B.A. in Communication

Overview

ACU’s Communication Major program prepares students for life by training them to be persons of influence, teaching skills for a variety of communication situations and career fields. Key skills taught include writing and speaking, media producing and content creation. The motto for the Communication Major is “Read, Think, Create.” In your studies, you will read diverse ideas about communication from both mainstream and faith-based thinkers. Then, you will think about and reflect upon those ideas. Finally, you will respond to those ideas by creating a variety of projects using your writing, speaking, or content creation skills. As students complete their program, we ask students to consider how they will use their communication skills to transform culture with the truth.

Why Communication at ACU?

ACU’s Communication program offers several unique advantages:

  • The skills taught in the Communication program have great transferability and applicability to a wide variety of job fields.
  • ACU offers the opportunity to explore and understand today’s mediated world and how the Christian faith can inform one’s response to it.
  • Students have access to learn and use multimedia equipment as early as their freshman year.
  • Through the program’s partnership with different university departments, students get real-world opportunities, such as creating marketing content or producing livestream chapel programs.

What will I study?

Among the concepts students will encounter in the Communication Major are:

  • Covenantal Communication
  • Journalistic Writing
  • Non-linear audio and video editing with Adobe Premiere and/or DaVinci Resolve software
  • Charismatic Public Speaking and Persuasion
  • Theories of Neil Postman/Marshall McLuhan
  • The Prophetic Burden of media usage
  • Shalom-based Communication Ethics

Career Paths

Communication Major program graduates are prepared to enter a variety of career fields, including:

  • Video Editing/Content Creation
  • Visual Storytelling/Filmmaking
  • Public Relations
  • Strategic Communication
  • Graduate School Prep
  • News Writing/Reporting
  • Blogging/Website Creation

Department of Communication Studies

Arizona Christian University
Building 2000
1 W. Firestorm Way
Glendale, AZ 85306

  Phone:
(602) 386-4111

  Email:
[email protected]

Academic Major Courses

Students in the Campus program are required to earn 40 units in the major. Major core requirements accumulate to 34 units and Communication Electives accumulate to 6 units. Students in the Online program are required to earn 36 units in the major. Major core requirements in the online program account for all 36 units.

Note: Courses with an asterisk (*) carry a pre-requisite. Courses with a caret (^) may be repeated up to two times (as COM 287 and COM 297) for a total of 3 credits.

Campus

CourseCourse NameCredits
COM 203Introduction to Communication3
COM 210Introduction to Journalism*3
COM 215Multi-Media Production3
Choose OneCMI 102 Intercultural Studies
COM 220 Interpersonal Communication
COM 230 Persuasion
3
COM 277Communication Practicum I* ^1
COM 300Communication Theory*3
Choose OneCOM 235 Media History
COM 242 Film History
3
Choose One

COM 240 Redemptive Narratives in Film
COM 250 Faith and Media
3
Choose OneCOM 330 Rhetorical Criticism
COM 350 Media and Society
COM 370 Communication, Culture & the Christian Faith
COM 380 Advertising and Communication
3
COM 470Communication Ethics* 3
COM 497Communication Internship* 3
COM ___Communication Elective3
COM ___Communication Elective3
COM 490CORE Capstone3

Online

CourseCourse NameCredits
COM 203Introduction to Communication3
COM 210Introduction to Journalism*3
COM 215Multi-Media Production3
COM 220Interpersonal Communication3
COM 230Persuasion3
COM 235Media History3
COM 250Faith and Media3
COM 300Communication Theory*3
COM 350Media and Society3
COM 370Communication, Culture & the Christian Faith3
COM 470Communication Ethics* 3
COM 490CORE Capstone3