Minor in Communication

Overview

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
  • Reporting
  • Media Law
  • Video Editing
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Shot Framing
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Public Relations

 

Department of Communication Studies

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

  Phone:
(602) 489-5300

  Email:
[email protected]

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.

CourseCourse NameCredits
COM 204Introduction to Film3
COM 205Media Industries3
COM 210Introduction to Journalism3
COM 215Multi-Media Production3
COM 230Persuasion3
COM 242Film History3
COM 300Communication Theory3
COM 335Media Bias3
COM 342Film Criticism3
COM 350Media and Society3
COM 370Communication, Culture & the Christian Faith3
COM 375Media Law3
COM 470Communication Ethics3
 

Checksheets

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.

Standalone Minor

Faculty

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, Ph.D.

Professor – Department Chair
Department of Communication Studies

[email protected]

Adam Sonstroem, M.A.

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Studies

[email protected]

Related Programs

B.S. in Communication – Broadcast Journalism

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B.S. in Communication – Film

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