Major in Communication

The Department of Communication and Literature offers a B.A. major in Communication with an emphasis in Electronic Media Communication, Public Relations, or Speech Communication.

The Communication faculty offers a unique blend of real-life experience and academic preparation. Our students have rare opportunities to experience small class sizes while also receiving hands-on instruction. FHU maintains its own radio station (WFHU) and television station (FHn), as well as a newspaper (The Bell Tower)

Electronic Media Communication

Employment opportunities for people with electronic media planning, production, and performance skills are not restricted to the traditional fields of broadcasting and advertising. The use of audio and video media to communicate has permeated a wide range of industries and organizations: education, medicine, politics, churches and more.

Students majoring in Electronic Media have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in all facets of audio and video production: staff/crew positions, on-air talent, and leadership through student directorship positions. Realistic, creative, and challenging learning experiences occur both within the classroom and through co-curricular activities. Freed-Hardeman’s “FHn” television station includes facilities for multi-camera studio production, field-remote production, and computer-based non-linear editing. Freed-Hardeman’s 10,000 watt FM radio station, “WFHU,” allows students to participate in live studio shows, field-remotes and computer-based multi-track audio production.

For more information about the Electronic Media Communication program, please contact Mr. Forrest Doddington at


Public Relations

The FHU Public Relations course of study will challenge you to consider old ideas and theories and apply them to current issues in the field. Through classes in reporting, videography, PR writing, ethics, crisis communication, and others, you will develop skills that you will use every day in the field. Our graduates work in varied careers such as journalism, sales, marketing, ministry, sports information, TV news, social media consulting, freelance writing and design, and many, many others. Some graduates have gone on to graduate school in law, education, and business and have thrived in those programs. Their success is partly because of the quality of the PR program.

For more information about the Public Relations program, please contact Dr. Janine Dunlap at


Speech Communication

Recent Communication alumni have proceeded to graduate school in Communication. Others have been accepted into law school. Still others have found successful careers in broadcasting, web design, promotions, sales, management and other exciting careers.

Our courses cover the essentials necessary to prepare students for success in the classroom, in the workplace, and in life.

For more information about a degree in general Communication, please contact Dr. Garvis Semore at


4-Year Plans

To make your path to graduation a little easier, 4-year plans for students planning to major in Communication have been created:

2013-2014 4-Year Plans

Bachelor of Arts in Communication: Electronic Media

Bachelor of Arts in Communication: Public Relations

Bachelor of Arts in Communication: Speech Communication

2012-2013 4-Year Plans

Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Bachelor of Science in Communication

2011-2012 4-Year Plans

Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Bachelor of Science in Communication

Degree Requirements

Course of Study for a B.A. Major in Communication*
For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: "Degree/Graduation Requirements."
*A portfolio is required in addition to course requirements.

I. General Education Requirements 46 hours
  (Listed in this catalog under Academics: "General Education Display")
II. Core Requirements
COM 151  Radio Station Operations OR 
COM 152 TV Studio Production  (1) 
COM 241 Small Group Communication OR 3
COM 243 Interpersonal Communication (3)
COM 252 Radio Production and Copywriting (W) OR 3
COM 253 Video Production Fundamentals (3)
COM 341 Mass Media Research Methods (W) OR
COM 442 Communication Theories (W) 3
COM 356  Communication Law 
COM 358  Social Media Communication 
COM 296  Field Lab (with student media) 
COM 396  Field Lab (on or off campus 
COM 489 Senior Seminar 1
COM 497 Practicum (off campus) 1- 2
JOU 274 Basic Media Writing (W) 3
23 - 24 hours
III. Major Requirements   
B.A. Major in Communication: Electronic Media Communications
ART 230  Digital Graphics Fundamentals 
COM 150  Media History 
COM 151 Radio Station Operations (OR) 
COM 152 TV Studio Production*  (1) 
COM 252 Radio Production and Copywriting (W) OR 
COM 253

Video Production Fundamentals*

COM 362  Digital Multimedia 
COM 450 Media Management 
COM 460  Media Producing and Directing 
JOU 353  Multimedia Narrative and Journalism  3 
    22 hours 
*Must take course not taken as core   
Recommended courses for students pursuing the Electronic Media Communications track:
COM 285  Acting for the Camera OR 
THE 265  Acting I OR   (3) 
THE 246  Voice and Articulation  (3) 
JOU 374  Advanced Media Writing 
B.A. Major in Communication: Public Relations   
ART 230  Digital Graphic Fundamentals OR 
COM 362  Digital Multimedia (3)
COM 383 Public Relations 
COM 385  Public Relations Methods
COM 399I Special Topics in Communication 
COM 483 Public Relations Case Studies (W) 
JOU 374 Advanced Media Writing (W) 
JOU 353  Multimedia Narrative and Journalism OR 3
JOU 474  Feature/Editorial Writing (W) (3) 
    21 hours 
B.A. Major in Communication: Speech Communication   
COM 240  Public Speaking 
COM 241  Small Group Communication OR  3 
COM 243     Interpersonal Communication  (3) 
COM 345  Persuasion  3 
COM 347  Organizational Communication  3 
COM 349  Study of Public Discourse (W
COM 399I  Special Topics in Communication 
COM  Elective  3 
    21 hours 
IV. Electives for all Communication Majors (including additional Bible)  38 - 39 hours