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Communication and Performance Studies

Learn to combine your natural creativity and imagination with critical thinking and analytical skills—all while keeping pace with emerging technology. If your goal is to work in journalism, audio/video production, public relations, or theater and entertainment arts, we can help make it a reality. Or you can enter graduate school or many other professional fields equipped with vital skills learned in general communication studies.

Experience learning

Gain journalism experience through Public Eye News, the student-run TV program; produce award-winning video/audio content in professionally equipped studios; create and execute PR campaigns for real-life clients; and work onstage or backstage for five major theater productions per year. CAPS faculty also connect students to valuable internship programs that will enhance your career prospects. Read about some of the student experiences you can have on campus.

Career excellence

Graduates in communication-related disciplines are prepared for a large variety of career paths that the U.S. Department of Labor predicts will experience increasing employment opportunities. In addition, communication and performance studies graduates possess skills that provide great professional flexibility in rapidly changing industries.

Regardless of which major youOften, NMU students are acknowledged for their work in sports play-by-play or newscast at the annual Michigan Association of Broadcasters Awards. Congratulations to those who receive recognition!Recent <a href="https://events.nmu.edu/event/caps_audio_recording_studio_upgraded">upgrades</a> to Northern Michigan UniversityStudents gain real-life experiences and earn internships like the one Jill Vermeulen earned with the <a href="http://www.miningjournal.net/life/2017/07/an-electrifying-experience/"> Adirondack Theatre Festival</a>. See a <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/caps/special-learning-opportunities">list</a> of academic experiences available to students.Stay up-to-date with everything going on in the CAPS department with <a href="/caps/caps-newsletters">alumni and friends newsletter</a>.Local band, Waawiyeyaa, which means circle in English, recorded their first album in the CAPS audio studio early in June. Dan Zini, CAPS student/staff, was the recording engineer and both Joe Biron, CAPS student, and Martin Reinhardt, associate professor in NMU

Degrees Offered

What you'll do at NMU

Assist in faculty research and develop your portfolio. Edit your video or interview on fully digital broadcast equipment in the McClintock Building and state-of-the-art facilities at public stations WNMU-TV and WNMU-FM. You can even hone your on-air DJ skills on WUPX-FM (Radio X), the independent student radio station. Theater and entertainment arts majors enjoy at least one field studies experience over the course of their degree program— either at the Stratford Festival in Ontario or in the heart of Broadway in New York City. Students in the NMU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America travel and mingle at PRSSA conferences and have been elected to regional/national office.

Communication and Performance Studies Departmentcaps@nmu906-227-2045

If you have college credit and want to find out what will transfer to NMU, please visit www.nmu.edu/transfercredit