Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

CBU's communication studies major seeks to cultivate each student's critical thinking skills while challenging them to integrate biblical thought with contemporary cultural concepts. Students acquire a high level of proficiency in creating, developing and delivering presentations. As a graduate of the program, they exhibit creativity, confidence and competence through the development of nationally accepted verbal communications principles and practices.

In addition, California Baptist University offers one of the nation's premier speech and debate programs. CBU speech students compete at tournaments throughout the year and consistently take top honors in individual and team competitions.

  • Communication/Speech Program Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Demonstrate proficiency in oral, technical, and/or nonverbal performance.

    2. Implement creativity in assignments and performances

    3. Use critical thinking skills in developing, researching, and presenting arguments.

    4. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate individual work critically and assess personal growth.

    5. Demonstrate spiritual literacy and an ability to incorporate a Christian worldview.

    6. Understand principles of communication across philosophical, cultural, and religious settings.

  • Career Opportunities

    After graduation, CBU communication studies students are prepared to enter a diverse range of occupations, including

    • Advertising
    • Public relations
    • Speech or script writing
    • News reporting
    • Teaching

Program Requirements (36 units)

Complete the following courses:

Lower Division Requirements

COM110 Forensic Workshop
+

A participation class in forensics. Students compete in intercollegiate events. Majors may take a maximum of eight (8) units as part of the Communications Program. Communications minors may take a maximum of four (4) units. Students should consult their advisor in the Communication Arts Department to determine how many units per semester are allowed since the program is offered on a continuing basis. (1-3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

COM110-A
Marse, Michael
09/05/2017 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Mission Hall 124

COM113 Oral Communication
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This course is designed to introduce the process of public communication and to help develop and refine the skills of oral communication. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

COM113-I
Murray, Donald R.
01/11/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 376
COM113-J
Vennemann, Darlene Sue
01/11/2017 MWF 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM James Complex 245
COM113-B
Murray, Donald R.
01/11/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 376
COM113-E
White, Debra
01/11/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Building 36 36A2
COM113-G
Boes, Cynthia D.
01/11/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center B218
COM113-K
Vennemann, Darlene Sue
01/11/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 245
COM113-A
Pate, John R.
01/11/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 192
COM113-C
Boes, Cynthia D.
01/11/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center B218
COM113-D
Boes, Cynthia D.
01/11/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B218
COM113-F
Murray, Donald R.
01/11/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 376
COM113-L
Marse, Michael
01/11/2017 M 1:15 PM - 4:15 PM James Complex 189
COM113-M
Sanicola, Angela Marie
01/11/2017 T 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 181
COM113-H
Marse, Michael
01/11/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center B220
COM113-K
Sanicola, Angela Marie
09/05/2017 T 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex 376
COM113-E
Vennemann, Darlene Sue
09/05/2017 MWF 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM James Complex 181
COM113-O
Vennemann, Darlene Sue
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center B220
COM113-N
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 171
COM113-F
Murray, Donald R.
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 245
COM113-L
Vennemann, Darlene Sue
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 181
COM113-M
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/05/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 171
COM113-C
Marse, Michael
09/05/2017 TTh 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex 189
COM113-P
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Building 36 36A1
COM113-G
Marse, Michael
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center B218
COM113-B
Murray, Donald R.
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 245
COM113-I
Murray, Donald R.
09/05/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 245
COM113-J
White, Debra
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center B219
COM113-Q
Marse, Michael
09/05/2017 M 1:15 PM - 4:15 PM Building 36 36A2
COM113-H
White, Debra
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center B219
COM113-D
White, Debra
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B219
COM113-A
Pate, John R.
09/05/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 189

Upper Division Requirements

COM308 Interpersonal Communications
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This class examines the dynamics of the two-person communication process. Students will study the development of self-concept, self-disclosure, perception, listening, and feedback as they affect the communication process. Non-verbal communication, attitudes, beliefs, and values will also be explored. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

COM308-A
Boes, Cynthia D.
01/11/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center B218
COM308-A
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 171

COM333 Oral Interpret/Reader's Theater
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Analysis and oral presentation of literature in a way that is vivid, compelling, and dramatic. This class will help the student to perfect skills in dramatic reading, reading of scripture, and finding and preparing literature for oral presentation. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

COM333-A
Pate, John R.
01/11/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex 263
COM333-B
Pate, John R.
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Building 36 36A1
COM333-A
Pate, John R.
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 189

COM340 Rhetoric and Persuasion
+

This course is designed to develop advanced analysis of communication artifacts using theories of rhetoric and persuasion. The course discusses and makes use of rhetorical theorists from classical and contemporary traditions through the lens of compliance gaining. A focus will be on understanding human persuasion in everyday life, as well as in scholarly perspective. (3 units; Spring)

COM340-A
Marse, Michael
01/11/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 183

COM401 Argumentation & Debate
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A study of the principles and models of argumentation and debate, the basic theories, strategies, and processes by which a student may present an effective argument, as well as their application to business and interpersonal communication as well as ministry. The course provides practical experience in forming arguments, defending a position, using evidence to build a case, refutation, and analysis of arguments. Special emphasis given to the principles of Parliamentary Debate. May be repeated for a total of eight (8) units. Only three (3) units may be applied to the major. (1-3 units; Fall)

COM401-A
Marse, Michael
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B218

COM403 Communication Theory
+

This course is designed to introduce theories in the academic field of communication studies. The focus of the course will be on recognizing human communication theories in everyday life, and being able to critically examine situations in multiple cultural contexts based on those theories. Connections will be made between these theories and the prominent theories of related fields. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall)

COM403-A
Marse, Michael
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center B218

COM405 Rhetorical Criticism
+

This course is designed to develop advanced analysis of communication artifacts using rhetorical theory. The course discusses and makes use of rhetorical theorists from classical and contemporary traditions to better understand cultural artifacts from various contexts. Application to various non-communication related fields will be explored. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

COM405-A
Boes, Cynthia D.
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center ONLN

COM425 Organizational Communication
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Examination of the nature and process of communication in modern organizations, including theories, change strategies, internal personnel relations, and conflict management, as they relate to organizational cultures. (3 units; Interdiciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

COM425-A
Pate, John R.
01/11/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 192

Upper Division Elective Requirements

Complete nine (9) units from the following:

COM300 Public Relations
+

Principles, history and professional practice of public relations and the writing and production of materials for special events, newsletters, and brochures. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

COM306 Small Group Communication
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This course examines the dynamics in communication within small groups. Students will learn effective critical thinking and problem solving skills for use when working in small groups. (3 units; Fall)

COM306-A
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/05/2017 MW 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex ONLN

COM310 Forensic Workshop
+

A participation class in forensics. Students compete in intercollegiate events. Majors may take a maximum of eight (8) units as part of the Communications Program. Communications minors may take a maximum of four (4) units. Students should consult their advisor in the Communication Arts Department to determine how many units per semester are allowed since the program is offered on a continuing basis. Prerequisite: COM 110 or 210. (1-3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

COM310-A
Marse, Michael
09/05/2017 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Mission Hall 124

COM400 Spec Topic Communication Studies
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Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of communication arts. Topic varies for different semesters. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

COM400-A
Marse, Michael
01/11/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B220
COM400-A
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/05/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 171

COM410 Forensic Workshop
+

A participation class in forensics. Students compete in intercollegiate events. Majors may take a maximum of eight (8) units as part of the Communications Program. Communications minors may take a maximum of four (4) units. Students should consult their advisor in the Communication Arts Department to determine how many units per semester are allowed since the program is offered on a continuing basis. Prerequisite: COM 110 or 210. (1-3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

COM410-A
Marse, Michael
01/11/2017 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM BUS 202

COM450 Internship in Communication Arts
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Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position, utilizing principles of communication studies acquired and employed throughout their university experience. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade, giving depth and breadth to their understanding of communication studies as a whole. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

COM450-IN
Pate, John R.
01/11/2017 - Instructor OFFC
COM450-IN
Pate, John R.
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC

ICS430 Intercultural Communications
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The purpose of this course is to explore the principles of intercultural communications. This course will address principles and processes of communication from one culture to another. The course will also focus on different perceptions, ways of thinking, values, non-verbal expression, language expression and sub-groups within a culture as they relate to the media and the message. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

ICS430-A
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
01/11/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center B111
ICS430-A
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 250

THE312 Drama in the Classroom
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The student will learn how to use drama and theatre activities both for and with children, and how they can incorporate drama into education by creating lesson plans and planning specific assignments. The student will also develop skills in oral interpretation and storytelling to become a more interesting and expressive teacher. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

THE312-A
Parshall, Stephanie
01/11/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Wallace Theater 203
THE312-A
Parshall, Stephanie
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Wallace Theater 203

THE340 Drama in the Church
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Designed for pastors, teachers, youth leaders, and church workers, this class explores various ways that drama can be utilized in the church. Class work includes hands-on experience in using church drama with children and youth, drama for the worship service, and how to start a drama program at your local church. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring odd years)