To study communication at Goshen College is to develop your talents from day one (which is possible at a small school with individual attention from your professors). Whether you want to become a broadcaster or public relations practitioner, a graphic designer or reporter, a filmmaker or teacher, the college offers opportunities to be educated culturally and trained professionally.
Students are encouraged to publish and produce, shaping portfolios over four years. Practical experience is available through:
- The Record, a weekly newspaper
- 91.1 The Globe, an FM radio station (WGCS) that sends a signal 60 miles and streams worldwide
- The Correspondent, a television news show
- 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
One or more internships are required, depending on the major. In the last few years alone, students have interned with:
- Indianapolis Colts
- edible Michiana
- Fox 28 TV
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington
- IU Health Goshen Hospital
- The Elkhart Truth
- The South Bend Tribune
- Froggy 102.7 FM
- El Puente newspaper
- Community Foundation of Elkhart County
- Beacon Press
- Sojourners Magazine
- Voice of America
Communication is a dynamic field of study that prepares students for meaningful service and fulfilling careers. The department is committed to bridging studies in the classroom and applied work off campus, and to encouraging group contributions. In recent years, for example, teams of students and faculty have fanned out across the country to develop documentaries on Mennonite women of color, the “Journeys of Paul” in Greece and Rome, and development work in Kenya. As well, groups have traveled to El Salvador to report on fair trade coffee, to Swaziland to report on the HIV/AIDS pandemic; and spent a week in Pittsburgh and other locations, publishing a church convention newspaper.
For film studies, you can major in communication with a concentration in film, and spend a semester at the LA Film Studies School.