General Education Courses
As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree. Gen eds are required regardless of your major.
All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Argumentative and Research Writing
- Introduction to Christian Theology
- Interpersonal Communication
- Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
- First Year Studies
Communication majors will take courses covering topics such as:
- Intercultural communication
- Interpersonal communication
- Student newspaper
- Public speaking
- Principles of marketing
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Advanced skill development in written, spoken and interpersonal communication
- Theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of communication, emphasizing ethical issues within the field.
- Integrated understanding of the intercultural factors leading to strong global perspectives and intercultural development.
The purpose of the Communication Program is to help students become well-rounded, critically minded, technologically experienced and globally aware communicators who use their communication skills for creative, productive and socially responsible purposes.
The BA in Communication program aligns with the curriculum recommendations of National Communication Association.
The Bachelor of Arts in Communication program prepares students for professional careers in a variety of areas, including event coordinating, journalism, management, marketing, public relations and writing. Through quality internship experiences, hands-on experience enhances student résumés and establishes relationships with numerous organizations, which often lead to professional employment opportunities.
The communication degree program has met or exceeded all of its benchmarks for student learning at each stage of the program for the 2014-15 academic year. In addition to ongoing assessment efforts in key courses related to each of the student learning outcomes, capstone data confirms this high degree of program effectiveness.
Communication, as a program, contributes to the following institutional learning outcomes:
· 98.5% of students (N=133) assessed in COM courses in AY 2014-15 meet or exceed expectations
· 100% of students (N=96) assessed in COM courses in AY 2014-15 meet or exceed expectations
· 93.4% of students (N=61) assessed in COM courses in AY 2014-15 meet or exceed expectations
· 95.2% of students (N=165) assessed in COM courses in AY 2014-15 meet or exceed expectations
Socially Responsible Action:
· 97.0% of students (N=100) assessed in COM courses in AY 2014-15 meet or exceed expectations
In addition to maintaining a high degree of excellence within the program, the Communication Department supports learning across the university by contributing to successful effective communication outcomes in other academic programs. Therefore, the Communication program supports learning across the university as well as in the major.
Centered on an applied learning approach, the Marian University Bachelor of Arts in Communication program enhances student knowledge and skills in communication, provides one-on-one personal support from faculty and prepares those in the program for a successful career following graduation.
Admission to the communication program is based on the admission criteria of Marian University. Students are required to earn a C- or higher in all communication courses and maintain an overall GPA of 2.00 to earn their degree.