About the Department
The Department of Communication Studies offers undergraduate degree programs in communication studies, journalism, and public relations, supports the university General Education program through both required and elective course offerings, and is responsible for the forensics program, student publications, and the campus radio station. Emphasis is placed upon the application of Christian truth and values to the study of communication theories and processes, consideration of ethical issues, and the mastery of current scholarship in each field.
The Department of Communication Studies prepares students who can:
- Apply the basic concepts of communication theory and research to their life's work.
- Incorporate individual and group communication styles that relate to the achievement of their personal and professional goals.
- Utilize appropriate communication skills for solving problems, making decisions, managing conflict, executing change strategies, and promoting the intellectual, spiritual, and emotional growth of those with whom they live and work.
- Understand the moral and ethical implications of the communicator's responsibilities in the construction of social worlds.
The Department of Communication Studies offers three distinct Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication Studies, Journalism, and Public Relations.
The communication studies major is tailored toward a variety of student interests. Students must complete a core of courses as well as complete courses in an area of concentration. The three areas of concentration are: interpersonal and organizational communication; media studies; and rhetoric and public address.
The journalism major offers an in-depth study of journalism and mass communication, giving practical experience in writing, reporting, editing, and publication production and management.
The public relations major focuses on a combination of theory and practice, preparing students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in public relations careers such as nonprofit and social causes, sports PR, event planning, and public relations in entertainment.
The department also offers minors in communication studies, journalism, and public relations.
Department GPA Requirements
To graduate as a communication studies or journalism major, students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in their major coursework. Any student participating in the department’s cocurricular activities (forensics, media production) must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average.
To enhance their career opportunities, students are required to complete a 3-unit communication internship prior to graduation. Graduates enter professions in the media, journalism, public relations or advertising, law, education, communications research, ministry, consulting, and sales. Many will go on to graduate school in communications or to law school.