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Bala Musa, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3490
Bala A. Musa, Ph.D., is a communication studies generalist and teaches human communication, corporate communication, media studies, and journalism courses. He employs a learner-centered, integrative approach to teaching that makes learning relevant, contextual, transformative, and engaging. As a teacher, scholar, and mentor, Musa models the belief in teaching as a mode of friendship and a commitment to holistic excellence.

His research interests include mass media ethics, communication and conflict, international and development communication, as well as media and popular culture. He is active in many national, regional, and international academic and professional associations. He currently serves on the editorial board of the American Communication Journal and the Journal of African Social Sciences and Humanities Studies.


  • Ph.D. - Mass Communication, Regent University
  • M.A. - Management, Azusa Pacific University
  • M.S. - Mass Communication, University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • B.A. - Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Department of Communication Studies


  • Communication Studies
  • International and Intercultural Communication
  • Journalism and Media Studies

Courses Taught

  • COMM 200 – Introduction to Mass Communication
  • COMM 310 – Intercultural Communications
  • COMM 330 – Small-group Communication
  • COMM 430 – Organizational Communication
  • COMM 496 – Senior Seminar: Ethics in Human Communication
  • JOUR 250 – Public Relations
  • JOUR 305 – Media Law and Ethics
  • JOUR 315 – Multimedia Publishing and Design
  • JOUR 325 – Newspaper Workshop
  • LDRS 561 – Group and Conflict Issues in Leadership