Dive in on day one and make a difference in the world! To study communication at Goshen College is to use your gifts and talents immediately. While students at larger universities need to “wait their turn” (often until their junior or senior years), you will receive practical experience in our top-notch, nationally recognized programs and related co-curriculars right away. This means that when you graduate, you will have high-quality, practical and professional experience under your belt, all while working on life-affirming, purpose-driven projects. You will receive concentrated, professional, one-on-one mentoring from professors as you develop an impressive resume during your college career. Whether you want to become a radio personality or a magazine editor, a graphic designer or a news reporter, a filmmaker or a teacher, the Goshen College Communication department offers numerous opportunities for you to be educated culturally and trained professionally.
You will be encouraged to publish and produce, shaping a robust portfolio over your four years as a Maple Leaf. Practical experience is available through:
- The Record, a weekly newspaper that was named “Newspaper of the Year” by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association in 2018 and 2016 (Division III).
- 91.1 The Globe . WGCS is one of the top student-run radio stations in the nation. We have won many national honors over the last decade — competing against universities and colleges from across the country. The Globe is an FM radio station that sends a 60 mile signal and streams worldwide. Listen and enjoy as you prepare to be a part of our winning team!
- The Correspondent. The Correspondent is a TV news magazine produced by Goshen College students and is a major part of the college’s award-winning communication program. As a member of The Correspondent team, you will create news and human interest features that reflect community life in the Goshen area and around the world.
- C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest, an annual public speaking event
- FiveCore Media, a video production company that provides students with professional experience in serving internal and external clients
When you are a GC student, you may have the privilege of leading one of these groups — a great way to build leadership skills and your resume! Here is the place for current students to apply for one of the 2020-21 co-curricular leadership positions. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 13, 2020.
One or more internship opportunities are provided, depending on your major. In recent years, students have interned with:
- Indianapolis Colts
- Edible Michiana magazine
- Fox 28 TV
- WVPE, the NPR affiliate for Michiana
- WFRN-FM Christian radio station
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington DC
- Goshen Health
- Everence – a faith-based Financial Services organization
- The Elkhart Truth
- The South Bend Tribune
- Froggy 102.7 FM radio station
- El Puente newspaper
- Community Foundation of Elkhart County
- Beacon Press
- Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
- Sojourners Magazine
- Voice of America
- ESPN Fort Wayne
Make a difference in the world! Communication is a dynamic field of study that prepares students for meaningful service and fulfilling careers. Our professors are committed to Goshen College’s five core values, and in bridging studies in the classroom with applied work off-campus — in the U.S. and across the world. In recent years, for example, teams of students and faculty have collaborated to develop a variety of impressive documentaries. These include a moving and fun piece documenting an SST group’s experience in Tanzania, a film focusing on Mennonite women of color; a work about the Apostle Paul (“Journeys of Paul“) in Greece and Rome; and a film production about sustainable farming work being done in Kenya. Groups have also traveled to El Salvador to report on fair trade coffee, to Swaziland to give an account of the HIV/AIDS pandemic; and to various locations in the U.S., putting journalism skills to work while publishing a daily newspaper at biennial church-wide conventions.
For film studies, you can major in communication with a concentration in film, and spend a semester at the LA Film Studies School.