Major in Communication

The Department of Communication and Literature offers a B.A. major in Communication with an emphasis in 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 studio, as well as a newspaper (The Bell Tower)


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 jdunlap@fhu.edu.



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 regarding this area, please contact Dr. Steve Johnson at sjohnson@fhu.edu.


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:

2014-2015 4-Year Plans


Bachelor of Arts in Communication: Public Relations

Bachelor of Arts in Communication: Speech Communication



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: Electronic Media


Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Bachelor of Science in Communication


2011-2012 4-Year Plans

Bachelor of Arts in Communication: Electronic Media


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
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 (W)
COM 396  Field Lab (on or off campus)
COM 496 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
20 - 21 hours

   
III. Major Requirements (select appropriate courses for desired
major)
21-24 hours 
IV. Additional Requirements   
Humanities Course for B.A. Degree  3 hours
V. Electives for all Communication Majors (including additional Bible)  32-36 hours 
   
III. Major Requirements   
B.A. Major in Communication: Public Relations   
Program Coordinator:  Dr. Janine Dunlap   
ART 230  Digital Graphic Fundamentals OR 
COM 362  Digital Multimedia (3)
COM 358  Social Media 
COM 383 Public Relations 
COM 385  Public Relations Methods (W)
COM 399I Special Topics in Communication (W) 
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) 
    24 hours 
Total Hours    126 hours 
   
III. Major Requirements   
B.A. Major in Communication:  Speech Communication   
Program Coordinator:  Dr. Steve Johnson   
COM 240  Public Speaking 
COM 241  Small Group Communication OR  3 
COM 243     Interpersonal Communication  (3) 
COM 345  Persuasion (W) 3 
COM 347  Organizational Communication  3 
COM 349  Study of Public Discourse (W
COM 399I  Special Topics in Communication (W)
COM  Elective  3 
    21 hours 
Total Hours    126 hours