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Department of Communication

Mr. Bob Dickson, Chairperson

The basic elements of Christianity—evangelization (leading people to saving faith in Jesus Christ) and edification

(discipling believers to maturity)—require effective communication skills. The Department of Communication,

therefore, seeks to identify and develop the spiritual gifts of students relating to communication arts and sciences.

Courses in the Department of Communication emphasize the theory and practice of speech communication, and offer

hands-on experience in specific professional fields such as broadcast and print journalism, creative writing, editing,

graphic design, photography, computer graphics/animation, and video production/short and feature filmmaking.

Students majoring in Communication lay a foundation for careers in teaching, law, advertising, professional writing and

broadcasting, editing, digital video production, directing, digital video editing, graphic design, photography, missions,

and church-related multimedia production.

Students desiring to major in Communication may choose from four available emphases: Speech Communication,

Cinema & Digital Arts, Journalism, and Creative Writing & Publishing. They must take a minimum of 48 units, 15 of

which are specific required courses.

Cinema & Digital Arts

This emphasis offers a course of study for students interested in the visual media industry, including visual storytelling

and screenwriting, technical aspects of video editing and videography, lighting, sound, and production.

Creative Writing & Publishing

This emphasis offers a course of study for students interested in the various aspects of print and electronic publication,

including writing, publishing, editing, photography, and graphic design.

Journalism

This emphasis offers a course of study for students interested in the various and changing field of journalism, including

writing and reporting, sports photography, editing, public relations, media literacy, TV, radio, and multimedia/social

media journalism.

Speech Communication

Courses in this emphasis develop the student’s ability to think, write, and speak clearly and effectively. Communication

skills at both the interpersonal and public levels are stressed with the view of developing critical thinking skills and

problem-solving strategies. This area of concentration helps prepare students for such careers as speech teacher,

manager, salesperson, public relations practitioner, lawyer, and customer service representative.

General emphasis in Communication

Students can also choose a General emphasis, which allows courses from ALL listed emphases (along with the core

major courses). This emphasis gives students the flexibility to handpick courses specific to their unique interests, gifts,

and career goals under the umbrella of communication theory and practice.

COMMUNICATION CORE COURSES

C211

Introduction to Mass Communication.....................3

One of the following...............................................................................3

C371 Interpersonal Communication (3)

C391 Intercultural Communication (3)

One of the following...............................................................................3

C254 Journal and Autobiographical Writing (3)

C321 Screenwriting I (3)

C344 Article Writing (3)

C351 Creative Writing (3)

One of the following..............................................................................3

C382 Persuasion (3)

C481 Argumentation & Debate (3)

C472

Rhetorical Criticism.....................................................3

Total units required for core courses......................................................15