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Overview | Communication Arts

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

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)
Math or Science Elective (3)
Humanities Elective (3)

Total Credits: 18

Semester 1

Digital Imaging (3)
Principles of Video Production 1 (3)
Journalism (3)
Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
Math or Science Elective (3)
Minor (3)

Total Credits: 18

Semester 2

Track Required Course (3)
Baptist Heritage (3)
Humanities Elective (3)
Persuasion (2)
Minor (3)

Total Credits: 14

Semester 1

Desktop Publishing (3)
Track Required Course (3)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
Open Elective (3)
Minor (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 2

Track Required Course (3)
Track Required Course (2)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
American Studies Elective (3)
Music Elective (2)
Minor (3)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 1

Track Required Course (3)
Bible Elective (3)
Literature Elective (3)
Communications Senior Capstone Prep (1)
Open Electives (4)
Minor (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

Apologetics (2)
Communications Senior Capstone Presentation (2)
Bible Elective (3)
Media Studies (3)
Minor (3)

Total Credits: 13

Related Minors

Digital Media Communications
Dramatic Productions
Computer Network Technology
Public Speaking

Potential Career Fields

Multimedia specialist
Television and broadcasting
Graphic designer
Speech Writer
Theatre worker and designer
Artistic Director
Corporate and government communicator

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

Alumni Spotlight

Kylee Zempel (’18)
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

Jeffrey Miller

College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor
Ph.D. Communications, Regent University
MA Theatre, University of Akron
BS Secondary Education, Maranatha Baptist University

Luke Mielke

College of Arts and Sciences | Assistant Professor
MFA Motion Pictures and Television, Academy of Art University
BBA New Media Marketing, Maranatha Baptist University

Tim Mielke

College of Arts and Science | Associate Professor
MFA Photography, Academy of Art University
MA Multimedia Communications, Academy of Art University
BS Bible, Pillsbury Baptist Bible College

Angela Morris

College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor
MS Communication, University Wisconsin-Whitewater
BS Speech Education, Maranatha Baptist University
CELTA Certification, Cambridge

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