Courses | Communication Studies, B.A.

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

Major Courses

Descriptions and applications of communication theories such as symbolic interaction, relational theories, narrative paradigm and selected group operational theories.

This course focuses on developing communication skills in the dyadic setting including emphasis on essential preconditions, conflict management, interpersonal relationships, nonverbal behavior and creative supportive climates.

Methodology for communication research, with attention to quantitative and qualitative research. Includes sampling, questionnaire design, introduction to statistics, ethnography, and other qualitative methodologies. Students conduct survey research projects. Learning to read and evaluate research components is an expected learning outcome.

Techniques of persuasive speaking and communication persuasion theories. Experience in the preparation and delivery of speeches.

The dynamics of organizational communication centering in systems, structures and patterns of work/workplace communication; the role of communication in organizational development.

Major theories of rhetorical and public address from classical to contemporary periods.

Study and analysis of intercultural communication and identity within the context of the United States.


Concentrations

Rhetorical/Interpersonal

Creating historians via a survey of the development of the motion picture. Films screened in the course will be analyzed from perspectives of auteur theory, genre theory and thematic criticism. Special emphasis will be given to cultural criticism locating films in their unique time and place.

Directed practical experience in the various fields of mass communication.

A rotating variety of topics and production experiences often employing special guests from within the media industries. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, Fund Raising, Event Planning, Visual Effects, Audio Recording, Cinematography, Production Design, the Sundance Film Festival, the City of the Angels Film Festival, the Biola Media Conference.

Development of communication skills in public speaking. The course will include presentational skills, attention to multicultural communication encounters, audience analysis, speech opportunities, research, organization and critical thinking.

This course focuses on the individual's communication in a group setting: leadership in groups; group communication norms and processes with emphasis on problem solving and conflict management techniques.

Effective oral communication: invention, analysis, evidence, methods of attack and defense and arrangement of ideas.

Learning to read types of literature aloud in a manner that enhances and enriches the audience's understanding and appreciation of that literature.

Practical speech experience in debate and individual speaking events. Each section (COMM 282, 382) may be repeated once for a total of eight credits.

Additional experience in improving public speaking skills in power point presentations, critiquing of speeches, and groups presentations. Speeches include: Semiotics Analysis; Apologetics Speech; Tribute Speech; and Group Presentation.

Practical speech experience in debate and individual speaking events. Each section (COMM 282, 382) may be repeated once for a total of eight credits.

Application, practice and analysis of selected communication forms from a rhetorical perspective. Sections offered in political, social issues and nonverbal communication.

For students prepared to gain practical experience. Usually off campus in a work situation.

Directed practical experience in the various fields of communication.

Further in-depth study of characterization, script analysis, and various styles of acting. Topics may vary.

Evaluation and assessment of communication sources and artifacts. Application of critical methodologies (e.g., pentadic, narrative, feminist, metaphoric, generic) to generate scholarly commentary.

Introduction to the mechanics and creativity of drama in the church, as well as issues facing the Christian drama coordinator or director. Class members are involved in class performances. This course explores the potential and practical experiences for use of drama in church and parachurch settings, providing insights for participants and leaders in drama ministry.

Rhetorical criticism and evaluation of communicative messages in film, television, theatre, popular music, the popular press/books, and Internet.

Various aspects and problems in the fields of communication.

Relationship between communication and culture with emphasis on factors affecting the quality and processes of interpersonal communication between persons of different cultures or subcultures.

Selected communication topics varied by semester. Sections offered include: gender studies, relational studies, family communication, leadership communication, and engaging worldviews.

Individual research in areas of communication determined in consultation with the instructor.

A survey course in which students explore the nature and process of public relations process as well as methods and professional issues. Public Relations is conceived as the "overall umbrella" under which come advertising, marketing, promotion, publicity, employee and community relations, and public affairs. In addition to exploring public relations generally, the class addresses both corporate and not-for-profit organizations as well as religious and mainstream operations.

Familiarizes students with and challenges them in a variety of forms of public relations writing. Vehicles include internal and external media, print, electronic and audiovisual. Emphases include research, audience analysis, message design, and selection of communication channels.

Portfolio course in which students produce professional-level work in one of the following campus media: newspaper, magazine, public relations, television, radio or Web/convergent media. Work in the practicum is designed as a springboard to competitive application for internships and career-entry in media and media-related ministry. Students are not allowed to take Practicum credits simultaneously (in one semester).

An introductory course providing students with the media tools and grasp of marketing-related media theory needed for effective digital communications in businesses and organizations. Course content will cover the basic social media platforms and their uses from an organizational standpoint; Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tools and methods; and digital strategy for online advertising, analytics and website user trending. Upon completion, students will be equipped to create digital communication strategies, understanding the platforms and tools available along with methods to measure effectiveness for a variety of audiences.

Students acquire the basic skills necessary to work as a television news anchor and reporter. Study of delivery topics including: breathing techniques, voice pitch, how to read the teleprompter, on-air appearance and one of the most important skills necessary as a broadcast journalist—how to deliver a live report. Class projects include mandatory appearances on Biola's EagleVision newscasts, as both an anchor and reporter. May include a visit to a local television news studio.

Advertising principles and techniques. The study of effective and ineffective forms of advertising. Applications linked to public relations, media events, marketing, and communication encounters.

Study of theoretical approaches to the First Amendment as well as specific areas of concern to professional journalists such as defamation, privacy, fair trial, obscenity, copyright, shield laws, sunshine laws, etc. Exploration of applied professional ethics and contemporary professional issues of ethics for journalists.

A rotating variety of topics and production experiences often employing special guests from within Journalism or Public Relations. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, Documentary Reporting, Political Journalism, PR Fund Raising, Event Planning, Cross-cultural journalism, advanced multimedia, or advanced photojournalism.

Dramatic Arts

Core Courses:

Beginning directed practical experience in dramatic production. Credit for performing in a play, set construction, costume construction, publicity, or other aspects of the theatrical process.

Advanced practical experience in dramatic process. Credit for performing in a play, set construction, costume construction, publicity, or other aspects of theatrical process.

Elective Courses:

Creating historians via a survey of the development of the motion picture. Films screened in the course will be analyzed from perspectives of auteur theory, genre theory and thematic criticism. Special emphasis will be given to cultural criticism locating films in their unique time and place.

Directed practical experience in the various fields of mass communication.

A rotating variety of topics and production experiences often employing special guests from within the media industries. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, Fund Raising, Event Planning, Visual Effects, Audio Recording, Cinematography, Production Design, the Sundance Film Festival, the City of the Angels Film Festival, the Biola Media Conference.

Development of communication skills in public speaking. The course will include presentational skills, attention to multicultural communication encounters, audience analysis, speech opportunities, research, organization and critical thinking.

Intensive training in the correct use of voice and articulation for the actor. Special attention paid to developing skills for vocal and physical relaxation, projection, and anatomical uses of the voice.

This course focuses on the individual's communication in a group setting: leadership in groups; group communication norms and processes with emphasis on problem solving and conflict management techniques.

Makeup requirements for the stage. Individual skill development in character analysis. Application in pigment, plastic, hair, makeup, and selection and use of makeup equipment.

Design fundamentals, including costume history, research, play analysis, fabric selection, construction basics and hypothetical design projects.

Explorations in the basic elements and terminology that define theatre. Special attention given to such topics as: safety, props, two- and three-dimensional scenery and their materials, and scene painting.

Learning to read types of literature aloud in a manner that enhances and enriches the audience's understanding and appreciation of that literature.

Practical speech experience in debate and individual speaking events. Each section (COMM 282, 382) may be repeated once for a total of eight credits.

Additional experience in improving public speaking skills in power point presentations, critiquing of speeches, and groups presentations. Speeches include: Semiotics Analysis; Apologetics Speech; Tribute Speech; and Group Presentation.

Study of lighting and sound variables in a stage production. Student projects include light and sound choices for a particular production.

Practical speech experience in debate and individual speaking events. Each section (COMM 282, 382) may be repeated once for a total of eight credits.

Application, practice and analysis of selected communication forms from a rhetorical perspective. Sections offered in political, social issues and nonverbal communication.

Exploration of the art and craft of directing for the theatre. Topics covered: storytelling, instincts, staging, picturization, dramatic tension, style, meaning, examining, text, groundplans, auditioning, working with actors and other relevant issues facing the director.

Survey of prominent dramatic theories (e.g. Aristotle's Poetics, dramatic theory of story structure, contemporary theatre theory, etc.). Elements of dramaturgy will also be introduced.

Scene design, including script analysis, formation of visual concepts, floor plan development and model building for the stage. Practical training in theatrical production written critiques/reviews.

Creation of original material for solo or corporate dramatic performance. Workshop for the presentation of created original materials for stage.

For students prepared to gain practical experience. Usually off campus in a work situation.

Directed practical experience in the various fields of communication.

Further in-depth study of characterization, script analysis, and various styles of acting. Topics may vary.

Introduction to the mechanics and creativity of drama in the church, as well as issues facing the Christian drama coordinator or director. Class members are involved in class performances. This course explores the potential and practical experiences for use of drama in church and parachurch settings, providing insights for participants and leaders in drama ministry.

Relationship between communication and culture with emphasis on factors affecting the quality and processes of interpersonal communication between persons of different cultures or subcultures.

Study and analysis of intercultural communication and identity within the context of the United States.

Selected communication topics varied by semester. Sections offered include: gender studies, relational studies, family communication, leadership communication, and engaging worldviews.

Theatre-based tour of London, England, exploring Shakespeare's birthplace, theatrical venues, and acting workshops.

Individual research in areas of communication determined in consultation with the instructor.

An introductory course providing students with the media tools and grasp of marketing-related media theory needed for effective digital communications in businesses and organizations. Course content will cover the basic social media platforms and their uses from an organizational standpoint; Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tools and methods; and digital strategy for online advertising, analytics and website user trending. Upon completion, students will be equipped to create digital communication strategies, understanding the platforms and tools available along with methods to measure effectiveness for a variety of audiences.

Students acquire the basic skills necessary to work as a television news anchor and reporter. Study of delivery topics including: breathing techniques, voice pitch, how to read the teleprompter, on-air appearance and one of the most important skills necessary as a broadcast journalist—how to deliver a live report. Class projects include mandatory appearances on Biola's EagleVision newscasts, as both an anchor and reporter. May include a visit to a local television news studio.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Methodology for communication research, with attention to quantitative and qualitative research. Includes sampling, questionnaire design, introduction to statistics, ethnography, and other qualitative methodologies. Students conduct survey research projects. Learning to read and evaluate research components is an expected learning outcome.

Study and analysis of intercultural communication and identity within the context of the United States.