Graduates of Mount Mercy University’s communication major learn skills necessary to communicate effectively through a variety of media, becoming a driving force behind innovation and progress.

Communication students at Mount Mercy focus their degree by choosing from two tracks — verbal communication or media communication. Through a thought-provoking curriculum, real-life experiences and internships, professional communication skills are practiced and refined, allowing graduates to move into their career with confidence.

Verbal Communication. Areas of focus within the verbal communication track include public speaking, group communication and developing strong writing skills. A communication degree with a verbal communication track is often connected with a major or minor in business or a liberal arts field such as political science or psychology. Students are prepared for any career that centers on writing and speaking as a professional skill — from business to law, ministry or politics.

Media Communication. The media communication track prepares students for careers centered on creating content — from publication design to web site development, computer-based video production and photography. A communication degree with a media track easily connects to and enhances an English, marketing or art degree.

No matter the track, students studying in Mount Mercy’s communication program partake in at least one internship with an established, local organization. Students have interned with the Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball team, St. Luke’s Hospital, Z102.9 radio station, Mercy Medical Center, Northwestern Mutual, Indian Creek Nature Center and Henry Russell Bruce advertising agency and marketing firm.

Beyond internships, communication studies majors at Mount Mercy have opportunities to gain professional experience, including:

Our alumni say Mount Mercy is the top school for communications studies in Iowa:

"A degree in communications from Mount Mercy instructs students on both theory and practice, allowing students to grasp theoretical concepts as well as hone their abilities in both the written and spoken word. The curriculum is phenomenal — students not only improve their communication practices, but they learn why these practices are effective, which enables them to continuously build and explore. As an admission counselor, this degree has given me the knowledge and skills necessary to craft strategic communication plans and competently engage with individuals from many diverse groups."

Danny Wayson ’14