communication degree from Union—can open doors to a rewarding life path.

Whether they focus on public relations, journalism, fundraising or emerging media, communication majors use writing and speaking skills to influence others in life-enhancing ways. From dealing as a public relations agent with an interpersonal crisis between employees to researching a global crisis as a journalist, these professions serve on the front lines, communicating with compassion when it matters most.

Why study communication?

  • You could work as a magazine editor, copywriter, creative content provider, event planner, public relations project manager, website manager, alumni director, book editor, recruiter, fundraising coordinator, corporate trainer and more.
  • Communication is vital skill that will help you be a crucial asset to a business or organization.

Writing has always been important to me. While I initially wasn’t sure what I wanted to pursue as a career, communication was the perfect route to capitalize on my writing skills in a way that could be applied to lots of industries. Union’s communication program and access to great internships gave me an edge in my career. Now with my work in healthcare philanthropy, I am able to write concisely and effectively to communicate the impact our hospital makes while creating lasting connections. At Union, I learned the power of writing can truly set you apart.

Kelly Phipps
2011 graduate, annual giving manager at Loma Linda University Health
photo Kelly Phipps

Projects outside the classroom.

100%
of students get published

Your communication degree carries persuasive powers. What will you do with this power? At Union, Christian ethics is at the center of everything we do and remains your foundation for communicating—and persuading—with compassion.

Why study at Union College?

  • Choose from three emphases in emerging media, fundraising and philanthropy, journalism and public relations, preparing you for careers in many different work settings.
  • Union’s focus on writing and publishing means you’re guaranteed to get your work published as a student.
  • Union’s professors have worked in journalism, public relations and are published authors—you'll benefit greatly from their network of internship and job contacts.

Union’s communication program provides a vital foundation for those entering the marketing, public relations or business fields. Each class was filled with relevant topics and case studies from the professors’ experiences. I appreciated the energy and dedication that went into each lesson as it made me even more excited about what I was learning. Thanks to Union and the communication program, I have a successful career in a field I’m passionate about.

Lauren Brendel
2006 graduate, marketing and public relations manager at Littleton Adventist Hospital
photo Lauren Brendel

Majors and minors

Union College offers a bachelor of arts in communication with these emphases:

Career options

Writer and author

Develop written content for various types of media, including advertisements; books; magazines; movie, play, and television scripts; and blogs.

Job outlook
8% growth (average)

Median pay
$61,000

Public relations

Create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They craft media releases and develop social media programs to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals.

Job outlook
9% growth (average)

Median pay
$59,000

Fundraising

Plan and direct the creation of material that will maintain or enhance the public image of their employer or client. Fundraising managers coordinate campaigns that bring in donations for their organization.

Job outlook
10% growth (faster than average)

Median pay
$111,000