The mission of the department is to create an environment in which the student can study the principles and concepts of communication within the context of exploring and deepening their Christian faith commitment.
Give the student an understanding of the foundational theoretical principles of communication that in turn will have professional, social, interpersonal and general pragmatic utility.
Provide the student with a basic understanding of the depth and breadth of the discipline, and ensure they have the necessary intellectually sophisticated skills to think critically, creatively and analytically about the field.
Provide resources such as faculty mentors, guest lecturers, and technology that will deepen the students' appreciation for and knowledge of the discipline as well enriching the academic life of the university as a whole.
Impart the student with the knowledge and ability to find and utilize educational resources within and beyond the University walls to further expand knowledge after graduation.
The Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication Studies concentration develops students’ understanding and application of fundamental concepts including interpersonal communication, small group leadership and family communication.
The Cinema Arts concentration focuses on teaching and providing students a wide-range of skills in filmmaking. Cinema Arts classes teach the entire process of filmmaking from the conception of a project, writing, producing, directing, shooting, editing and, ultimately, marketing and distribution.
Students will gain valuable practice and work in these areas (pre-production, production, post-production) enabling them to have a broad understanding of the process and graduate with extremely marketable skills. Many Cinema Arts students go on to work not only in film and television production, but in church media, advertising agencies, Internet startups, television stations and corporate video production.
The Public Relations concentration focuses on gaining the foundational knowledge of the function of public relations. Students will learn the theory behind public relations and be able to put their knowledge into practice. Students will learn how to write news releases, media pitches, develop a strategic PR campaign and explore the different types of careers available to them.
The Technology & Emerging Media concentration focuses on teaching students how to approach diverse forms of technologically mediated communication, how to create content that is visual as well as written/oral, and how to adapt to career fields where skill sets are always evolving. This new concentration offers courses such as social media, graphic design, event planning and mobile and web development.
Meeting with Christian filmmakers challenged me to question how my movies will affect people. Now, I’ll ask myself, ‘what’s my heart behind this? And what am I trying to give the audience?
Prerequisite: COMM 273. This course will serve as an introduction to the theory and practice of graphic design. Students will learn the basic principles and elements of graphic design, the history of graphic design, form/symbol development, typography, identity design and page layout. Provides practical experience in essential studio techniques and technology, critiques and group discussions. The creative design process and problem-solving skills are emphasized throughout the course. Lab Fee.