Minor in Communication
While newspapers may soon be a thing of the past, journalism itself is alive and well. The need for journalists—those who seek truth and convey that truth to the public clearly and boldly—is greater than ever. The Broadcast Journalism emphasis within the Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree at ACU prepares you for the demanding world of multimedia journalism. Coursework trains you in journalistic writing, media editing, visual storytelling, and legal issues related to media while affording you an opportunity to apply these skills in broadcast situations.
Why Communication at ACU?
In addition to a faculty to student ratio of 17:1 and a rigorous and biblically-integrated curriculum, ACU’s Communication program offers several unique advantages:
- The skills taught in the Broadcast Journalism 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 ACU Athletics, students have the opportunity to practice and apply journalism skills in live broadcast-like settings.
- All Communication students complete an internship related to their personal interests to deepen their learning experience
What will I study?
The Communication program provides a biblical liberal arts foundation with an innovative approach to general studies that reclaims a Christian conception of the Liberal Arts, preparing students to be influential thinkers. Career-related focus areas will include:
- Journalistic Writing
- Media Law
- Video Editing
- Visual Storytelling
- Shot Framing
- Multimedia Journalism
- Public Relations
Standalone Minor Courses
Choose 18 credit hours from the following listed courses. 9 credit hours must be at the 300 level or higher.
Consult with your faculty advisor or enrollment management specialist regarding courses that best fulfill the minor requirements, and further your academic goals and interests. Courses are not listed in the order they should be taken. See Faculty Advisor for sequence.
|COM 204||Introduction to Film||3|
|COM 205||Media Industries||3|
|COM 210||Introduction to Journalism||3|
|COM 215||Multi-Media Production||3|
|COM 242||Film History||3|
|COM 300||Communication Theory||3|
|COM 335||Media Bias||3|
|COM 342||Film Criticism||3|
|COM 350||Media and Society||3|
|COM 370||Communication, Culture & the Christian Faith||3|
|COM 375||Media Law||3|
|COM 470||Communication Ethics||3|
At Arizona Christian, we structure our programs to effectively prepare students to transform culture in their workplace. Our checksheets are annual guides that support students along the path toward graduation.
Our professors are experts in their respective fields and passionate about the subjects they teach; they challenge, and stretch their students to reach their goals. Students are encouraged to think critically and analyze what they learn in the classroom thoroughly. These are some of the professors you will work closely with:
Paul A. Creasman
Chair – Department of Communication Studies
Paul A. Creasman is a Professor of Communication and chair of the Department of Communication Studies. He teaches a broad range of courses including Communication Theory and Media Production, as well as seminar courses in media and society and evangelical culture. His research interests include the social effects of media, the music of Larry Norman, and evangelical engagement with popular culture. He is the incoming chair of the Religion and Media division of the Broadcast Education Association. Prior to academia, he worked in the Christian radio industry as a disc jockey, music director, programmer, and operations manager.
Adam Sonstroem serves at ACU as an assistant professor of communication, teaching a variety of communication and film classes. Before coming to ACU, he taught at Scottsdale Christian Academy for eight years teaching a variety of history and film classes. Sonstroem moved to the Valley of the Sun in 2003 after finishing his undergraduate and graduate programs at Wheaton College in Illinois.
B.S. in Communication – Broadcast Journalism
Department of Communication Studies
B.S. in Communication – Film
Department of Communication Studies