Communication Studies

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

Learning Objectives:

  1. Graduates of the department and general education students will learn to think clearly about and analyze critically the various means and methods of communications; to conduct effective research in the field; and to communicate clearly through the medium of their choice. (Academic Excellence)
  2. Graduates of the department and general education students will demonstrate an ability to respectfully suggest alternatives for the many viewpoints regarding the moral and ethical issues involved with communicating through the media.  (Christ-like Character)
  3. Graduates of the department and general education students will demonstrate an understanding of the tremendous impact communicators have in shaping opinion and effecting change in society.  They will demonstrate an ability to educate others, not only by presenting information, but also by looking for solutions to today's problems through research. (Social Responsiveness)
  4. Graduates of the department and general education students will have augmented their own personal talents with an understanding of the forms, structures, and avenues of creative communication.  (Creative Engagement)

Majors

Bachelor of Arts, Communication

Communication Science Emphasis

Public Relations Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communications

Communication Education

 See Secondary Education: Communication Second Teaching Field

Minors

Broadcasting

Communication

Drama

Media Production