Communication Arts Bachelor's Degree Program Overview

Use the power of the written and spoken word to transform the Catholic Church and culture through the communication arts bachelor’s degree program at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. With concentrations in multimedia, digital broadcasting and production, and journalism, as well as a new concentration in film studies, you can focus your communication arts bachelor’s degree at Franciscan University — and be ready for jobs for communication degrees. No matter which of the concentrations you choose, you’ll prepare a well-reasoned, project-oriented capstone thesis your senior year. Learn the many ways society produces and processes information — and how to create and share stories to make an impact in communications and on culture.

Communicate truth through news and entertainment

By majoring in communications at Franciscan University in Ohio, you’ll receive a Catholic education that positions you to be a global leader in the world of media. Beginning in your first year at Franciscan, your communications major emphasizes practicing ethical and truthful communication in all areas of news, entertainment/edutainment, digital audio and video production, podcasts, commercials, and editorial/commentaries.

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Here are just a few other ways Franciscan’s communication arts degree program in Ohio stands out from the rest:

  • Financial aid and scholarships: The staff at the Financial Aid Office at Franciscan University will help ensure you receive an affordable Catholic education by connecting you with scholarships, grants, loans, and ROTC and work opportunities.
  • Applied learning: Enhance your degree in communications through service learning opportunities right on the Ohio campus through Franciscan’s online student newspaper, The Troubadour; the monthly broadcast Franciscan University Presents; and Franciscan’s on-campus radio station, 88.3
  • Varied internship opportunities: Follow Franciscan’s successful communications alumni who have interned in Ohio and across the nation at a wide variety of venues, including ESPN; WTOV-9; EWTN; Remote Control Prods., Hans Zimmer’s post-production company; and KDKA.
  • Industry-experienced professors: You’ll learn from full-time faculty members who have decades of combined industry experience. They’re well published and have presented original research at academic conferences. Your professors are dedicated to promoting a Catholic worldview of social communication.
  • Distinctive courses: Relevant courses, such as Graphic Design, Independent Digital Filmmaking, Cinema Studies, and News Reporting, will prepare you for your communications career.
  • Jobs for communication degrees: Franciscan University communications majors have gone on to work in major film and broadcast operations, such as EWTN, Paramount Studios, and Fox News; church communication offices, including the Diocese of Los Angeles; and a variety of print and multimedia operations.
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With your communication arts bachelor’s degree at Franciscan in Ohio, you’ll be well positioned to continue your graduate studies at Franciscan or other universities, or to be in demand for jobs for communication degrees.

Graduate Programs for Communication Arts Majors

  • Master of Interactive Design and Digital Media
  • Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking
  • Master of Science in Communication
  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Arts in Corporate Communication
  • Master of Arts in Journalism
  • Master of Arts in Broadcast Journalism


Potential Jobs for Communication Arts Majors

  • Advertising Sales Representative
  • Animator
  • Audio Engineer
  • Cinematographer
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate Communications Director
  • Filmmaker
  • Marketing Director
  • Master Control Technician or Operator
  • News Photographer
  • Television Producer
  • Podcaster
  • Public Affairs Media Specialist
  • Radio Announcer
  • Radio Engineer
  • Social Media Influencer
  • Video Editor
  • Web Designer
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The Troubadour

Through The Troubadour, Franciscan’s online newspaper, you’ll gain invaluable experience while keeping the Franciscan campus community, alumni, and friends well informed. Grow your leadership skills by serving on the newspaper staff, from photo editor to social media manager. Established in 1947, The Troubadour includes news, features, sports, editorials, columns, and opinions.

Franciscan Presents

An hour-long program produced here on campus during the academic semesters and broadcast monthly the Eternal Word Television Network.

88.3 WFRScc Radio

At our campus student digital streaming radio station, 88.3, you can practice your podcasting skills talking about your faith, play Christian music by popular artists, read newscasts and sportscasts, and more. Learn how to run a digital streaming radio station with our SIMIAN automation software.

Austrian Semester

Grow, develop, and be formed into a more mature student by spending a semester in Franciscan’s Austrian program. You’ll expand your major in unbelievable ways by traveling to places such as Rome and the holy sites of Christendom, and through courses taught at a 14th-century monastery that also serves as your home.

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Dr. Eugene Gan

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Prof. Benjamin Harris

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Dr. Wayne Lewis

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Dr. David Schaefer

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