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Courses | B.S. in Communication

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Take a look at the list below to get an idea of the types of available courses. Also, be sure to review core curriculum requirements and the official program requirements in the Biola University catalog.

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.

Program Core Courses

Select 9 credits of COMM electives.

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. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Communication credit. May count as a lower division COMM major elective only for Torrey Honors program students. Grade Mode: A.

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. Notes: This course has been renumbered to COMM 235 from COMM 270. Grade Mode: A.

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

A historical and interdisciplinary analysis of the development of communication studies theories, concepts, and practices from the classical rhetorical tradition to the present. Grade Mode: A.

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

This course will examine the rhetoric of Jesus in the ancient world in which he lived and make application to our rhetorical action as believers in the present age. The course will examine major elements of rhetorical action (public communication, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, etc.) used by Jesus in his earthy life and ministry and make application to the rhetorical action of Christians today

Utilizing communication theory (e.g., cognitive complexity, perspective-taking, symbolic maps, communication climates) and the wisdom of the Scriptures, students will learn to identify and winsomely engage a person’s worldview.

Major theories of rhetorical and public address from classical to contemporary periods. Grade Mode: A.
Study and analysis of intercultural communication and identity within the context of the United States. Grade Mode: A.

This course is designed to facilitate practical, theoretical, critical, and theological analysis of the role of communication in interpersonal conflict and negotiation. This will include an examination of conflict styles, theories, and strategies in conjunction with a practical modeling of communication practice and Christian ethics. This course will evaluate relevant contexts for conflict including workplace, family, church, both interpersonally and organizationally.

In this course, students will study the foundations of authentic communication through the development of a biblical vision and action plan for influencing some particular aspect of the culture. Students will learn to identify and explain the central characteristics of what it means to be a counter-public.


Elective Courses

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. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Communication credit. Grade Mode: A.

This class is designed to help you succeed in your academic, professional and personal life, particularly by developing a practical and theoretical understanding regarding workplace communication. Each of you begins this class with your own, individual experiences, perspectives and expectations. Learning and growing in the concept of work-life will provide you with a practical “tool belt” of specific methods and critical thinking abilities to: (a) Develop your capacity to conceptualize and apply valuable workplace communication strategies, (b) Strengthen your analytical and critical thinking skills, (c) Increase your ability in writing and presenting your thoughts, including content organization and delivery, (d) Equip you with career essentials: creating and/or polishing your resume, interview competence and rhetorical sensitivity, and (e) Utilize library resources and develop effective researching approaches. Grade Mode: A.

Effective oral communication: invention, analysis, evidence, methods of attack and defense and arrangement of ideas. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Communication credit and has been revised and renumbered to COMM 181. Grade Mode: A.

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. Grade Mode: A.

Techniques of persuasive speaking and communication persuasion theories. Experience in the preparation and delivery of speeches. Grade Mode: A.

Evaluation and assessment of communication sources and artifacts. Application of critical methodologies (e.g., pentadic, narrative, feminist, metaphoric, generic) to generate scholarly commentary. Grade Mode: A.
Relationship between communication and culture with emphasis on factors affecting the quality and processes of interpersonal communication between persons of different cultures or subcultures. Grade Mode: A.

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses

Students must complete the standard Core Curriculum (general education and Bible) requirements. The specific course below fulfills the Communication Core requirement.

This course develops student understanding of rhetoric as the foundation to all effective communication. Based on a communication model that recognizes the rhetorical situation as a determining factor in all communication decisions, the course provides students with instruction on gathering, organizing, and presenting information appropriate for the audience, context, and purpose of the communication event. Students will understand their role as both communicator/audience and will be asked to deliver/critique oral and written products to demonstrate their development of rhetorical skills. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum credit. Students should take this course in the second semester of their Freshman or the first semester of their Sophomore year at Biola. Ideally, a student would have had a COMM 100 (public speaking) or other fundamentals of communication course as part of their high school curriculum. If students have already fulfilled the COMM GE requirement, then COMM 200 may be taken as an option for a lower division COMM elective. Grade Mode: A.


Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses (Bible Requirement)

The Bible requirement is completed through a series of biblical and theological studies courses, as well as biblical and theological studies integrated into regular program courses (COMM 390, 392, 490, 492).

Equipping to interpret and apply the Bible in accurate and dynamic ways for spiritual transformation and character formation. Notes: Must be completed during the first year. Grade Mode: A.

Introduction to theology with special emphasis on learning to do theology, understand the doctrine of Scripture, introduce the integration of various fields of knowledge with the Bible, and see the importance and development of a Christian worldview. Grade Mode: A.

An overview of the Old Testament with emphasis on the purpose of the writers; history and culture; literary genre, structure, and themes; persons and events, and practical application for Christian living. Grade Mode: A, C.

An overview of the New Testament with emphasis on the purpose of the writers; history and culture; literary genre, structure, and themes; persons and events; and practical application for Christian living. Grade Mode: A, C.

The biblical doctrines of God, Christ, man, sin, salvation, the Holy Spirit, the church, and last things with reference to the history and development of Christian theology.
Study of the Book of Acts from a missions perspective, dealing with the activity of the early church and its current expression in evangelism and missions. Grade Mode: A.

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