Communication Studies, B.A.
Effective communication is foundational to individual and organizational success, from managing our daily lives to leading Fortune 500 organizations.
The communication studies program is designed to educate and develop our students to be effective communicators, leaders and ethical advocates in today’s evolving workplace. Offering two concentrations — digital communication and speech communication — this program allows students to focus on effectively communicating in a global, networked, digital environment or on spoken communication, growing their skills to write and deliver impactful messages. In a dynamically changing communication landscape, strong communication skills online and in the workplace translates to professional success.
Why Study Communication Studies at CBU?
Practice communication in the classroom
The communication studies program is heavily focused both on individualized attention and real-world skill acquisition. With concentrations in digital and speech communication, students can choose their study area that addresses relevant and current communication strategies. Courses throughout the program integrate real-world concepts that translate to profession. Our core public speaking class is capped at 21 students, allowing more time for coaching and improvement. And our organizational communication course allows students to form a hypothetical small business where they confront communication problems in the workplace and in life.
Join a premier speech and debate team
CBU offers one of the nation's premier speech and debate programs. Speech students compete at tournaments throughout the year and consistently take top honors in individual and team competitions.
Graduate on time
Communication studies is one of the few programs at CBU that actively works to maintain students' ability to take all of their major classes with no conflicts between class times. Students often use this distinctive either to add communication studies as a double major, as a minor, or as a switch from another major if their desired graduation date is no longer within reach.
What You'll Learn
Students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies will:
- Demonstrate proficiency in oral, technical, and/or nonverbal performance.
- Implement creativity in assignments and performances.
- Use critical thinking skills in developing, researching, and presenting arguments.
- Demonstrate an ability to evaluate individual work critically and assess personal
- Demonstrate spiritual literacy and an ability to incorporate a Christian worldview.
- Understand principles of communication across philosophical, cultural and religious settings.
COM 308: Interpersonal Communications
This class examines the dynamics of the two-person communication process.
COM 401: Argumentation and Debate
A study of the principles and models of argumentation and debate, and how a student may present an effective argument.
COM 403: Communication Theory
Recognizing human communication theories in everyday life, and critically examining situations in multiple cultural contexts based on those theories.
- Digital Communication Concentration
- Speech Communication Concentration
Professor of Communication
Office Phone: 951-343-4904
Office Location: James Building 038
Associate Professor of Public Relations
Department Chair, Communication Arts
Office Phone: 951-552-8310
Office Location: James Building 044
Assistant Professor of Communication Arts
Program Director, Forensics
Office Phone: 951-343-4207
Office Location: James Building 037
Communication studies majors can apply their field of study to a variety of careers. Some careers listed below may require further education.
- Speech Writer
- Script Writer
- Social Media Manager
- Communication Director
- Digital Communication Director