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 

 

Majors:Communication (BA)
             Communication (BS)

 

Minor:   Communication

Faculty
Jonathan Camp, Assistant Professor
Kristina Campos, Instructor 
Joe Cardot, Professor
Dena Counts, Instructor

Carley Dodd, Professor
Sally Gary, Assistant Professor
Paul Lakey, Professor
Cynthia Roper, Associate Professor
Lynette Sharp Penya, Associate Professor
John Tyson, Assistant Professor
 

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 and communication is available and coordinated by the department. See the Graduate School section of this catalog. 

A Master of Science degree in Global IT and Leadership is available combing Information Technology, Management Sciences, and Communication. 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 department staffs and operates the ACU Speaking Center housed in the campus library. It provides expertise in all aspects of the creation and delivery of presentations. The services are available to all students, faculty, staff, and community members who may require assistance.

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 successful in 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 .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature ..........................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................3
History
     HIST 100-299 .....................................................................................................3
Science

     Choose from (must include two different fields): biology, chemistry, geology

           physicsAENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 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 ...................................................................

     Sophomore 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, 221, 222, MUSM 230, MUSM 231, MUSM 232, MUSM 233
                        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 Communication in Society (writing-intensive course) or

          COMS 491 Rhetorical Theory (writing-intensive course) .....................................

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

     COMS 499 Communication Internship ...................................................................

3

3

3

 

3

3

3

Area of Emphasis (Recommended)

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)

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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 ......................................................................

     Sophomore Literature ..........................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ...........................................................3
History
     HIST 100-299 ......................................................................................................3
Science

     Choose from (must include two different fields): biology, chemistry, geology

           physicsAENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 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, 221, 222, MUSM 230, MUSM 231, MUSM 232, MUSM 233
                        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 Communication in Society (writing-intensive course) or

          COMS 491 Rhetorical Theory (writing-intensive course) .....................................

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

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

     COMS 499 Communication Internship ...................................................................

 

 

3

3

3

 

3

3

3

3

Area of Emphasis (Recommended)

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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