Communication Arts BA/BS

Communications is an academic discipline that encompasses all forms of human communication and a broad range of communicative skills important for success in any career or activity. Graduates with a degree in Communication Arts enter a wide variety of occupations, including radio and television broadcasting, public relations, technical editing, sales, government and academic administration, and teaching. A number go on to graduate and professional schools. This major provides students with an understanding of communication in a variety of contexts (e.g., interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, political and mass communication) and prepares them to be effective, well-rounded communicators. Participation in co-curricular activities such as public speaking competition and speech and debate are available to students.

All Communication Arts graduates are required to complete:

  1. A standardized Exit Exam,
  2. A portfolio and
  3. An oral presentation of senior research project.

General Education Core

Written Communication
Select one of the following:6.00
COLLEGE WRITING
and RESEARCH WRITING
COLLEGE WRITING AND RESEARCH
Oral Communication
COMM-204PUBLIC SPEAKING3.00
Mathematical Ways of Knowing
Select one of the following:3.00-4.00
MATHEMATICS AS A LIBERAL ART
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS (or MATH-147A & MATH-147B)
CALCULUS I
STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE SCIENCES
FOUNDATION OF ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS II
MATH FOR BUSINESS ANALYSIS
MATH FOR TECHNOLOGY
Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing
Select one of the following:3.00
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
WORLD CLASSICS
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
Select one of the following:3.00
SURVEY OF ART
THE ART AND HISTORY OF THE MOTION PICTURE
INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS
SURVEY OF MUSIC
MUSIC IN AMERICA
WORLD MUSIC
HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER
SURVEY OF THE THEATER
Scientific Ways of Knowing
Select one course from two disciplines; one lab7.00-8.00
SCIENCE FOR LIFE
PLANTS AND PEOPLE
HUMAN BIOLOGY
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
THE CHEMISTRY OF DAILY LIFE
GENERAL, ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SYSTEMS
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL SCIENCES 1
NATURAL SCIENCE FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATOR
GENERAL PHYSICS I
PHYS SCIENCES FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS
DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY
ENGINEERING PHYSICS I
Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing
Select from two disciplines:6.00
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
PRINCIPLES AND THEORY OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINCIPLES AND THEORY OF MICROECONOMICS
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
UNITED STATES HISTORY TO 1865
UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 1865
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
CURRENT SOCIAL PROBLEMS
Diversity
Select one of the following:4.00
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
Integrative Seminar: Ethics & Values
Select one of the following:3.00
ID 300A - 300T (see course descriptions for options)
HELLS CANYON INSTITUTE
Foreign/Heritage Language
8 credits required for a Bachelor of Science, take 16 credits if selecting Bachelor of Arts degree8.00-16.00
Total Credits46.00-56.00

Program Requirements

Major Courses
COMM-201INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION3.00
COMM-320PERSUASION3.00
COMM-330PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION3.00
COMM-380ETHICAL ISSUES IN COMMUNICATION3.00
COMM-384COMMUNICATION THEORY3.00
COMM-498SENIOR RESEARCH PROJECT DESIGN3.00
COMM-499RESEARCH PROJECT AND SEMINAR IN COMMUNICATIONS3.00
COMM-211TELEVISION PRODUCTION I4.00
or COMM-301 MEDIA RELATIONS
Select four 3 credit COMM courses (Limit 6 credits of Co-op, Internship, Practicum)12.00
Tracks
Select 12 credits from one of the tracks listed below12.00
General Electives
Select 22-30 general electives22.00-30.00
Total Credits71.00-79.00

Public Advocacy Track

Select 12 credits from the following:12.00
LOGIC AND ARGUMENTATION
WORKSHOP IN COMMUNICATIONS
MEDIA RELATIONS
ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING
AESTHETICS OF VISUAL PRODUCTION
POLITICAL COMMUNICATION
RESTORATIVE COMMUNICATION
PRINCIPLES OF ACTING
Total Credits12.00

Digital Visual Arts Track

Select 12 credits from the following:12.00
TELEVISION PRODUCTION I
MEDIA RELATIONS
SCRIPTWRITING AND PRE-PRODUCTION PLANNING
TELEVISION PRODUCTION II
VIDEO PRODUCTIONS
AESTHETICS OF VISUAL PRODUCTION
FILM STUDIES: ANIMATION
FILM STUDIES:THE DOCUMENTARY TRADITION
FILM STUDIES: NATIVE AMERICANS IN FILM
VIDEO PRODUCTION UNIT
VIDEO PRODUCTION UNIT
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
COMPOSITION
DIRECTING
DIRECTING FOR STAGE AND CAMERA
INTRODUCTION TO WEB DESIGN & DEVELOPMEN
IMAGE EDITING AND ILLUSTRATION
ADOBE INDESIGN
PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN I
PHOTOSHOP PHOTOGRAPHY
Total Credits12.00

Professional Communication Track

Select 12 credits from the following:12.00
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
COMMUNICATION AND DIVERSITY
RESTORATIVE COMMUNICATION
PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING
LEADERSHIP
ADVANCED WRITING AND COMMUNICATION
Total Credits12.00

Summary

General Education37
General Electives22-30
Major48
Language (16 if BA)4-12
Total120