Communication Studies

Communication Major with a Concentration in Communication Studies

The concentration in Communication Studies has four areas of emphasis that students can choose to pursue: Public Relations, Interpersonal/Organizational Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Journalism.

In addition to the four emphases, two opportunities also exist in the Communication Studies concentration. The first is the Forensics program which competes nationally in speech and debate competitions. Secondly, students may choose to write for the student newspaper.

The Department of Communication is a participant in the National Communication Association’s Lambda Pi Eta student honor society, National Religious Broadcasters, the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, the L.A. Film Studies Center, and the Washington D.C. Journalism Center. The latter two programs allow students to live in residence for a semester, take classes, and actively participate with professionals through internships.

Note: Students are personally responsible to meet the prerequisite requirements of any course in which they are enrolled.

All Communication majors and any student enrolled in the Production courses that require access to Vanguard Studios will be assessed the $150 ACCESS Fee each semester.


Communication Studies Core Requirements (24 units)

MATH 265C Introduction to Statistics (3 units)
COMM 212 History of Communication Studies (3 units)
COMM 220 Visual Storytelling (3 units)
COMM 258 Christianity/Artistic Culture (3 units)
COMM 272 Visual Technology (3 units)
COMM 290 Intro/Interpersonal Communication (3 units)
COMM 305 Communication Theory/Research (3 units)
COMM 464C Media Criticism (3 units)


Communication Studies Practicum (5 units)

COMM 115/315 Intercollegiate Forensics: Individual (1 unit)
COMM 116/316 Intercollegiate Forensics: Debate (1 unit)
COMM 119/319 Publications: Newspaper (1 unit)*
COMM 450 Internship (1-3 units)
COMM 455 Communication Teaching Internship (1-6 units)

*Journalism and Public Relations emphases require students to take at least 3 units of their practicum units as COMM 450: Internship units.


Intercultural Communication Emphasis (Choose 21 units)

COMM 318 Nonverbal Communication (3 units)
COMM 329 Digital Audio/ Video Principles (4 units)
COMM 345 Intercultural Communication (3 units)
COMM 351 Documentary/ Ethnographic Film Production (4 units)
COMM 374 Gender Communication (3 units)
COMM 376 Interracial Communication (3 units)
COMM 447 Ethnographic Communication Research (3 units)
COMM 452 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3 units)
COMM 467 Culture & Rhetoric of Pentecostalism (3 units)
ICST 454 Principles and Methods of Intercultural Ministry (3 units)

Public Relations Emphasis (Choose 21 units)

COMM 309 Graphic Design (3 units)
COMM 317 Creative Process (3 units)
COMM 329 Digital Audio/ Video Principles (4 units)
COMM 331 Television Advertising (3 units)
COMM 350 The Network (2 units)
COMM 378 Public Relations: Corp. Comm., Info., Mgt. (3 units)
COMM 380 Public Relations: Corp. Comm., Proj., Campaigns (3 units)
COMM 445 Persuasion (3 units)
COMM 451 Motion Graphic Design (4 units)
MRKT 360 Principles of Marketing (3 units)
MRKT 362 Advertising and Promotion (3 units)
MRKT 365 Marketing Research (3 units)
MRKT 369 Consumer Behavior (3 units)

Interpersonal/Organizational Communication Emphasis (Choose 21 units)

COMM 318 Nonverbal Communication (3 units)
COMM 333 Small Group Leadership (3 units)
COMM 345 Intercultural Communication (3 units)
COMM 364 Organizational Communication (3 units)
COMM 374 Gender Communication (3 units)
COMM 376 Interracial Communication (3 units)
COMM 445 Persuasion (3 units)
COMM 447 Ethnographic Communication Research (3 units)
COMM 452 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3 units)

Journalism Emphasis (Choose 21 units)

COMM 119 Publications: Newspaper (1 unit)
COMM 222 Photography (4 units)
COMM 309 Graphic Design (4 units)
COMM 320 Journalism Principles (3 units)
COMM 329 Digital Audio/ Video Principles (4 units)
COMM 345 Intercultural Communication (3 units)
COMM 350 The Network (2 units)
COMM 351 Documentary/Ethnographic Film (4 units)
COMM 354 News, Sports, and Media Broadcasting (4 units)
COMM 362 Contemporary Issues in Public Discourse (3 units)
COMM 376 Interracial Communication (3 units)
COMM 378 Public Relations: Corp. Comm., Info., Mgt (3 units)
COMM 380 Public Relations: Corp. Comm., Proj., Campaigns (3 units)
COMM 445 Persuasion (3 units)
COMM 447 Ethnographic Communication Research (3 units)
ENGL 375 Modern Grammar & Advance Composition (3 units)