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Wildcat Days

On Saturday, April 3, 1-3pm (Central), you will have an opportunity to learn more about the School of Communication, and meet with faculty, advisors, and staff in your department.

1:00 pm – Visit this webpage for a welcome video from Dean Johnson.

1:15 pm – Attend virtual sessions by each department via the registration information provided by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Register for sessions

Welcome from the Dean

Congratulations! I am delighted to learn that you were admitted to the School of Communication (SoC) Class of 2025. I know that your loved ones are also pleased that you have the opportunity to join our incoming class of new students.

I acknowledge the extraordinary circumstances in which you’re finishing your high school journey, and I applaud you for overcoming the many challenges and disruptions marking your final year of high school. Know that I see you; I commend your resilience and am quite impressed at how you managed these uncertainties and still kept laser focus on your important next steps.

While we look forward to resuming full-time campus activities in Evanston when it is safe and recommended, we’ve identified opportunities to apply the lessons of pandemic-era learning to assist us in becoming a more innovative, nimble, empathetic, inclusive, and creative community. We continue to be a global leader in the communication arts and sciences. The following are just some possible pathways should you choose the SoC:

  • Robust curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students to study and practice playwriting, screenwriting, songwriting, and writing for digital media.
  • A contemporary, experience-driven liberal arts approach toward theatre, which includes theatre history, acting, music theatre, playwriting, management, theatre for young audiences, and design. We have expanded our curriculum to emphasize works outside of the traditional “canon,” which will give agency to actors and writers from historically underrepresented groups.
  • A dance curriculum that includes dance history, composition, and choreography. Students prepare for careers in performance, dance writing, education, choreography, dance therapy, and administration.
  • A radio/television/film (RTVF) program that supports screenwriting, documentary media, sound production, and media analysis. Student work regularly wins awards in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Pre-professional research and clinical knowledge opportunities in the human communication sciences (HCS). Our students are not only eager researchers and budding clinicians, but also advocates who support health and communication in diverse populations.
  • An ever-evolving examination of our communication landscape in the communication studies program. With foundations in rhetoric, digital media, and debate, this interdisciplinary field offers endless customization.
  • A rigorous examination of performance and ethnography. Performance studies students are thoughtful and engage performance on stage, in protest, in politics, or beyond. The SoC is renowned in this field.
  • Our internship, research practicum, and independent study courses provide opportunities for students to engage with faculty, alumni, and leadership partners to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the real world. Many leading firms and organizations host our students in internships. Both SoC and Northwestern University provide funding to support independent student research and some summer internships.

This is only a taste of the opportunities you may pursue as a student here in the SoC, and barely touches on the brilliant faculty, ample resources, professional alumni connections, international pursuits, and supportive advising of which we’re so proud. More information can be found on our website. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Office of Undergraduate Programs and Advising at dear-soc@northwestern.edu with any questions you may have. Our academic advising team will host Zoom meetings for each department on Saturday afternoon, April 3, between 1:00 and 3:00 PM CDT. Please join us in one of those sessions.

We look forward to welcoming you in the Fall of 2021!

Go ‘Cats

E. Patrick Johnson
Dean, School of Communication
Annenberg University Professor

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