Communication

Communication

Be an effective communicator.

Clear communicators are in high demand. Whether you want to write for the media, present to business clients, or teach the Bible, proficient communication skills are essential to your future career. We will prepare you with both the theory and practical experience to skillfully and responsibly engage in communication in your chosen field.

Be skilled in your speech. Be effective in your writing. Be ready to make a difference. Be TIU.

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Coursework

Requirements for this degree total 45 hours. This includes 27 hours of required courses and 18 hours in your chosen concentration. Up to 3 of the hours required in the major may be used to meet general education requirements. You'll take interesting courses like:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Group Dynamics
  • Mass Communication
                          ... and many more!

With tuition-free summer courses, you could complete your communication degree in just three years!

Concentrations

  • Business Communication
  • Communication for Ministry
  • Contemporary Media Studies
  • Relational Communication
CourseTitleCredits
COM 120 Survey of Communication Theory 3 hours
COM 204 Mass Communication 3 hours
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Did You Know?

During your time at TIU, you will have the chance to work with TIU's communication & marketing department on key initiatives for the university. 

Minors

If you are looking at another program at TIU, but want to gain some of the skills that you would in the major, you might want to consider adding a minor to your degree:

  • Communication Minor
  • Graphic Design Minor
  • Organizational Leadership Minor

Careers & Internships

Communication theories and vocabulary are useless without applied practice in your chosen area of concentration. As a communication major, you will have the opportunity to participate in professional internships that will give you hands-on experience to practice your skills. Leave TIU prepared to excel in any number of demanding careers!

Communication: Kellie Miller

Kellie Miller

'10, B.A. / Communication
Complaints & Grievances Specialist

"I learned to appreciate the opportunity (public speaking) affords us to instruct, teach and sometimes even inspire an audience."

Career Objectives

  • Media Writer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Communication Director
  • Creative Director
  • Sales Manager
  • Customer Care
  • Editor
  • Market Researcher
  • Events Planner

“It has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone...”

Media

Our hope is that when you graduate, you will be prepared with the writing skills, speaking abilities, and strategic thinking capacities to be an effective communicator in the field you choose to pursue.

CourseTitleCredits
Communication Core (27 hours)
Overview of Communication (9 hours)
Select three of the following courses:
COM 120 Survey of Communication Theory 3 hours
COM 204 Mass Communication 3 hours
COM 330 Intercultural Communication 3 hours
COM 332 Interpersonal Communication 3 hours
Communication in Practice (18 hours)
COM 112 Speech 3 hours
COM 240X Writing for the Media I 3 hours
COM 340X Writing for the Media II 3 hours
COM 241X Prepracticum two semesters 1 hour each
COM 450X Internship 3 hours
GPH 100 Design Software I 2 hours
GPH 200 Design Software II -or-
GPH 270 Web Design 3 hours
Concentrations
Business Communication Concentration (18 hours)
COM 140 Introduction to Public Relations 3 hours
COM 210X Business Communication 3 hours
COM 230 Advanced Public Speaking 3 hours
COM 334 Group and Organizational Communication 3 hours
BUS 334 Advertising 3 hours
COM 490 Communication Capstone 3 hours
Contemporary Media Concentration (18 hours)
COM 14 Introduction to Public Relations 3 hours
COM 440X Topics in Media Studies 3 hours
COM 441X Practicum 1 hour
GPH 110 Graphic Design I 3 hours
GPH 210 Graphic Design II 3 hours
GPH 300 Design Software III 2 hours
GPH 230 Photography -or-
GPH 260 Typography 3 hours
Communication for Ministry Concentration (18 hours)
COM 230 Advanced Public Speaking 3 hours
COM 334 Group and Organizational Communication 3 hours
COM 338 Gender and Family Communication 3 hours
COM 490 Communication Capstone 3 hours
CM 342 Relational Skills for Ministry 3 hours
Choose one:
CM 175 Foundations of Youth Ministry 3 hours
CM 215 Foundations of Children’s Ministry 3 hours
CM 260 Introduction to Intercultural Ministries 3 hours
CM 315 Principles of Family Ministry 3 hours
CM 400 Principles of Adult Ministry 3 hours
Relational Communication Concentration (18 hours)
COM 334 Group and Organizational Communication 3 hours
COM 338 Gender and Family Communication 3 hours
COM 490 Communication Capstone 3 hours
PSY 220 Interpersonal Skills Training 3 hours
Choose one:
PSY 300 Personality Theories 3 hours
PSY 350 Social Psychology 3 hours