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Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree: B.A./B.S. in Communication: Communication Theory/M.A. in Communication Degree Requirements

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The Accelerated B.A./B.S. in Communication: Communication Theory and M.A. in Communication degree plan provides a seamless interface between undergraduate and graduate degrees in communication for students preparing for a career in the communication field. Through Christ-centered higher education, graduates are prepared to contribute their knowledge and skills as communication specialists and servant leaders to educational, ministry, community, and professional organizations.

 
B.A.
B.S.
General Studies Courses:    
Computer Science
3
3
  COSC 1301
Developing A Christian Mind
3
3
  DCM 2301    
English
12
9
  ENGL 1301, 1302, 2301 and/or 2302
Fine Art
3
3
  FINE 1306
Foreign Language
6-14*
0
  *Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate prerequisites are met
Foundations for Excellence
0-1
0-1
  FOUN 1101 is required of all freshman and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours).
History
6
6
  HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, or 2302
Kinesiology
0-2
0-2
  KNES 1101 and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived
Mathematics
3-4
3-4
  (B.A.) MATH 1301 or 1303 or 1307 or 1405
(B.S.) MATH 1303 or 1307 or 1405
[eMAT Advising Tool required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is a prerequisite].
Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
3-4
15
 

One laboratory science (B.A.) or 15 semester hours of laboratory science (B.S.) selected from two or more areas of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Natural Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics

Religion
6-12
6-12
  RELI 1301, RELI 1302 and six additional semester hours depending on semester hours transferred at time of initial enrollment
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
6
6
  POLS 2301 American National Government required for all students.
• Any 3 lower level hours selected from ECON, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI

Total General Studies Hours
51-70
54-64
Communication Theory Major:
36
36
Complete the following 10 courses for 30 semester hours:
 
 
 
COMA 1302 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
COMA 2302 Voice and Articulation
COMA 2305 Interpersonal Communication
COMA 3301 Nonverbal Communication
COMA 3302 Public Forum Debate
COMA 3303 Small Group Communication
COMA 3308 Persuasive Communication
COMA 4319 Communication Styles: Key to Business Success
COMA 4322 Leadership in Communication
COMA 4323 Communication Theory
Specialization Electives:
Complete an additional 6 hours of courses in Communication, including at least 3 hours of upper-level courses with approval of advisor.
 
COMA 2261Opera Workshop
COMA 2304 Introduction to Broadcast/Digital Media
COMA 2314Photography I
COMA 2317Advertising and Visual Communication I
COMA 2318Basic Digital Design (S-L)
COMA 2371Theater Practicum
COMA 3304 Writing Across Media
COMA 3314Photography II
COMA 3316Media Graphics
COMA 3318Web Design
COMA 3319Visual Communications
COMA 3321Graphic Design I
COMA 3322Graphic Design II
COMA 4301Readers Theater
COMA 4302Introduction to Linguistics
COMA 4305Communication through Hymnology
COMA 4310Internship in Communication
COMA 4315Political Communication
COMA 4318 History of Graphic Design
COMA 4320Technology in Communication
COMA 4321Advertising Design (S-L)
COMA 4330Special Topics in Communication
COMA 4380The Arts and the Creative Process
ENGL 3305Advanced Written Communication (S-L)
ENGL 3307Creative Christian Writing
MRKT 3303Promotional Strategy
   
       
Electives sufficient to complete minimum for bachelor's degree, including 42 upper-level semester hours.
       
M.A. in Communication Coursework 36 36
Required Core Curriculum 18 18
 
COMA 6300 Introduction to Graduate Communication Studies
COMA 6301 Advanced Communication Theory
COMA 6303 Digital Media Communication
COMA 6305 Presentation Communication (S-L)
COMA 6307 Communication Leadership for Groups
COMA 6309 Social Media and Communication
   
Choose one of four concentrations:
Communication Studies Concentration 18 18
 
COMA 6310 Rhetoric, Argumentation, and Advocacy
COMA 6311 Relational Communication
COMA 6312 Advanced Persuasive Communication
COMA 6313 Advanced Nonverbal Communication
COMA 6314 Intercultural Communication
 
COMA 6315Communication Studies Graduate Internship
or 
COMA 6316Communication Studies Graduate Research Project
   
Communication for Ministry Concentration 18 18
 
COMA 6321 Strategic Communication for Organizations
COMA 6322 Communication Campaigns
MACE 6360 Communication Strategies for Ministry
MAWL 6314 Worship Technology
  • Any additional graduate level COMA course selected in consultation with an advisor.
  • Any additional graduate level program course selected in consultation with an advisor.
   
Organizational Communication Management Concentration 18 18
 
COMA 6320 Organizational Communication
COMA 6321 Strategic Communication for Organizations
COMA 6322 Communication Campaigns
COMA 6323 Communication Consulting
COMA 6324 Communication for Global Organizations
 
COMA 6325Organizational Communication Management Graduate Internship
or 
COMA 6326Organizational Communication Management Graduate Research Project
   
Worship Leadership Concentration
18
18
 
MACE 6360 Communication Strategies for Ministry
MAWL 5310 Worship Philosophy and Practice
MAWL 6313 21st Century Transformational Worship
MAWL 6314 Worship Technology
Electives:
Any MACOM course selected in consultation with advisor.
Any additional graduate level program course selected in consultation with advisor.

 

 

   
Total Accelerated B.A./B.S. Communication: Communication Theory/M.A. in Communication Credit Hours 153 153

Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University

DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0. 

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

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