Communication

Academic Program

Communication is an act that is distinctly human.  We are the only ones in all of creation that can “talk about our talk.”  This makes communication a gift, a special human ability granted to us by our Creator, given for the purpose of serving Him.  As such, we ought to take very special care of this gift.  Arizona Christian University’s new major in Communication is being designed with this key principle in mind—we must be stewards of this great gift.1

One way to be stewards of our communication is to understand how it works.  Communication is a vibrant process where messages take different forms (spoken, non-verbal, radio, TV, film) across various contexts (interpersonal, group, or public).  Each exchange comes with its own unique dynamics.  Once we understand the complexities of the communication, we can begin to craft artful and faithful messages that resonate with audiences and ultimately transform culture.

Required Emphasis in:

  • Broadcasting
  • Film
  • Journalism

Communication Program Objectives

Graduates of Arizona Christian’s Communication program will be able to:

  1. Articulate multiple perspectives on how the Christian faith informs their practice of communication and how communication informs their understanding and practice of the Christian faith.
  2. Excel at public communication, delivering professional presentations, while incorporating appropriate use of technology.
  3. Demonstrate expertise and versatility with communication technology, being able to communicate competently using multi-media tools, including non-linear audio and video software.
  4. Identify ethical approaches and apply reasoning skills to help foster mature decision making.
  5. Identify and apply basic techniques of persuasion.
  6. Identify social norms and moral standards evident in media messages.
  7. Produce a thorough bibliography of quality resources related to a communication/media topic of their interest.
  8. Identify and explain the importance of the historical roots of their chosen discipline.
  9. Demonstrate exceptional writing ability in their chosen field.
  10.  Articulate Christian values and craft redemptive messages in a manner appropriate to their chosen field.

What can I do with a Degree in Communication?

Communication is an academic area of study that applies in almost every job.  With a degree in Communication from Arizona Christian, you can pursue a career as a:

  • Journalist
  • TV Reporter
  • Radio Talk Show Host
  • Film Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Media Designer
  • Public Relations Official/Spokesperson
  • Film Critic
  • Writer/Author
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor

You can work for:

  • Radio Stations
  • TV stations
  • Newspapers
  • Churches
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Film Production Companies
  • Magazines

Department Chair

Website BioPaul A. Creasman

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Dr. Paul A. Creasman is a Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Communication and English. Dr. Creasman earned his Ph.D. in Communication (with an emphasis in Media Effects and Rhetorical Studies) from Regent University in 2003. He has also served as an Associate Professor at Azusa Pacific University in California, Southern Wesleyan University in South Carolina, and as an adjunct professor for Spring Arbor University in Michigan. His research interests include the social effects of media, the music of Larry Norman, and evangelical engagement with popular culture. Prior to academia, he worked in the Christian radio industry as a disc jockey, music director, programmer, and operations manager.

  1. For more on communication and stewardship, see Quentin Schultze, Communicating for Life(Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000).

Degree Planners

For students who entered the program during the 2016-2017 academic year:

B.S. Communication / Broadcasting Emphasis
B.S. Communication / Film Emphasis
B.S. Communication / Journalism Emphasis

For students who entered the program during the 2015-2016 academic year:

B.S. Communication / Broadcasting Emphasis
B.S. Communication / Film Emphasis
B.S. Communication / Journalism Emphasis

Communication and English Department Minors

For students who entered the program during the 2014-2015 academic year:

B.S. Communication / Broadcasting Emphasis
B.S. Communication / Film Emphasis
B.S. Communication / Journalism Emphasis

For students who entered the program during the 2012-2013 academic year:

Communication / Broadcasting Emphasis
Communication / Film Emphasis
Communication / Journalism Emphasis

For students who entered the program during the 2011-2012 academic year:

Communication / Broadcasting Emphasis
Communication / Film Emphasis
Communication / Journalism Emphasis

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