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About the B.A. in Communication Degree

Why Study Communication at Cedarville?

Cedarville’s distinctly Christian B.A. in communication degree will equip you as a professional "bridge" that links groups of people within and without the organizations you are a part of. You will graduate ready to collaborate and lead with integrity.

Following the principles of God’s Word, we seek to achieve excellence in the use of critical thinking skills to communicate life-changing messages. Our goal is to foster a desire for knowledge and an enthusiasm for creative expression.

We will prepare you to be an innovative leader in in-demand fields such as social media management, political messaging, event planning, business communication, professional research, nonprofit advocacy, and media content developer.

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Program Overview

B.A. in Communication Program Highlights

Biblical – Through the integration of biblical, professional, and scholarly knowledge, your communication degree will equip you to change the world as you engage culture with the heart and mind of Christ.

Critical Competencies – Coursework in the major develops critical competencies in leadership, problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, and a broad range of communication skills necessary for advancement in both employment and graduate school.

Customizable – Working with an advisor, you will choose from three concentrations to customize your degree based on your career goals. Choose from:

  • Organizational Communication — The organizational communication concentration channels your skills toward internal and external communication in organizational settings. After taking courses like Interviewing, Organizational Negotiation, and Human Resources, you will be able to help an organization communicate internally and hold a competitive advantage externally. Organizational communication holds the organization together and supports it like scaffolding does a building.
  • Advocacy Communication — Public communication is the interaction brought about when people exchange ideas. It focuses not only on the delivery of messages and ideas but also on how people interact with those messages and ideas. Public communication is at the center of political, economic, and social issues. Courses like Persuasive Theory, Speechwriting for the Professional, and Contemporary Rhetoric will enable you to communicate in a way that impacts others and spurs them toward action.
  • Strategic Communication — Strategic communication merges the daily activities of an organization with its long-term goals. It encompasses areas like public relations and advertising, to name just a few. This concentration is used not only within corporations but also within nonprofit organizations. Courses like Event Planning, Advocacy Communication, and Organizational Leadership will prepare you to offer strategic, actionable plans to any organization.

What Can You Do With a Communication Degree?

With a bachelor’s in communication, you will be prepared for an in-demand career in:

  • Consultation programs
  • Corporate executive training
  • Event planning
  • Media communications
  • Personnel management
  • Public relations
  • Social media manager
  • Professional research
  • Content developer for media

Our graduates are working for the FBI, Chick-fil-A, Reynolds and Reynolds, General Motors, Dow Chemical, The Coca-Cola Co., Focus on the Family, just to name a few.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 95.4% of recent graduates from the Department of Communication were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Communication majors have many opportunities to acquire real-world experience while completing their education.

Internships

Internships give students real-world work experience within their chosen field. Our students have completed internships with Athletes in Action, Focus on the Family, Hope International, AstraZeneca, among others.

Practical Experience

  • Resound Radio — Resound Radio features a 24/7 stream that can be heard exclusively through CedarNet (Cedarville's campus computer network) and, in addition, offers on-demand programming targeted specifically at the student body of Cedarville University.
  • Cedars — Cedars is a student-produced, award-winning newspaper that is published several times each academic year.

Student Organizations

  • Lambda Pi Eta — Cedarville’s chapter of the National Communication Honor Society recognizes, encourages, and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement.
  • Marketing Team — The Department of Communication marketing team consists of students who develop a plan to market the department to internal and external audiences.

Competitive Teams

  • Debate Team — The Cedarville University Debate Team competes with colleges and universities across the United States through the NPDA (National Parliamentary Debate Association), which is the largest debate organization in the country. Students who plan on pursuing careers in ministry, law, education, business, or politics are encouraged to join the team. A  Debate Scholarship is available.
  • Forensics — Forensics is an intercollegiate competition. Students compete in areas such as public speaking, oral interpretations, limited preparation events, and Lincoln-Douglas debate. A  Forensics Scholarship is available.

Program Curriculum

Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take core communication courses as well as courses specific to your chosen concentration.

This major is offered with either a  three-year or four-year completion plan.

This major is offered with a  B.A.-to-master's accelerated completion plan.

Sample courses

  • Media Analysis
  • Virtual Communication

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

Program Level and Format

  • Undergraduate
  • Residential
  • 3-Year Option
  • 4-Year
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Program Faculty

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Derrick Green, M.A.

Chair, Assistant Professor of Communication/Forensics Coa

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Chuck Elliott, Ph.D.

Senior Professor of Communication

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Daniel Fultz, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

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Andrew Harris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication

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Heather Heritage, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Communication

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Eric Mishne, M.A.

Director of Forensics

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