Communication Arts

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Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

CBU's communication studies major seeks to cultivate each student’s critical thinking skills while challenging them to integrate biblical thought with contemporary cultural concepts. Students acquire a high level of proficiency in creating, developing and delivering presentations. As a graduate of the program, they exhibit creativity, confidence and competence through the development of nationally accepted verbal communications principles and practices.

In addition, California Baptist University offers one of the nation’s premier speech and debate programs. CBU speech students compete at tournaments throughout the year and consistently take top honors in individual and team competitions.

Career Opportunities

After graduation, CBU communication studies students are prepared to enter a diverse range of occupations, including

  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Speech or script writing
  • News reporting
  • Teaching

Communications/Speech Program Student Outcomes

1. Oral, Technical, and/or nonverbal performance

2. Creative Works

3. Critical Thought

4. Evaluation of Individual Coursework

5. Assessment of Personal Growth

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Program Requirements (36 units)

Complete the following courses:

Lower Division Requirements

COM110 Forensic Workshop

COM110 Forensic Workshop

A participation class in forensics. Students compete in intercollegiate events. Majors may take a maximum of eight (8) units as part of the Communications Program. Communications minors may take a maximum of four (4) units. Students should consult their advisor in the Communication Arts Department to determine how many units per semester are allowed since the program is offered on a continuing basis. (1-3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 COM110-A A Marse, Michael 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM TBA
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COM113 Oral Communications

COM113 Oral Communications

This course is designed to introduce the process of public communication and to help develop and refine the skills of oral communication. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 COM113-C C Rowland, William F 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM James Complex
181
Spring 2014 COM113-L L Boes, Cynthia D. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM Building 36
36A
Spring 2014 COM113-D D Boes, Cynthia D. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM James Complex
356
Spring 2014 COM113-G G Boes, Cynthia D. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM James Complex
181
Spring 2014 COM113-J J Rowland, William F 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Building 36
36A
Spring 2014 COM113-K K Vennemann, Darlene Sue 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM James Complex
181
Spring 2014 COM113-A A Pate, John R. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM James Complex
189
Spring 2014 COM113-B B Murray, Donald R. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM James Complex
181
Spring 2014 COM113-E E Vennemann, Darlene Sue 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM James Complex
181
Spring 2014 COM113-F F Murray, Donald R. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM Yeager Center
B221
Spring 2014 COM113-H H Marse, Michael 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM James Complex
181
Spring 2014 COM113-I I Murray, Donald R. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM Building 36
36A
Spring 2014 COM113-M M Boes, Cynthia D. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Yeager Center
B219
Fall 2014 COM113-M M STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-N N STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-F F STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-I I STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-L L STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-B B STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-P P Boes, Cynthia D. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-O O STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-C C Boes, Cynthia D. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-E E STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-J J STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-D D Boes, Cynthia D. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-A A Pate, John R. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-G G Marse, Michael 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM113-H H Marse, Michael 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
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Upper Division Requirements

COM308 Interpersonal Communications

COM308 Interpersonal Communications

This class examines the dynamics of the two-person communication process. Students will study the development of self-concept, self-disclosure, perception, listening, and feedback as they affect the communication process. Non-verbal communication, attitudes, beliefs, and values will also be explored. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 COM308-A A Boes, Cynthia D. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM Yeager Center
B251
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COM333 Oral Interpret/Reader's Theater

COM333 Oral Interpret/Reader's Theater

Analysis and oral presentation of literature in a way that is vivid, compelling, and dramatic. This class will help the student to perfect skills in dramatic reading, reading of scripture, and finding and preparing literature for oral presentation. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 COM333-A A Pate, John R. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM Sch Business Building
251
Fall 2014 COM333-B B Pate, John R. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 COM333-A A Pate, John R. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
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COM340 Rhetoric and Persuasion

COM340 Rhetoric and Persuasion

This course is designed to develop advanced analysis of communication artifacts using theories of rhetoric and persuasion. The course discusses and makes use of rhetorical theorists from classical and contemporary traditions through the lens of compliance gaining. A focus will be on understanding human persuasion in everyday life, as well as in scholarly perspective. (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 COM340-A A Marse, Michael 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM James Complex
192
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COM401 Argumentation & Debate

COM401 Argumentation & Debate

A study of the principles and models of argumentation and debate, the basic theories, strategies, and processes by which a student may present an effective argument, as well as their application to business and interpersonal communication as well as ministry. The course provides practical experience in forming arguments, defending a position, using evidence to build a case, refutation, and analysis of arguments. Special emphasis given to the principles of Parliamentary Debate. May be repeated for a total of eight (8) units. Only three (3) units may be applied to the major. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 COM401-B B Marse, Michael 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM Mission Hall
127
Fall 2014 COM401-A A Marse, Michael 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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COM403 Communication Theory

COM403 Communication Theory

This course is designed to introduce theories in the academic field of communication studies. The focus of the course will be on recognizing human communication theories in everyday life, and being able to critically examine situations in multiple cultural contexts based on those theories. Connections will be made between these theories and the prominent theories of related fields. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 COM403-A A Marse, Michael 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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COM405 Rhetorical Criticism

COM405 Rhetorical Criticism

This course is designed to develop advanced analysis of communication artifacts using rhetorical theory. The course discusses and makes use of rhetorical theorists from classical and contemporary traditions to better understand cultural artifacts from various contexts. Application to various non-communication related fields will be explored. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 COM405-A A Boes, Cynthia D. 01/08/2014 Tuesday 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM Mission Hall
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COM425 Organizational Communication

COM425 Organizational Communication

Examination of the nature and process of communication in modern organizations, including theories, change strategies, internal personnel relations, and conflict management, as they relate to organizational cultures. (3 units; Interdiciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 COM425-A A Pate, John R. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Mission Hall
126
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Upper Division Elective Requirements

Complete nine (9) units from the following:

COM200 Special Topics in Comm Studies

COM200 Special Topics in Comm Studies

Concentration upon a specific topic in the field of communication arts. Topic varies for different semesters. May be taken multiple times with change in topic. (3 units; As offered)

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COM300 Public Relations

COM300 Public Relations

Principles, history and professional practice of public relations and the writing and production of materials for special events, newsletters, and brochures. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 COM300-A A Romo, Sandra Jean 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM Yeager Center
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Fall 2014 COM300-A A Romo, Sandra Jean 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex
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Fall 2014 COM300-B B Romo, Sandra Jean 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex
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COM310 Forensic Workshop

COM310 Forensic Workshop

A participation class in forensics. Students compete in intercollegiate events. Majors may take a maximum of eight (8) units as part of the Communications Program. Communications minors may take a maximum of four (4) units. Students should consult their advisor in the Communication Arts Department to determine how many units per semester are allowed since the program is offered on a continuing basis. Prerequisite: COM 110 or 210. (1-3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 COM310-A A Marse, Michael 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM TBA
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COM450 Internship in Communication Arts

COM450 Internship in Communication Arts

Under faculty supervision, the student will be assigned to a position, utilizing principles of communication studies acquired and employed throughout their university experience. This internship provides an opportunity for investigating and participating in field experience with a practitioner of the trade, giving depth and breadth to their understanding of communication studies as a whole. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (1-3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 COM450-IN IN Pate, John R. 01/08/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
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Spring 2014 COM450-A A Pate, John R. 01/08/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
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ICS430 Intercultural Communications

ICS430 Intercultural Communications

The purpose of this course is to explore the principles of intercultural communications. This course will address principles and processes of communication from one culture to another. The course will also focus on different perceptions, ways of thinking, values, non-verbal expression, language expression and sub-groups within a culture as they relate to the media and the message. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 ICS430-A A White, Kristen 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM Sch Business Building
203
Fall 2014 ICS430-A A White, Kristen 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center
A111
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THE312 Drama in the Classroom

THE312 Drama in the Classroom

The student will learn how to use drama and theatre activities both for and with children, and how they can incorporate drama into education by creating lesson plans and planning specific assignments. The student will also develop skills in oral interpretation and storytelling to become a more interesting and expressive teacher. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 THE312-A A Parshall, Stephanie 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM Wallace Theater
204
Fall 2014 THE312-A A Parshall, Stephanie 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Wallace Theater
203
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THE313 Advanced Makeup

THE313 Advanced Makeup

Advanced study and application of 3-Dimensional makeup techniques with a focus on foam latex prosthetics. Students will develop skills in life casting, mold making, sculpting, casting and running foam latex. Students will learn advanced painting and makeup application techniques required for blending prosthetics with human skin. Students will also explore techniques for using gelatin makeup for large wound and facial trauma effects. (3 units; Multicultural; As offered)

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THE340 Drama in the Church

THE340 Drama in the Church

Designed for pastors, teachers, youth leaders, and church workers, this class explores various ways that drama can be utilized in the church. Class work includes hands-on experience in using church drama with children and youth, drama for the worship service, and how to start a drama program at your local church. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring odd years)

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