Communication

Contact Information

Joe Cardot, Chair

ACU Box 28156

Abilene, Texas 79699-8156

Sherrod Building – Don Morris Center,

Room 128

 

Phone: 325-674-2136

Fax: 325-674-6966

Email: cardotj@acu.edu

Web: www.acu.edu/comm 

 

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Communication (BA)

Communication (BS)

Minor in Communication

Faculty

Garry Bailey, Associate Professor
Jonathan Camp, Assistant Professor 
Joe Cardot, Professor

Carley Dodd, Professor

Sally Gary, Assistant Professor

Paul Lakey, Professor

Cynthia Roper, Associate Professor

Lynette Sharp Penya, Associate Professor

John Tyson, Assistant Professor

Dwayne D. VanRheenen, Professor

Kristina Campos Wallace, Instructor

Jerry Winsor, Professor

 

Majors: Communication

Minors: Communication

 

Course Descriptions

Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Course offered by the Department of Communication include those with the following designations: COMS.



The Department of Communication offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, and a Bachelor of Science degree in communication. A minor in communication may be added to other majors.

The Master of Arts degree in communication is available. The interdisciplinary Master of Science degree in organizational and human resource development (OHRD) combining business, communication and psychology is available and coordinated by the department. See the Graduate School section of this catalog.

 

Introduction

The Department of Communication recognizes the increasingly vital role of communication in modern society. Communication permeates all social, corporate, civic, educational and religious situations, and the demand for individuals skilled in its use continues to grow. A basic course in communication is required for most degrees at ACU.

Instructional facilities are located in the Sherrod Building of the Don Morris Center and include well-equipped classrooms, videotaping equipment, multimedia presentation equipment and access to computers. Highly-qualified Christian faculty, many known nationally and internationally, are dedicated to teaching, research and helpful interaction with their students.

The focus of communication is on information management and interaction. Students successfully completing a major in communication prepare themselves for a variety of careers where people and information come together. It also provides preparatory training for law school, public relations, human resources, sales, management, government work and many other fields that require competence in information management and human interaction. Graduates are especially prepared in such essential areas as team building, the analysis and organization of information, and critical thinking. Communication graduates are in successful careers as diverse as business, ministry, training, insurance, and social and government service.

The program also prepares students who plan to do graduate work in communication and become college communication/speech teachers.

Students interested in pulpit ministry should see the College of Biblical Studies for a degree in Christian ministry.

Study Abroad Expectations
All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to the program in communication, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

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COMMUNICATION (BA)

BA: COMMUNICATION DEGREE PLAN (COMS)
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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible ...................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Literature ...........................................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................3
History
     HIST 100-299 .....................................................................................................3
Science
     Courses in two fields: biology, chemistry, environmental technology, geology,
          physics, NUTR 120 .........................................................................................

 

6

Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) .........................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BA DEGREE CORE
English

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................

     Literature ...........................................................................................................

3

3

Social Sciences/Humanities
     Choose from: anthropology, economics (also AGRB 261), geography, history,
          philosophy, political science, psychology (also EDUC 221), sociology

          (maximum one course per area) .....................................................................

 

 

9

Foreign Language
     FLFR, FLGE, FLLA, FLSP 221, 222 ...........................................................................6
Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, THEA 220 or THEA 250 ......................................3
TOTAL BA CORE .....................................................................................................24
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Communication

     Choose one: COMS 222, 228 or 343 .....................................................................

     COMS 236 General Communication Theory ...........................................................

     COMS 331 Small Group Communication ................................................................

     COMS 407 Information Processing and Rhetorical Strategies or

          COMS 491 Rhetorical Theory ...........................................................................

     COMS 483 Advanced Public Speaking ...................................................................

     COMS 499 Communication Practicum ....................................................................

3

3

3

 

3

3

3

Area of Emphasis

Selected from one communication track:

     Intercultural recommendations: COMS 341, 345, 376, 383, 436, 485 .......................

     Interpersonal recommendations: COMS 341, 345, 375, 376, 384, 430, 436 ..............

     Organizational recommendations: COMS 375, 383, 384, 408, 421, 430, 485, 486 ......

     Public and corporate advocacy: COMS 222, 343, 375, 408, 421, 485, 491 ................

 

18

18

18

18

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................36
ELECTIVES

Recommended minors:

     Intercultural track: business, missions, psychology

     Interpersonal track: Bible, English, psychology, sociology

     Organizational track: business, digital media, integrated marketing communication

     Public and corporate advocacy track: business, integrated marketing communication

 

 

 

 

     Minimum ..............................................................................................................27
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum grade for each course in major ...............................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

C

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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COMMUNICATION (BS) 

BS: COMMUNICATION DEGREE PLAN (COMS)

______________________________________________________________________

UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible ...................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric ......................................................................

     Literature ............................................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ...........................................................3
History
     HIST 100-299 ......................................................................................................3
Science
     Courses in two fields: biology, chemistry, environmental technology, geology,
          physics, NUTR 120 ..........................................................................................

 

6

Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) .........................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities ........................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ............................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BS DEGREE CORE
English
     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ....................................................................3
Social Sciences/Humanities
     Choose from: anthropology, economics (also AGRB 261), geography, history,

          philosophy, political science, psychology (also EDUC 221), sociology

          (maximum one course per area) ......................................................................

 

 

9

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, THEA 220 or THEA 250 .......................................3
TOTAL BS CORE ......................................................................................................15

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Communication
     COMS 222 Debate: Theory and Practice or

          COMS 228 Oral Interpretation or

          COMS 343 Business and Professional Communication ........................................

     COMS 236 General Communication Theory ...........................................................

     COMS 331 Small Group Communication ................................................................

     COMS 407 Information Processing and Rhetorical Strategies or

          COMS 491 Rhetorical Theory ...........................................................................

     COMS 483 Advanced Public Speaking ...................................................................

     COMS 485 Organizational Communication .............................................................

     COMS 499 Communication Practicum ....................................................................

 

 

3

3

3

 

3

3

3

3

Area of Emphasis

Selected from one communication track:

     Intercultural recommendations: COMS 341, 345, 376, 383, 436, 485 ........................

     Interpersonal recommendations: COMS 341, 345, 375, 376, 384, 430, 436 ...............

     Organizational recommendations: COMS 375, 383, 384, 408, 421, 430, 485, 486 ......

     Public and corporate advocacy: COMS 222, 343, 375, 408, 421, 485, 491 .................

 

18

18

18

18

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................39
SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR

One Research Tool

     Choose from: IS 322, SOCI 415, 416, PSYC 311 ...................................................

 

3-4

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................3-4
ELECTIVES

     Minimum .............................................................................................................

29-30

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum grade for each course in major ...............................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours .....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

C

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



 

Minor in Communication

MINOR: COMMUNICATION (COMS)

     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................

     COMS 100-499 ...................................................................................................

     COMS 300-499 ...................................................................................................

3

3

12

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................18


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