Spring Arbor University

Department of Communication and Media

For real-world education and training in communication arts, Spring Arbor University is the school of choice for undergraduate students. With facilities sporting the latest in industry technology and intimate classes with Christ-centered learning, SAU students in the department of communication regularly win state and national awards with their work.

Undergraduate programs

Our mission is to prepare credible, creative Christian professionals for a world where the mastery of communication skills and technologies is essential. We accomplish our mission by helping students produce, publish and perform original work that is both ethical and effective. Even though we have seven undergraduate majors, there is a strong sense of community fostered by department-wide programs, collaborative projects and shared course requirements. SAU offers majors and minors in the following programs:

Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership

Offered entirely online, graduate studies in communication at Spring Arbor University offers aspiring scholars and working professionals the opportunity to hone their skill sets and advance their careers without interrupting their schedules. The Master of Arts in Communication (MCOM) is a 38-semester hour program which brings both theoretical and Christian perspectives to bear on practical problems and provides you with a foundational understanding of communication through an interdisciplinary foundation and core of 14-17 semester hours. An additional 12 semesters hours (minimum) of coursework will be accomplished in the specific concentration plus appropriate electives and a culminating activity (thesis or portfolio) of two semester hours allows you to design, implement and evaluate a project which effectively applies an interdisciplinary understanding of communication studies to a real-life situation. Learn more about the Master of Arts in Communication.

Hands-on curriculum

Hands-on curriculum

Extracurricular opportunities

The department provides opportunities to students from any major to participate in radio, video, drama, and student publications. This includes a sketch-comedy TV show, a student newspaper, several plays including one for freshmen and transfers only, and a film festival.

Vocational preparation

The curriculum stresses speaking and writing skills but focuses on reality-based experiences with creative teams, real clients and productions. Students in the Bachelor of Science program are also part of an 8 credit hour agency experience. All students create or perform portfolio pieces.

Student achievement

Student achievement

Each year, students win contests, attend conferences, do research, write and direct plays and work with clients. We’ve won as many as 20 state and national awards a year for student work.

Undergraduate Achievements

  • SAU film/video students Karina Mora and Brendan Lay were on set for most of the 31-day shoot for the film, The Job, filming and editing material for the special features track on the DVD release of the film. The film stars Patrick Fleuger (Princess Diaries), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Taryn Manning (White Oleander, The Twilight Zone) and Joe Pantliano (The Soprano’s).
  • Video/Film student Cy Young completed a year of shooting and editing for a project commissioned by the Dahlem Nature Conservancy. Young shot footage to showcase the Dahlem Environmental Nature Center in all four seasons and show highlights of programs it hosts throughout the year. Young was on-hand when the video was shown to 280 guests at the Conservancy’s first annual Benefit Breakfast and the kickoff of the Conservancy’s capital campaign.
  • Students gained internships at SMILE.FM (Felice Wojewski), Campbell-Ewald advertising (Amanda Philips) Scott Allen advertising (Jaclyn Hildenbrand) (advertising agencies in Detroit) and Three Rivers Community News (Aaron Muller).

Graduate Achievements

  • Rich Mortland was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives (71st District) in 2011.
  • Mark Ward, Sr., graduated from Clemson University’s doctoral program and began teaching at the University of Houston – Victoria.
  • Jillian Moller started teaching at Lonestar College in Houston. She writes, “The department chair was really impressed with how prepared I was—all stuff I learned at SAU.”
  • Christy Mesaros Winckles is completing her doctoral studies at Bowling Green State University in rhetorical studies with an emphasis on the historical rhetoric of 19th century women evangelists.
  • Chad Nelson and Alexandra Wantke, both recent MCOM graduates, started doctoral programs this fall (Chad at Bowling Green State University and Alexandra at Regent University).
  • Annette Ford traveled from Kazakhstan to the main campus of Spring Arbor University in 2011 to speak in chapel on her work and life.
  • Dr. Richard Harris, MCOM student and adjunct professor for SAU’s undergraduate speech class, was recently featured in the Spring Arbor University JournalMCOM student Kelly Skarritt-Williams interviewed Richard and shared his powerful testimony.
  • Candice Harrison has been hired as Director of Health Care Marketing for the University of Toledo Medical Center.
  • Julie Hand received the “2011 Outstanding Administrator Award” at Jackson College where she is the Assistant Dean of Student Service.

MacBook requirement

MacBook requirement

All communication majors are required to have either a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. For more information regarding this requirement please contact your Admissions Representative or the Department of Communication and Media secretary, Mary Greer, at 517.750.6483 or Mary.Greer@arbor.edu.

SAU Radio

SAU Radio

For more than four decades, fans of broadcast radio have been blessed with programming offered by staff and students of Spring Arbor University. First signing on to the air on June 29, 1963 with 10 watts of power, WSAE-FM was the University’s first station.

SAU Radio has since grown to multiple stations broadcasting multiple formats across the globe via translators and Web-based streaming technologies. Though technologies and music have changed over the years, the heart of SAU Radio has not. The University remains committed to offering its listeners inspirational experiences when tuned in, while training students hands-on and equipping them for careers in broadcasting.


Offering a unique blend of mainstream and Christian music, HOME.fm is fresh, fun and unique. It’s radio the way it should be. HOME.fm’s team helps listeners enjoy their day through entertaining programming that airs today’s favorite music and latest news. Check out the station’s website.

89.3 the Message

The Message, formerly 89.3 The VIBE, hit the airwaves on Wednesday, August 27, 2008. The Message airs music and talk programming to develop your faith and strengthen your walk. It is Your Positive Connection. You can tune to it on your FM dial at 89.3 FM.

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