Communication, Journalism, and Film

Programs offered
  • Communication (major, minor, and track)
  • Film Studies (major)

When you major or minor in the Department of Communication, Journalism, and Film, you are prepared to understand communication as a social, intellectual, ethical, and artistic process. You will learn to engage in communication, journalism, and film as a responsible human behavior.

Find out more about this program’s mission, vision, and learning outcomes.

Communication (BA)

Communication Studies

The Communication Studies track of this major provides you opportunities to develop communication skills, explore values, and acquire techniques of insight and critical reasoning. Emphasis is placed on person-to-person contact in both private and public settings.

Journalism

The Journalism track of this major educates, trains, and prepares you to engage in a career in journalism. This track provides many opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom, to develop written and oral communication skills, explore values, and acquire techniques of insight and critical reasoning. Emphasis is placed on mediated communication in public settings.

  • A minimum 60–63 credits are required for the Communication major, including 25–28 upper-division credits.
  • You will choose one of two tracks — Communications Studies or Journalism Track — when you major in Communication.
  • The General Core in this major is 35 credits, including “Public Speaking” and “Communication Ethics.” This major also includes 10 elective credits.
  • During your senior year, you will choose one Senior Seminar such as “Persuasive Campaigns,” “Gender Communication,” or “Rhetoric of Dissent.”

Film Studies (BA)

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The Film Studies major prepares you to become a creative and informed writer, audience member, and practitioner of film, through a deeper understanding of film art, history, aesthetics, criticism, and production.

You will develop skills that are at the heart of a liberal arts education, including writing, critical thinking, and problem solving. The major provides an array of course offerings informed by a Christian perspective, with the aim of graduating students of competence and character who are prepared for professional careers, advanced study, and service. Primary goals include:

Cinema literacy: You will practice critical media literacy within the contexts of American and international cinemas.

Historical literacy: You will understand the formation of the American film industry and the pivotal roles movies have played in shaping American and international cultures.

Creative practice: This major prepares a generation of film critics, audiences, and professionals.

  • A minimum 68 credits are required for this major, including 30 upper-division credits.
  • This program partners with the L.A. Film Studies Center, a BestSemester program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. A semester at the LAFSC can serve as credits toward the Film Studies major.

Communication minor

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  • A minimum 30 credits are required for these minors, including 15 upper-division credits.

Apply to the major or minor

  • To apply for a major in Communication, you must have completed two courses in Communication or Journalism, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in all college work applicable to the degree or 3.0 in the 45 credits immediately preceding application for the major. 
  • To apply for a major in Film Studies, you must take FLM 1000, either FLM 2001 or FLM 2002, Art 1107, and submit writing samples and a short film. You must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher in all college work applicable to the degree or 3.0 in the 45 credits immediately preceding application for the major.
  • Apply for your major or minor by completing the online Major or Minor form.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements in effect when you are admitted to the major.

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Communication, Journalism, and Film

Visit the Communication, Journalism and Film website, and see how a degree from this department can help you achieve your goals to make a difference in the world.

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