Communication impacts all areas of our lives including organizational, small-group, online, interpersonal, and mass media. A major in Communication Studies provides a broad range of career choices and opens up opportunities through applied projects and field internships that provide you with portfolios as you pursue your calling. Concentrations in Mass Communication or Interpersonal & Public Communication allow you to design your degree according to your own career goals.
In Interpersonal & Public Communication (IPC) you will gain insights into the how and why of human interaction, as well as how to strategically represent yourselves and organizations. In the IPC concentration you will have the opportunity to focus on the knowledge and skills essential in Leadership, Public Relations and a number of other areas supported by the field of human communication. Hands-on experience can be gained through specific involvement in field-related work areas involving our several student-run media outlets and other department related activities. Additionally, through internships, you will have a chance to work alongside professionals in your desired career areas.
The concentration in Mass Communication provides you professional training that can lead directly to employment and service to the Kingdom in the field of mass communication by studying issues in mass media and production techniques as well as the theory behind both. The Communication Department maintains an FCC-licensed radio station, Eagle Radio, entirely for your use as well as graphic design and television and video production equipment enabling you to gain hands-on experience in your field. If you are interested in print media, you have the opportunity to gain practical experience on our student-run web-based newspaper, The Talon. You could also oversee production of The Forrester, college yearbook.
The learning objectives for this major include the following:
- Learning fundamental principles, generalization or theories of communication.
- Learning to apply course material in the context of professional communication.
- Developing skill in expressing oneself orally or in writing at a level appropriate of a professional communicator.
- Developing a clearer understanding of, and commitment to, personal biblical values—appropriate to a Christian communicator in intellectual and practical matters.
- Learning to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view of communication and communicative acts.
ON CAMPUS OPPORTUNITIES
- Eagle Vision (Video Production)
- Eagle Radio (Student Radio)
- The Talon (Student Newspaper)
- Forrester (College Yearbook)
- Media Studies
- Public Relations