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Waldorf Adds Three-Year Bachelor's Degree

Jason Eck

Waldorf College, a liberal arts college based in Forest City, Iowa, now offers an accelerated three-year Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.  The program, as with the current four-year communications program, features tracks in radio, television and video production, journalism, public relations and graphic design.

With the recent economic downturn, accelerated three-year programs offer an important incentive for college-bound students. According to the Washington Post, at a past American Council on Education conference, former U.S. Education Secretary Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that three-year bachelor's degree programs are “the higher ed equivalent of a fuel-efficient car.” Also, the three-year program saves time and allows students to enter the workforce sooner or further their education (e.g. master’s degree) more quickly.

Waldorf three-year and four-year degree programs offer small classes with personal attention from qualified professors, access to state-of-the-art equipment, hands-on, interactive learning and a creative method of teaching that stresses critical thinking. Communication professors all possess extensive career experience enabling them to equip students with real-life knowledge and experiences.

Communications students will gain their own real-life experiences via two required internships as part of the degree program. Past students have secured internships locally, regionally and nationally, with organizations such as Access Hollywood, Fox Sports Boston, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., WHO-TV and the Chicago Bulls organization.

Practical experiences are also available through the Waldorf newspaper, the Lobbyist, radio, KZOW-FM, and TV, WAL-TV, broadcast stations or the school’s quarterly magazine, the Torch. The Lobbyist newspaper has received national awards three times in the past 10 years. KZOW-FM was the first all-digital, student-run radio station in Iowa. Waldorf broadcast facilities are among the finest in the nation with Sony Betacams, a dedicated digital video editing lab, a modern TV studio and multiple editing systems.

In the classroom, communications majors are usually enrolled in a communications class from their first semester at Waldorf and take at least one course each following semester.Labs are open 24/7 and are continually updated to provide students with access to the latest communication equipment and software.

An added bonus of the degree programs: Communications students are eligible for a three-week trip to Europe every other year. Past students have visited countries such as Italy, France and England.

To learn more about Waldorf College and the accelerated three-year communications degree, please visit or contact the admissions office at 800-292-1903.