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Visual Communication Minor

This interdisciplinary minor includes courses on media studies, journalism, art and graphic design. You will learn to use the tools embraced by visual communicators to design and evaluate effective messages both in print and online. This multidisciplinary exploration of both theory and skills will enhance your communication skills and prepare you for a range of professional opportunities.

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, communications specialist, Hanford Mission Integration Solutions
  • 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

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Ask Erica

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

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Ask Katie

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

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Ask Ben

Instructor Ben Necochea specializes in graphic design.

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