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 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. Janine Dunlap at jdunlap@fhu.edu.

 

Degree Requirements

B.A. Major in Communication

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.)

126 HOURS

   

I.  Liberal Arts Core Requirements:

34 hours

Listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Core

II. Core Requirements:

13 hours

COM 151

Radio Station Operations

COM 241

Small Group Communication OR

3

COM 243

Interpersonal Communication

(3)

COM 356 

Communication Law (W) 

3

COM 442

Communication Theories (W)

(3)

COM 396 

Field Lab (on- or off-campus)

COM 489

Senior Seminar*

1


   

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

18-27 hours 

   

IV. Electives (including additional Bible): 

52-61 hours 


 

*A digital portfolio is required for graduation, in addition to the coursework. 

   
   

B.A. Major in Communication: Public Relations

27 hours 

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Janine Dunlap 

 

III. Major Requirements: 

 

ART 230 

Digital Graphic Fundamentals  

COM 253 

Digital Storytelling (W) 

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 274

Basic Media Writing (W)

JOU 374 

Advanced Media Writing (W)

3

     

NOTE:  A minor in Marketing, Photography/Art, or Political Science is strongly suggested. 

   
   

B.A. Major in Communication: Speech Communication

15 hours 

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Janine Dunlap

 

III. Major Requirements: 

 

COM 240 

Public Speaking 

COM 241 

Small Group Communication OR 

3 

COM 243    

Interpersonal Communication

(3) 

COM 236 

Intercultural Communication  

3

COM 399I 

Special Topics in Communication (W)

COM 

Elective