As image-bearers of God, we are relational beings, which means that we were made to communicate and live in a community. BJU’s communication program equips you for a wide variety of careers, and prepares you to excel in whatever community God leads you to.
Here at BJU you’ll learn the value of biblically grounded communication, and why integrity, truthfulness and others-focused communication are essential for effective interaction. And with courses like Interpersonal Communication, Conflict Management and Leadership Communication, you’ll learn how to build rapport with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
From your very first course in communication (Principles of Communication), you’ll explore the fascinating world of senders and receivers, power distances, nonverbal codes and much more. Our qualified faculty present each course from a Christian worldview, applying biblical principles to all aspects of communication and encouraging you to do the same.
Because communication is a broad subject, it offers you tremendous flexibility. If you have an interest in organizational communication, interpersonal communication or rhetoric and public address, you can take communication courses that further explore these areas. Communication at BJU is also a great major for students interested in politics, political science, law or leadership.
As an effective communicator, it’s important to be able to connect with your audience. That’s why the BJU Core is so crucial for you as a communicator. Classes in history, art, English and other subject areas will help you appreciate other points of view and adapt to a variety of situations, thereby extending your witness for Christ as well.
Your Bible classes will help you more fully understand and appreciate the overarching themes of Scripture, as well as the themes of individual books. You’ll learn how to apply biblical truth to your own life, and how to effectively communicate that truth to others.
We have a wide variety of elective courses to help you fit your program to your career goals. If you’re interested in specializing in interpersonal communication, you can take electives like Conflict Management and Intercultural Communication. If you’d like to develop your public speaking skills, you can take classes like Argumentation & Debate and Persuasion. If you’re leaning toward organizational communication, you can opt for electives like Organizational Communication and Community Training & Development.
We also encourage you to take a few classes in business, human resources or journalism and mass communication. These subject areas will give you opportunities to sample various career options so you can find the best fit for you—and then prepare you to excel wherever God leads you.
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Jim Galon, ’04
IBM Account Executive
Choosing to major in communication has strongly influenced my ability to not only find work but to excel and get promoted.
Majoring in communication has helped me tremendously in my field. The ability to speak clearly and in an organized manner assists me in my presentations and my interpersonal communication with my management—and at IBM I have a lot of managers!
I originally chose to major in communication because it seemed like a craft that I needed to hone. My thought process was I could learn the business of my employer, but learning how to communicate effectively and efficiently would take more concentrated effort. What better way to sharpen a skill than to focus on studying it for four years?
Staying in the major was an easy decision because of the tremendous staff that work in the communication department. I wouldn’t have changed anything about my decision to spend time studying communication while at BJU.
Valerie Myers, ’14
Communication at its core is about people. Classes in organizational and leadership communication have taught me how organizations work, and how to lead and manage people within them.
Classes in public speaking and training have taught me how to put together cohesive speeches and training materials. A class in conflict management has taught me how people think about themselves and how to use that knowledge to collaborate to solve problems.
Combined with my classes in public relations, this program has equipped me to work in a variety of different settings, from my internship currently with a real estate group, to potentially corporate communications or ESL training.
Charla Sindelar, ’07
Solopreneur for Sindelar Social Marketing and Brand Marketing Specialist for Jackson Marketing Group
Without an internship and without courses [at BJU] such as business writing, organizational communication, public relations and persuasion, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Looking at my current positions—in a marketing firm and as a marketing entrepreneur—some may wonder why I wasn’t a marketing major. The short answer is I didn’t want to be limited to a business degree.
A communication degree is amazingly flexible. Somehow it united my odd blend of music, computer, business, and counseling electives. It is flexible, yet practical. We took field trips to major corporations and met local businesspeople. Finally, every communication student gets real-world experience in an internship.
To my surprise, I landed an internship [that] I pursued on my own. At the close of my internship, they offered me a full-time position. What an exciting conclusion to my degree! Each step of the way God has directed my path, just as He will do for each of His children for His glory.
The communication program at BJU opens the door to many career possibilities including:
- Corporate communication
- Corporate training
- Public relations
- Account Executive
- Human Resources
- Office Management
Our graduates have been accepted into graduate schools such as:
- Purdue University
- University of Kansas
- University of South Carolina
- Clemson University
- University of Tennessee
- University of Nebraska
- Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
- University of Illinois
- Gonzaga University
- Vanderbilt University
- Duke University School of Law
Communication graduates excel in a wide range of settings:
- Media Analyst for Michelin North America
- Communications Director for South Carolinians for Responsive Government
- IT Support Consultant for University of Notre Dame
- Marketing and Events Manager for City Year Denver
- Risk Management Coordinator for Ob Hospitalist Group
- Account Executive for Edelman Public Relations
- Facilities Area Manager for General Motors
- Bloomberg in Tokyo, Japan
When it comes to extracurricular experience, you’ll have plenty to choose from. You’ll be able to practice your skills in communication both on campus and off campus, whether through acting in student-run plays, participating in the debate team, giving a devotional to your society and much more. You also can take advantage of internships in town to begin networking and get a head start in your field.
Each semester the pre-law forum invites several experienced legal professionals to BJU to speak about their challenges and opportunities in the workplace. These personable public speakers highlight ways God enables them to live out their faith in the workplace and they encourage students who are interested in law to pursue a career in it. All students and guests from the community are welcome to attend.
Each fall, BJU’s Student Legislature team travels to South Carolina’s state capital, Columbia, to join with students from 10 to 15 major colleges and universities in the state. Together they form a house and senate, presided over by officers elected from among their members. Students use their extemporaneous speaking abilities, persuasive powers and knowledge of current events to pass legislation that they have written.
Bob Jones University’s student newspaper, The Collegian, was founded in 1987 as a journalism lab, offering students hands-on experience in producing a weekly publication. Newspaper staff write and edit articles, design the layout and take photographs. Stories in The Collegian focus on campus personalities and student life, helping to unify the large and diverse student body. The paper is distributed free on campus and is also available online.
The staff for the Vintage, BJU’s yearbook, comprises on average 18 student members of all classifications. Under the oversight of a few BJU staff sponsors, the Vintage staff is responsible for the book’s production from start to finish each year. Vintage members develop the book’s theme, write copy about featured people and events, schedule and help organize photo shoots, design pages and work with outside companies involved in the printing of the book.
Division of Communication
At BJU you’ll study under our highly qualified faculty, many of whom have PhDs in the areas of communication and leadership from universities such as University of Kansas, University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and University of Nebraska.
Faculty also have many years’ of corporate experience and currently serve as business consultants, trainers and mediators.
Courses & Objectives
Sample Course Outline
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- Communication Training & Development
- Bible Elective (300/400-level) (2 credits)
- Communication Elective (400/500) (3 credits)
- Philosophy or Psychology Elective (3 credits)
Each student will:
- Demonstrate an understanding of a biblical perspective of human communication
- Demonstrate an understanding of multiple theoretical perspectives of communication
- Demonstrate competency in human relational interaction
- Achieve competency in oral presentation skills
- Understand the multiple research methodologies used in the study of human communication