The Department of Communication covers communication in its multifaceted dimensions—from nonverbal communication to media criticism, public speaking to public relations crisis management, cross-cultural communication to writing and podcasting the journalistic news and feature stories, and the history of mass communication to principles of communicating in organizations. In addition to preparing for graduate school, graduates forge successful careers in a wide range of media-based jobs, including public relations, journalism and a variety of non-media areas that use communication as the central tool for accomplishing objectives—such as human resources, intercultural ministry and missions, information management, event coordination and teaching.
Majors in Communication
The Department of Communication offers three majors, leading to a bachelor of arts degree: communication studies, journalism and public relations.
All students seeking the bachelor of arts degree in the communication program complete five foundational courses for a total of 15 hours. These courses address the central issues within the discipline from a Christian perspective and also lay a foundation in writing skills for the media. They include CO 111 Introduction to Communication, CO 213 Social Media, CO 241 Introduction to News Writing, CO 246 Interpersonal Communication and CO 481 Mass Communication.
The communication studies major allows students to gain a solid grasp of communication principles while exploring additional skill areas both inside the Communication Department and in a chosen area outside the department. By combining communication fundamentals with a focus on an outside area (such as science, literature, music, business, marketing, education or ministry), students can prepare to carve out a specialized niche in a field of work. Students who plan to later pursue a graduate degree may choose the communication studies major in order to gain expertise in interpersonal, organizational, cross-cultural and mass communication theory. In addition to the foundational communication courses (CO 111, 213, 241, 246, and 481), students in the communication studies major complete CO 266, 380, 421, and 485; six hours from CO 322, 346, 370, 371, 381, 395 (up to three times), and 495; and six hours from 300 or 400 level complementary courses outside the Communication Department.
Students in the journalism major complete, in addition to the foundational communication courses (CO 111, 213, 241, 246, and 481), 31 hours in journalism courses for a total of 46 hours in the major. Requirements in the journalism major include CO 331, 342, 381, 485; four hours of CO 395JOUR; one hour of CO 395PREL; AR 107, 241L; and EN 391; and eight additional hours from CO 266, 322, 346, 371, 421, 495, DM 155 and 341. Journalism students are encouraged to complete a minor in another discipline such as history, political science, business or education as additional preparation for a career in journalism.
Students in the public relations major complete the 15 hours of foundational communication courses (CO 111, 213, 241, 246, and 481) and 29 hours in public relations courses to total 44 hours in the major. Requirements in the public relations major include CO 331, 346, 370; two hours of CO 395JOUR; three hours of CO 395PREL; DM 341; AR 241L; BA 281, 312; and six hours from CO 266, 322, 371, 381, 421, 485, 495, and DM 155.
Students may earn a minor in communication studies by completing CO 111, 213, 241, 246; and ten hours selected from CO 266, 322, 346, 370, 371, 395 (one hour), 421, 481, and 485. Students may earn a minor in journalism by completing CO 111, 213, 241, 331, 342; four hours of CO 395JOUR; AR 107, and 241L. Students may earn a minor in public relations by completing CO 111, 241, 331, 346; one hour of CO 395JOUR; two hours of CO 395PREL; AR 241L; BA 281 and 312.