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Department of Communication Studies

The mission of the Department of Communication Studies is to equip students with a better understanding of and skills in mass communication, human communication, research and performing arts. The department seeks to provide an appreciation and understanding of the history, theories, and techniques of mass communication and human communication while creatively engaging in the practice of multiple communication channels. Students are involved in varied activities to enhance their communication skills through writing, producing, directing, speaking, forensics research, drama, and community involvement. The faculty is committed to educating, training, advising and encouraging the students of Communication Studies to use developed skills as "God's creative and redemptive agents in today's world."

Faculty: Arnold Ytreeide (Department Chair), M. Brooke Adamson, Donna Allen

Learning Objectives:

  1. Graduates of the department and general education students will develop strong intellectual, social, and spiritual skills through a thorough understanding and application of intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, and organizational communication theory and technique.
  2. Graduates of the department and general education students will understand the many facets of communication events, technologies, and processes that shape, determine, and interpret messages.
  3. Graduates of the department and general education students will understand the fundamental role communication processes and skills play in building and maintaining a healthy and vibrant community.
  4. Graduates of the department and general education students will experience and be able to defend the value of employing communication theory, process, and skills in service to others, and to further the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Majors

Bachelor of Arts, Communication
Communication Science Emphasis
Public Relations Emphasis
Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communications
Communication Education Minors
Broadcasting
Communication
Media Production