BACHELORS DEGREE | COMMUNICATION ARTS

Degree Overview

Do your natural gifts lie in communications? Do you enjoy and excel at conveying information clearly? This fallen culture needs techno-savvy Christians, qualified for careers in the communications industry. Within this major, you will choose from one of five tracks: digital media, dramatic productions, photography, speech, and technical theatre with a specialized concentration in the medium of your choice. Whether your strengths lie behind the scenes or behind the microphone, a Communication Arts degree provides you with a wide range of career and ministry opportunities.

Program Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate high-level communication skills, especially in their chosen track of study.
  • Students will demonstrate increased levels of media literacy and active awareness of the impact media have on our lives and culture.
  • Students will be prepared to make informed, meaningful, and ethical choices as receivers of messages and professional-level producers of messengers.
  • Students will develop visual or physical products that demonstrate aesthetic quality.
  • Students will articulate the Scriptural worldview governing their works within the field of communication arts.

Suggested Course Schedule

1st Year

Semester 1

  • Elements of Photography (3)
  • Website Design 1 (3)
  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 1 (3)
  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
  • The Modern World (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 2 (3)
  • Introduction to Online Communications (3)
  • Visual Communications (3)
  • Persuasion (2)
  • Humanities Elective (3)

Total Credits: 17

2nd Year
3rd Year
4th Year

Related Minors

  • Digital Media Communications
  • Dramatic Productions
  • Marketing Management
  • Photography
  • Public Speaking
  • TESOL

Potential Career Fields

  • Journalist
  • Multimedia specialist
  • Photographer
  • Television and broadcasting
  • Graphic designer
  • Videographer
  • Speech Writer
  • Actor
  • Theatre worker and designer
  • Artistic Director
  • Corporate and government communicator

*Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees, specialized training, or additional certification and licenses.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT | KYLEE ZEMPEL

Kylee Zempel (’18) graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts, Speech and an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. Since MBU, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked at National Geographic as a travel editor. She now works as a magazine copy editor at the Washington Examiner, and freelances political commentary on the side. Kylee adds, “Current students should be always seeking ways to make themselves marketable candidates for future jobs, and to that I say: Internships, internships, internships. But also look for opportunities even on campus. Interested in journalism? Become an MBU news writer. Want to manage people and projects? Serve on student body council. Like politics? Arrange a campaign for student activism. Be strategic and think big.”

MBU Program Faculty

Meet some of the people who lead this program

Jeffrey Miller

College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor

Credentials

  • Ph.D. Communications, Regent University
  • MA Theatre, University of Akron
  • BS Secondary Education, Maranatha Baptist University

Tim Mielke

College of Arts and Science | Associate Professor

Credentials

  • MFA Photography, Academy of Art University
  • MA Multimedia Communications, Academy of Art University
  • BS Bible, Pillsbury Baptist Bible College

Luke Mielke

College of Arts and Sciences | Assistant Professor

Credentials

  • MFA Motion Pictures and Television, Academy of Art University
  • BBA New Media Marketing, Maranatha Baptist University

Angela Morris

College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor

Credentials

  • MS Communication, University Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • BS Speech Education, Maranatha Baptist University
  • CELTA Certification, Cambridge
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