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Visual Communication Minor

This interdisciplinary minor includes courses on mass communication, journalism, art and graphic design. You will learn to use professional computer software to design and evaluate effective visual media, both in print and online. By approaching communication both visually and verbally, with the aid of current technology, you will be able to multiply the effectiveness of your messages.

Why study visual communication at Whitworth?

  • Take part in internships that connect you with professionals in journalism, photography or graphic design and build your résumé.
  • Gain hands-on experience on campus. Work for campus media like The Whitworthian, the student-run newspaper, or serve with Beyond the Pines, Whitworth's student-run public relations agency that provides services to local nonprofits.
  • Benefit from small class sizes and caring professors who are active in their fields.
  • Incorporate multiple passions and interests. Visual communication students take courses in both the communication studies and art departments.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our visual communication grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Graduates with a visual communication minor have gone on to careers in journalism, public relations, graphic arts, marketing, business and nonprofits.

Recent job placements include:

  • Kyle Kim, graphics and data journalist, Los Angeles Times
  • Shyanne Palmus, community programs & public relations coordinator for Benton County, Wash.
  • Emily Carney, digital marketing specialist, Medical Teams International
  • Jasmine Linabary, assistant professor of communication and theatre, Emporia State University
  • Evan Edstrom, embedded linux platform engineer, Impinj
  • Matt Landon, category information analyst, Nike
  • Jeff Skaggs, web designer, Legwork PRM

Ask our faculty

Ask Erica

Associate Professor Erica Salkin's areas of expertise include journalism, media and law, public relations, and digital communication.

Ask Bradley

Associate Professor Bradley Oiler's areas of expertise are graphic design and visual design in computing.

Ask Katie

Associate Professor Katie Creyts' areas of expertise are glass, sculpture, arts administration and community arts.

Ask Gordon

Professor Gordon Wilson specializes in drawing, painting and art education.

What related majors can I explore?