Communication

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 

Faculty
Jonathan Camp, Assistant Professor
Kristina Campos, Assistant Professor
Joe Cardot, Professor
Dena Counts, Instructor
Carley Dodd, Professor
Sally Gary, Assistant Professor
Paul Lakey, Professor
Lauren Smith Lemley, Assistant Professor
Cynthia Roper, Associate Professor
Lynette Sharp Penya, Associate Professor
J.D. Wallace, Associate Professor

Majors: Communication (BA)

               Communication (BS)

Minor: Communication

The Department of Communication offers 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, conflict resolution and communication 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, digital recording 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)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  
Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog. 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Communication

    COMS 222 Discussion, Dissent, and Debate

    COMS 236 General Communication Theory

    COMS 331 Small Group Communication

    COMS 345 Intercultural Communication

    COMS 421 Leadership and Communication

    COMS 483 Advanced Public Speaking

    COMS 491 Rhetorical Theory (writing-intensive course)

    COMS 499 Communication Internship

Area of Emphasis (Recommended)

Selected from one communication track:

    Leadership in Organizations: COMS 343, 383, 384,  408, 430, 485, 486

    Relationships in Community: COMS 341, 376, 407, 430, 436, 450

    Social Influence in a Globalized World: COMS 375, 383, 415,

        436, 440, plus 3 hours advanced COMS

TOTAL

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

 

18

18

 

18

42

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  

English

    Sophomore Literature

Foreign Language

    FLFR, FLGE, FLLA, or FLSP 221, 222

TOTAL

 

3

 

6

9

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

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
21

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

72

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum grade for each course in major

Minimum GPA for graduation

Minimum advanced hours

Minimum total hours

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

C

2.00

33

128

 

COMMUNICATION(BS)  

BS: COMMUNICATION DEGREE PLAN (COMS)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

 Communication

    COMS 222 Discussion, Dissent, and Debate 

    COMS 236 General Communication Theory  

    COMS 331 Small Group Communication  

    COMS 345 Intercultural Communication 

    COMS 421 Leadership and Communication 

    COMS 483 Advanced Public Speaking  

    COMS 491 Rhetorical Theory (writing-intensive course)  

    COMS 499 Communication Internship  

Area of Emphasis (Recommended)

Selected from one communication track:

    Leadership in Organizations: COMS 343, 383, 384, 408, 430, 485, 486 

    Relationships in Community: COMS 341, 376, 407, 430, 436, 450 

    Social Influence in a Globalized World: COMS 375, 383, 415, 436, 440

          plus 3 hours advanced COMS 

TOTAL  

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

 

18

18

 

18

 42

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  

One Research Tool

    Choose from: IS 322; SOCI 415; PSYC 311  

TOTAL  

 

3

3

ELECTIVES  

Minimum  

27

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

72

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum grade for each course in major  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

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

 

C

2.00

33

128

  Minor in Communication 
 

MINOR: COMMUNICATION (COMS)  

COMS 211 Speech and Rhetoric 

COMS 100-499  

COMS 300-499  

TOTAL  

3

3

12

18

 

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.

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