bachelor of Arts in Communication (Hybrid)

Overview of Communication

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication will produce skilled communication professionals rooted in Christian values who are prepared to influence the media and culture from a relevant and biblical worldview.


  • Articulate and evaluate the significance of culture on message design, delivery and impact.
  • Identify and differentiate the major communication theories and describe the relevance of appropriate theories to their chosen communication field.
  • Participate in a communication career field to further develop skills, knowledge, and experience.
  • Appropriately apply ethical principles and professional codes of ethics to the practice of communication.
  • Integrate a biblical worldview into the practice and evaluation of communication.
Who Should Apply

If you love to live in the world of words and visual arts – written, spoken, visualized, if you love storytelling, this degree will help you develop as a communicator.

Career Paths

Social media specialist, journalist, reporter, web content manager, marketing professional, publications writer, publications manager, commentator.

Required Credits

120 credits required including: Communication (36), Biblical Studies (30), Christian Ministry (12), General Education (30), Free/Emphasis Electives (12).


Each academic program of the college provides the context for whole life transformation through biblical life preparation. Students come to learn, learn to serve, and serve to change lives. Through the courses offered in each program, students will develop a Christ-centered worldview and be prepared to make a difference in the world through their lives, work and service to others.

The courses of study in each degree proceed from foundational to exploratory to immersion courses. Areas of study for each degree will include general education, biblical studies, Christian ministry and service, and core courses in the major.

Students will be challenged to grow in their knowledge of self, others, the world and the Bible. They will be challenged to grow in their critical thinking, development of a biblical worldview and the integration of their faith and learning.

Foundational courses – 37 credits

General Education – 9 Credits
  • College Writing I (3 credits)
  • College Writing II (3 credits)
  • Intercultural Communications (3 credits)
biblical studies – 12 Credits
  • Old Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • Interpretation of Biblical Literature (3 credits)
  • Christian Faith (3 credits)
Christian ministry – 10 Credits
  • Spiritual Formation I (3 credit)
  • Spiritual Formation II (3 credits)
  • Faith and Life (2 credits)
  • Student Outreach (2 credits)
Communication – 6 Credits
  • Introduction to Communication (3 credit)
  • Principles and Practices (3 credits)

exploration courses – 62 credits

General Education – 21 Credits
  • Worldviews (3 credits)
  • History Elective (3 credits)
  • Math/Science Elective (3 credits)
  • General Education Electives (12 credits)
Biblical Studies – 15 Credits
  • Bible Electives (6 credits)
  • Interpretation and Integration (3 credits)
  • Bible Electives (6 credits, upper level)
Christian ministry – 2 Credits
  • Intercultural Student Outreach (2 credits)
Communication – 24 Credits
  • Communication Ethics (3 credits)
  • Writing for Social Media (3 credits)
  • Media: Conveyor of Cultural Ideas (3 credits)
  • Writing for News Media (3 credits, UL)
  • Survey of Marketing (3 credits, UL)
  • Survey of Web Design (3 credits, UL)
  • Writing on Social Issues (3 credits, UL)
  • Writing for Publication (3 credits, UL)

immersion courses – 9 credits

Biblical Studies – 3 Credits
  • Senior Seminar (3 credits, UL)
Communication – 6 Credits
  • Communication Internship (3 credits, UL)
  • Communication Senior Project (3 credits, UL)

free and/or Emphasis electives – 12 Credits (3 Upper Level)

Dr. Sherry Shindelar


Program Director: Online Education
Instructor: Humanities, English

Bachelors of Fine Arts: Creative and Professional Writing 
Bemidji State University
M.A. in English 
Bemidji State University
PhD in Literature and Criticism 
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Sue Glidden