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). 

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 regarding this area, please contact Dr. Janine Dunlap at


Degree Requirements

B.A. Major in Communication                                                   126 HOURS

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Janine Dunlap

For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Degree/Graduation
(A portfolio is required in addition to course requirements.)

I.  Liberal Arts Core Requirements 34 hours
Listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Display
II. Core Requirements 20-21
COM 151 Radio Station Operations  1 
COM 241 Small Group Communication OR  3
COM 243 Interpersonal Communication (3)
COM 252 Radio Production and Copywriting (W) OR  3
COM 253 Digital Storytelling (3)
COM 341 Mass Media Research Methods (W) OR  3 
COM 442 Communication Theories (W) (3)
COM 356 Communication Law (W)  3 
COM 396  Field Lab (on or off campus)  1 
COM 496 Field Lab (on or off campus)  1 
COM 489 Senior Seminar  1
COM 497 Practicum (off campus)  1- 2
JOU 274 Basic Media Writing (W)  3 


III. Major Requirements
Select appropriate courses for desired major (see tables below)

21-24 hours 
IV. Additional Requirements   
Humanities Course for B.A. Degree  3 hours
V. Electives (including additional Bible):  44-48 hours 

III.  Major Requirements  24 hours 
B.A. Major in Communication: Public Relations  
Program Coordinator:  Dr. Janine Dunlap   
ART 230  Digital Graphic Fundamentals  
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 474  Feature/Editorial Writing (W) 3
III.  Major Requirements:  21 hours 
B.A. Major in Communication:  Speech Communication   
Program Coordinator:  Dr. Janine Dunlap  
COM 240  Public Speaking   3 
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  3 
COM 399I  Special Topics in Communication (W)  3 
COM  Elective   3