Opportunities & Organizations

Students in the department enjoy the following opportunities for professional development:

Department Speaker Series and Programs

Each year, the department hosts a day of activities with the recipient of its MediaMasters award, designed to honor an exemplary body of work in the communication or journalism field.

Pizza and Politics, co-sponsored with the Department of History, Politics, and Philosophy, showcases local and national political leaders and communicators.


Every major in the Department of Communication and Journalism is required to complete at least one internship.

Lipscomb communication majors have interned at dozens of locations in the last five years, including the following:

“Dateline: NBC,” E! Radio, the Golf Channel, Tennessee Titans, Titans Radio Network, CMT, WSMV-TV, NewsChannel5, Fox 17, 104.5 The Zone, 95.5 The Wolf, The City Paper, Country Music Association, Gospel Music Association, Universal Music Group, Provident Music, The Buntin Group, McNeely Pigott & Fox, Dell Corporation, Governor of Tennessee, Southern Hills Medical Center, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Youth Encouragement Services, and Nashville Zoo.

Off-Campus Study

Lipscomb University offers a number of global learning opportunities valuable to communication and journalism majors, including programs in Vienna, Chile, Europe and China, Washington, DC, and New York. Opportunities for off-campus study also are available through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities: the Los Angeles Film Studies Center and the Summer Institute of Journalism (held in Washington, D.C.). More information can be found at www.cccu.org.

Professional Societies

Majors are required to join COMMA (Communication Majors and Minors Association).

Students are encouraged to join these additional professional organizations sponsored by the department: the Broadcast Education Association, the Public Relations Student Society of America, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Career Opportunities

The majors in Communication and Journalism are flexible degrees. Many employers cite writing and oral communication skills and an understanding of communication processes as the basic skills for a variety of positions.

  • Broadcast, print, and online Journalism
  • Education
  • Government and political campaigns
  • Social Advocacy
  • Public Relations and Advertising
  • Corporate Communications
  • Personnel management
  • Labor-management relations
  • Counseling
  • Sales
  • Ministry
  • Law