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. Our theatre and film classes give you insight into the world of the performing arts. 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, theatre, 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


Examples of courses in this major:

COM 1130 Introduction to Mass Communication

A survey of mass media in society, including newspapers, magazines, radio, the recording industry, television, film, Internet, advertising, photojournalism and communication theory. This course covers the history, economic controls, governmental controls, problems, effects of research, and societal importance of the information and entertainment media.

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 3210 Introduction to Theatre

An overview of the field of theatre including history, current practices, the analysis of scripts, design and directing. A section on musical theatre is also included. Students work with a small group to write and perform their own sketches at the end of the semester.

COM 3300 Film, Faith and Popular Culture

This course examines the state of contemporary culture as mirrored in film and raises questions about the connection that exists between film and faith. Issues of particular concern are film views of race, gender and violence.

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 4230 Public Relations Principles

An introduction to the theory and practice of public relations, which emphasizes PR's management function, necessary writing skills, communication processes, tools and professional ethics.