Communication and Sociology

The Department of Communication and Sociology at ACU harnesses the vital role of communication and data analysis in modern society. Develop the skills to lead purposefully in careers where people and information converge in our Communication courses. Study across social issues and learn valuable discernment skills in our Sociology courses. We combine service-learning, community-based research and internships for a powerful practical learning experience.

The Department of Communication and Sociology at ACU harnesses the vital role of communication and data analysis in modern society. Develop the skills to lead purposefully in careers where people and information converge in our Communication courses. Study across social issues and learn valuable discernment skills in our Sociology courses. We combine service-learning, community-based research and internships for a powerful practical learning experience.

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All Undergraduate Degree Programs

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We offer three majors and three minors. Each program strengthens you to think critically, globally and missionally, increasingly valuable skills in an interconnected world.

Graduate Degree Program

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The Master of Arts in Communication prepares graduates to work in a variety of fields, including consulting, higher education, corporate training, public advocacy, human resources, corporate communication, nonprofits, organizational development, recruiting, fundraising, and public relations. Many students choose to continue their education by entering doctoral programs or law school. Areas of concentration include organizational communication, interpersonal/intercultural communication, persuasion, and rhetoric and public affairs.

 

Earning a graduate degree in communication opens doors and equips you to excel in almost any career field. The M.A. in Communication prepares graduates with advanced training and skills in leading individuals and teams, managing conflict, gathering data from interviews and focus groups, crafting/analyzing messages, designing surveys, conducting research, and increasing productivity. Graduates of the program in the past five years have a 100 percent acceptance rate into doctoral programs.


The Department of Communication and Sociology equips graduates to communicate skillfully, conduct research, think critically, globally and missionally to prepare them for service in a variety of careers.

With a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Communication from ACU, you’ll be able to choose between a variety of careers where people and information come together. This degree 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.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology equips students for careers in child services, politics, healthcare, law, nonprofit organizations, and other areas of service and ministry. The coursework combines excellent teaching with service-learning, community-based research, internships, and other practical learning experiences.

Additionally, earn an undergraduate degree in Communication and further your education at ACU with our Master of Arts in Communication.

Communication Overview

Communication faculty, students and graduates dedicate themselves to create excellent and ethical communicators, transforming lives through teaching, scholarship and service.

We recognize 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.

Sociology Overview

To support the University mission of preparing students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world, the program will equip students for personal and professional contribution to families and communities in a global society, with commitment to building and maintaining relationships made diverse by cultural, personal and social characteristics.

The major through its programs of instruction, service/learning, and partnership with community-based programs, will provide the student with a foundation that combines a Christian value base with the theories, principles, and practices of one or more academic disciplines.  The resulting attitudes, knowledge and skills will promote student life success in:

  1. Providing educational, remedial and rehabilitative services to families and communities;
  2. Organizing communities and neighborhoods for social action;
  3. Promoting family and community interests in public, private and governmental settings;
  4. Maintaining community resources that furnish responsive information, instruction, and assistance to all members of a community,
  5. Applying theoretical, knowledge-building and intervention skills in problem-solving activities with, and on behalf of, families and community members, especially those at risk of inequity due to cultural, personal or social characteristics.

These educational programs will prepare individuals who can apply such knowledge and skills in settings of graduate and continuing education, professional careers, faith-based action, and active citizenship in the variety of global and diverse communities that they will experience throughout life.