The Communications and Media Arts Program stresses a hands-on learning experience while holding students to high academic standards. Communications majors at Bethany College often devote more than 400 clock hours either working on staff or leading our campus media and clubs.

Program Goals

The Communications program at Bethany College is designed to achieve the following goals for its students:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of mass media and human communication principles, processes, and practices.
  • Be able to develop, conduct, report, and evaluate communication research.
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in invention, construction, and delivery of oral and written communication.
  • Apply communication theory and critical thinking in a variety of communication settings.
  • Interpret the role of media and other communication technologies in a culturally diverse world.
  • Analyze legal and ethical responsibilities of communicators in a culturally diverse world.
  • Value the roles and functions of effective and creative communication in one's personal, social, and work life.

Requirements for Major

Communications and Media Arts majors are expected to complete 48 credits of departmental course study. All students majoring in the department are required to complete the following courses: COMM 101, 201, 306, 311; three courses from 390-395; 403, 420, and 490.
In addition, all majors must complete 6 credits in courses offered by the English program in addition to ENGL 111, and one of the following courses offered by the Economics or Business programs: ECON 163 or ACCT 202. All majors must also complete one of the following Specialization Tracks: Integrated Media and Marketing, Digital Media and Production, Graphics, Sports Communication.

The Communications and Media Arts Program also offers a minor in Communications.