The communication major is designed to enhance students’ skills in oral, written, and visual communication. The major offers emphases in business communication, contemporary media, and relational communication in preparation for communication careers in areas such as public relations, human resources, ministry, and business.

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication will be able to:

  • plan and conduct hypothesis-testing original research projects
  • modify oral, written, and visual messages appropriately for different channels of communication
  • create professional presentations that indicate clear adaptation to the audience in terms of age, background, and expectations
  • write professional-level messages designed for specific publication outlets and audiences
  • understand and apply communication theories
  • understand how communication is affected by context and genre
  • understand how to communicate in an ethical, biblical manner

Requirements total 48 hours, including 33 hours of core courses and 15 hours from one of three emphases. (Note: Students must have the permission of the communication department chair to pursue more than one emphasis. Appropriate substitutions for overlapping courses will be determined for those students.)

Core

Overview of Communication
Select three of the following9
Introduction to Communication
Mass Communication May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.
Intercultural Communication May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.
Interpersonal Communication
Communication in Practice
COM 112Speech May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.3
COM 255Writing for Publication3
COM 260Student Publication I3
COM 360Student Publication II3
COM 445Internship3
GPH 105Foundational Design Software May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.3
GPH 205Intermediate Design Software3
or COM 281 Social and Interactive Media Strategies
COM 490Communication Capstone3
Emphases
Select one of the following emphases.15
Total Hours48

Emphases

Business Communication Emphasis

BUS 111Principles of Management3
or BUS 113 Principles of Marketing
or BUS 115 Human Resources Management
BUS 334Advertising3
COM 140Introduction to Public Relations3
COM 210XBusiness Communication3
COM 334Group and Organizational Communication3
Total Hours15

Contemporary Media Emphasis

COM 140Introduction to Public Relations3
GPH 110Design Foundations3
GPH 210Tangible Design3
GPH 230Introduction to Photography May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.3
or GPH 260 Typography
or GPH 385 Digital Storytelling
GPH 305Advanced Design Software3
or BUS 388 Digital Analytics
Total Hours15

Relational Communication Emphasis

COM 334Group and Organizational Communication May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.3
COM 338Gender and Family Communication May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.3
PSY 220Interpersonal Skills Training May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.3
PSY 300Personality Theories3
or PSY 350X Social Psychology
Select one of the following:3
Leadership Dynamics
Crisis Intervention
Psychology of Addiction May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.
Total Hours15