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Bala Musa, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3490
Bala A. Musa, Ph.D., is Chair and Professor of Communication Studies. A communication studies generalist, Musa 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
    • 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