Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program: B.A./B.S. in Communication: Graphic Design/M.A. in Communication

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The Accelerated B.A./B.S. in Communication: Graphic Design 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 fields of graphic design and strategic communication. 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.

Undergraduate Requirements

 
B.A.
B.S.
Developing a Christian Mind
3
3
  DCM 2301
English
12
9
  ENGL 1301, 1302, 2301, and/or 2302
Fine Arts
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 first-year 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

[Advising Tool (eMAT) 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 credit hours of laboratory science (B.S.) selected from two or more areas of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics.    
Religion
6-9
6-9
  RELI 1301, 1302, and three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment.    
Social Science
6
6
 

POLS 2301 and any 3 lower level hours selected from ECON, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI

   
Total General Studies Hours 48-64 51-58
B.A./B.S. Communication: Graphic Design Major
48
54

Complete the following courses:

 

 

ART 1301

Design I

ART 1303

Drawing I

COMA 1302

Speech and Interpersonal Communication

COMA 2050

Sophomore Portfolio Review

COMA 2314

Photography I

COMA 3301

Nonverbal Communication

COMA 3304

Writing Across Media

COMA 3318

Web Design

COMA 3319

Visual Communication

COMA 3321

Graphic Design I

COMA 3322

Graphic Design II

COMA 3325

Lettering and Typography

COMA 4300

Portfolio Research

COMA 4310

Internship in Communication

COMA 4318

History of Graphic Design I

COMA 4321

Advertising Design (S-L)

COMA 4338

History of Graphic Design II

Additional Required Electives (B.S. only):
Complete 6 lower-level elective hours with
approval of advisor.

Electives 2-18 2-9
  • In order to satisfy the "Undergraduate only" portion of an accelerated degree plan, sufficient lower-level and upper-level elective hours must be taken to complete the minimum number of Undergraduate credit hours required for each specific accelerated degree.
  • For this accelerated degree, a minimum of 114 Undergraduate credit hours are required.
  • As part of this accelerated degree plan, 6 shared Graduate hours will be counted toward a minimum of 42 upper-level Undergraduate credit hours required for all bachelor's degrees. This equates to a total of 36 Undergraduate upper-level credit hours required.
 
Total Undergraduate Hours
114
Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses
6
COMA 6300 Introduction to Communication Graduate Studies
COMA 6301 Advanced Communication Theory
TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE WITH SHARED HOURS REQUIRED
120
Remaining Graduate Requirements

M.A. in Communication Requirements

 

Required Core Courses

12

COMA 6303

Digital Media Communication

COMA 6305

Presentation Communication (S-L)

COMA 6307

Communication Leadership for Groups

COMA 6309

Social Media and Communication

M.A. in Communication Concentrations

18
Choose one of six concentrations:

Communication Leadership Concentration

MAL 6301 Christian Worldview of Leadership
MAL 6303 Leadership in Conflict and Adversity
MAL 6304 Leadership Communication
MANA 6312 Communication and Business Behavior
Any additional graduate-level COMA course selected in consultation with an advisor.
Any additional graduate-level program course selected in consultation with an advisor.
 

Communication Studies Concentration

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 6315

Communication Studies Graduate Internship

or

COMA 6316

Communication Studies Graduate Research Project

 

Communication for Ministry Concentration

DISC 5302

Biblical Servant Leadership

MAGL 5321

Sharing Gospel Faith

MACM 5301

Foundations of Christian Ministry

MACM 6309

Shepherding in the 21st Century

Elective: Any additional graduate-level COMA course selected in consultation with an advisor.

Elective: Any additional graduate-level program course selected in consultation with an advisor.

 

Marketing Communication Concentration

COMA 6322

Communication Campaigns
MRKT 6312 Consumer & Buyer Behavior
MRKT 6321 International Marketing
MRKT 6331 Marketing Analysis
MRKT 6341 Advanced Marketing Strategies
Elective: Any additional graduate-level program course selected in consultation with an advisor.

Organizational Communication Management Concentration

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 6325

Organizational Communication Management Internship

or

COMA 6326

Organizational Communication Management Graduate Research
Project

 

Worship Studies Concentration

DISC 5302

Biblical Servant Leadership

WORS 5307

History of Worship Song

WORS 6303

Spiritual Formation and Worship

WORS 6316

Worship Theology for Contemporary Ministry

Any additional graduate-level COMA course selected in consultation with an advisor.

Any additional graduate-level program course selected in consultation with an advisor.

 
TOTAL ADDITIONAL GRADUATE HOURS REQUIRED
30
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR ACCELERATED DEGREE
150

 

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

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