Communication

Overview

Welcome to the Communication major! Our goal is to give you a wide range of classes that cover the broad spectrum of communication. We will teach you how to speak effectively in front of an audience and in a small group. You will learn how to reach a mass audience using public relations and marketing skills. Most importantly, our students get hands-on practice through internships, PR/marketing campaigns, participation in plays and musicals, and in many other applied learning experiences.

The Communication major aims to promote an awareness of the complexities of the human communication process, to assist in the refinement of communication skills, and to encourage the free and responsible use of communication abilities and mediums. The study of communication is especially recommended for students who are considering future occupations or training in areas such as public relations, management, missions, journalism, counseling, the youth pastorate, marketing, consulting, law, media communications, personnel management, teaching or the ministry.

Course Requirements for B.A. in Communication

Course Requirements for B.S. in Communication

Course Requirements for a Communication Minor

Courses

Examples of courses in this major:

COM 2130 Interpersonal Communication

An examination of the process of communication and interpersonal relationships focusing on the role of the self, people perception, the environment, and the interaction of interpersonal orientations. Personal skills in resolving conflict and stimulating friendships are examined through exposure to theory, practical exercises, and the analysis of experiences in current relationships.

COM 2170 Communication Ethics and Theories

This course explores moral reasoning and practice in the communication field as well as the major theoretical approaches to communication. Case studies will be used to examine truth-telling, business pressures, deception, fairness, privacy, social justice, and the relationship between ethics, theories and practice. Applications in advertising, the entertainment industry, politics and the church.

COM 2700 Public Relations Principles

An introduction to the theory and practice of public relations, emphasizing its publics, management function, writing skills, communication processes, tools, and professional ethics. Each student will work with a community partner to facilitate some aspect of PR in a real-world setting.

COM 3320 Critical Media Studies

A critical survey of mass media, and its effect on societal structure. This course surveys media from a variety of perspectives in order to understand the role that media has in shaping various worldviews. It explores economic controls, governmental controls, problems, effects of media, and societal evolution of the information and entertainment media.

COM 3460 Organizational Communication and Behavior

A survey of various applications of communication theory to business and organizational life. Special emphasis is given to small groups, interviewing skills and persuasive proposals.

COM 3500 Communication Research Methods

A survey of the methods used in communication research. Students will examine, critique methods, as well as participate in their own research projects using the course instruction.

COM 4140 Argumentation and Debate

An examination of the logical structure and function of argument in oral and written discourse with special attention given to fallacies and test of evidence. Students will engage in two-person and four-person classroom debates.

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