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.

  • 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)

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
COM110-A
Marse, Michael
09/04/2018 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Yeager Center A111

COM113 Oral Communication

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-T
Whitefield, Douglas Brent
09/05/2017 TTh 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex 367
COM113-S
Sanicola, Angela Marie
09/05/2017 Th 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex 192
COM113-A
Pate, John R.
09/05/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 189
COM113-C
Marse, Michael
09/05/2017 TTh 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex 189
COM113-B
Murray, Donald R.
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 245
COM113-N
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 171
COM113-R
Whitefield, Douglas Brent
09/05/2017 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM James Complex 189
COM113-D
White, Debra
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 190
COM113-K
Sanicola, Angela Marie
09/05/2017 T 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex 376
COM113-M
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/05/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 171
COM113-Q
Marse, Michael
09/05/2017 M 1:15 PM - 4:15 PM Building 36 36A2
COM113-G
Marse, Michael
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center B218
COM113-I
Murray, Donald R.
09/05/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 245
COM113-P
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Building 36 36A1
COM113-E
Vennemann, Darlene Sue
09/05/2017 MWF 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM James Complex 181
COM113-F
Murray, Donald R.
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 245
COM113-H
White, Debra
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center B219
COM113-J
White, Debra
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center B219
COM113-L
Vennemann, Darlene Sue
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 181
COM113-O
Vennemann, Darlene Sue
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center B220
COM113-G
Boes, Cynthia D.
01/10/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex 189
COM113-J
Vennemann, Darlene Sue
01/10/2018 MWF 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM James Complex 181
COM113-M
Sanicola, Angela Marie
01/10/2018 Th 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM The Village at CBU 100
COM113-C
Boes, Cynthia D.
01/10/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 189
COM113-A
Pate, John R.
01/10/2018 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 356
COM113-B
Murray, Donald R.
01/10/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 181
COM113-D
Boes, Cynthia D.
01/10/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 189
COM113-E
White, Debra
01/10/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 190
COM113-F
Murray, Donald R.
01/10/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 181
COM113-H
Boes, Cynthia D.
01/10/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex 356
COM113-I
Murray, Donald R.
01/10/2018 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 181
COM113-K
Vennemann, Darlene Sue
01/10/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex 181
COM113-L
Marse, Michael
01/10/2018 M 1:15 PM - 4:15 PM Mission Hall 126
COM113-N
Whitefield, Douglas Brent
01/10/2018 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM James Complex 183
COM113-A
Pate, John R.
09/04/2018 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
COM113-B
STAFF, STAFF
09/04/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
COM113-C
Marse, Michael
09/04/2018 TTh 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM TBA
COM113-D
STAFF, STAFF
09/04/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
COM113-E
STAFF, STAFF
09/04/2018 MWF 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM TBA
COM113-F
STAFF, STAFF
09/04/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
COM113-G
Marse, Michael
09/04/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
COM113-H
STAFF, STAFF
09/04/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
COM113-I
STAFF, STAFF
09/04/2018 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA
COM113-J
STAFF, STAFF
09/04/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
COM113-K
STAFF, STAFF
09/04/2018 T 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM TBA
COM113-L
STAFF, STAFF
09/04/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
COM113-M
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/04/2018 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
COM113-N
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/04/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
COM113-O
STAFF, STAFF
09/04/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
COM113-P
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/04/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
COM113-Q
Marse, Michael
09/04/2018 M 1:15 PM - 4:15 PM TBA
COM113-R
STAFF, STAFF
09/04/2018 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM TBA
COM113-S
STAFF, STAFF
09/04/2018 Th 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM TBA
COM113-T
STAFF, STAFF
09/04/2018 TTh 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM TBA

Upper Division Requirements

COM308 Interpersonal Communications

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.
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 171
COM308-A
Boes, Cynthia D.
01/10/2018 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 356
COM308-A
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/04/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA

COM333 Oral Interpret/Reader's Theater

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-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
COM333-A
Pate, John R.
01/10/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex 370
COM333-A
Pate, John R.
09/04/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
COM333-B
Pate, John R.
09/04/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA

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
01/10/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center A111

COM401 Argumentation & Debate

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
COM401-A
Marse, Michael
09/04/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

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
COM403-A
Marse, Michael
09/04/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA

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.
01/10/2018 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex ONLN

COM425 Organizational Communication

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.
01/10/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 356

Upper Division Elective Requirements

Complete nine (9) units from the following:

COM306 Small Group Communication

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 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex ONLN
COM306-A
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/04/2018 MW 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA 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
COM310-A
Marse, Michael
09/04/2018 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Yeager Center A111

COM400 Spec Topic Communication Studies

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
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/05/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 171
COM400-A
Marse, Michael
01/10/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center B218
COM400-A
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/04/2018 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA

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
01/10/2018 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Yeager Center A111

COM450 Internship in Communication Arts

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.
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC
COM450-IN
Pate, John R.
01/10/2018 - TBA
COM450-IN
Pate, John R.
09/04/2018 - TBA

ICS430 Intercultural Communications

This course will address principles and processes of communication from one culture to another. Attention will be given to different perceptions, ways of thinking, values, verbal and non-verbal expression, and sub-groups within a given culture. Prerequisites: Previous Biblical Studies or Intercultural Studies coursework. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

ICS430-A
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 250
ICS430-A
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
01/10/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 124
ICS430-A
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
09/04/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA

THE312 Drama in the Classroom

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
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Wallace Theater 203
THE312-A
Parshall, Stephanie
01/10/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Wallace Theater 203
THE312-A
Parshall, Stephanie
09/04/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Wallace Theater 203

THE340 Drama in the Church

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)

PRL300 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)

PRL300-A
Brodie, Victoria K
09/05/2017 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM The Village at CBU ONLN
PRL300-A
Brodie, Victoria K
01/10/2018 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex ONLN
PRL300-A
Brodie, Victoria K
09/04/2018 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex ONLN