Academic Catalog 2008-2009 
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Academic Catalog 2008-2009 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Major

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Communication students develop competencies in public speaking and debate, critical thinking and argumentation, interpersonal and group communication, theory and research, and public relations and media; however, the major is designed to offer students the opportunity to tailor their program to focus on rhetoric – public speaking and debate – or media. The students are challenged to evaluate the study of communication from the standpoint of our Christian faith; and, they are encouraged to develop their skills in order to be more passionate and Christ-like communicators. Students trained in communication are equipped for a variety of careers within the rapidly changing field of communication as well as in law, politics, business, education, and ministry. Our graduates are also prepared for advanced degrees in communication and in professional fields such as law and education.


The Bachelor of Arts in Communication requires a minimum of 128 semester hours, including all general education and biblical studies requirements, electives, and the major courses noted below.

General Education Requirements

Communication (9 credit hours)

Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)

Behavioral and Social Sciences (9 credit hours)

(only 6 of the 9 credits may be from the same course prefix category)


Choose at least 3, but not more than 6 credits from among any 100 or 200
level HIS courses.

Social Science

Choose up to 6 credit hours of 100 or 200 level courses from the following categories:

ECO, GEO, GLS (except GLS 225 ), any GLS 300 Exploring World Cultures course, POL, PSY, SOC

Integrative Studies (6 credit hours)

*Please see the First-Year Integration (FYI)  page for specific information about this required course.

Mathematics (3 credit hours)

Natural Science (8 credit hours)

At least one lab science in one of the following: biology, chemistry, earth science, physical science, or physics and additional credits from these areas to meet a minimum of 8 credits in the sciences

Foreign Language

To earn the Bachelor of Arts, a student must demonstrate proficiency by completing a 2-semester sequence (a minimum of 6 credit hours) in one foreign language (including American Sign Language). Language courses identified as “conversational” do not meet this requirement.

Communication Major Courses

The student majoring in Communication will complete a total of 36 semester hours in communication study. These 36 hours will be comprised by a minimum of 21 hours in the required core and an additional 15 hours in communication electives, which may be applied to an emphasis in Mass Media or Rhetoric.

Communication Electives with a COM prefix (15 credit hours)

Emphasis - 12 credit hours

While an emphasis is not required for the Communication major, it is an opportunity for students to participate in specialized coursework geared towards either Mass Media or Rhetoric.To earn an emphasis, 12 of the 15 total electives for the major must be taken in the following courses:

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