Welcome to the Communication major! Our goal is to give you a wide range of classes that cover the broad spectrum of communication. We will teach you how to speak effectively in front of an audience and in a small group. You will learn how to reach a mass audience using public relations and marketing skills. Our theatre and film classes give you insight into the world of the performing arts. Most importantly, our students get hands-on practice through internships, PR/marketing campaigns, participation in plays and musicals and many other applied learning experiences.
The communication major aims to promote an awareness of the complexities of the human communication process, to assist in the refinement of communication skills, and to encourage the free and responsible use of communication abilities and mediums. The study of communication is especially recommended for students who are considering future occupations or training in areas such as public relations, theatre, management, missions, journalism, counseling, the youth pastorate, marketing, consulting, law, media communications, personnel management, teaching, or the ministry.
Examples of courses in this major:
A survey of mass media in society, including newspapers, magazines, radio, recording industry, television, film, Internet, advertising, photojournalism, and communication theory. This course covers the history, economic controls, governmental controls, problems, effects of research, and societal importance of the information and entertainment media.
An examination of the process of communication and interpersonal relationships focusing on the role of the self, people perception, the environment, and the interaction of interpersonal orientations. Personal skills in resolving conflict and stimulating friendships are examined through exposure to theory, practical exercises, and the analysis of experiences in current relationships.
This course explores moral reasoning and practice in the communication field as well as the major theoretical approaches to communication. Case studies will be used to examine truth-telling, business pressures, deception, fairness, privacy, social justice, and the relationship between ethics, theories and practice. Applications in advertising, the entertainment industry, politics, and the church.
An overview of the field of theatre including history, current practices, the analysis of scripts, design and directing. A section on musical theatre is also included. Students work with a small group to write and perform their own sketches at the end of the semester.
This course examines the state of contemporary culture as mirrored in film and raises questions about the connection that exists between film and faith. Issues of particular concern are film views of race, gender, and violence. COM346 Organizational Communication and Behavior
A survey of various applications of communication theory to business and organizational life. Special emphasis is given to small groups, interviewing skills, and persuasive proposals.
An introduction to the theory and practice of public relations, emphasizing its publics, management function, writing skills, communication processes, tools, and professional ethics.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.S. in Communication and Business, Grace College; M.A. in Communication, Ball State University
Prof. Yocum joined the Grace College faculty in 1999. He is the Program Director for the Communication Department and directs the theatre program at Grace. Prof. Yocum is also a professional actor, performing in four to five productions a year. In addition to his acting, he is a singer, lighting and set designer, director, production manager and writer. He is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) trainer and has led numerous workshops over the past 20 years.
B.A. in English, Westmont College; M.A. in English Literature, University of California (Santa Barbara); M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary
Prof. Benyousky joined the Grace College faculty in 1985. He specializes in English Renaissance and C. S. Lewis, has written on George MacDonald, and has completed advanced studies in communication at Notre Dame. Prof. Benyousky also worked extensively with the Grace College Prison Extension program from 1989 through 2005. His specialty in communication is in cinema and the relationship between film, faith, and culture.
B.A. in Communication Studies, University of Northwestern, St. Paul; M.A. in Speech Communication, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Ph.D. in Communication, University of Memphis.
Dr. Loebs joined the Grace faculty in 2013. He teaches a wide variety of communication courses for the college. His primary research is in political and early-American rhetoric. He is currently engaged in various writing projects and has recently published works on the rhetoric of U.S. presidents. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, playing instruments, biking, and spending time outdoors. Pat and his wife, Heidi, are originally from Minnesota and have one child.
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What others are saying:
The professors at Grace have poured into my life beyond any expectations I had of the typical college professor. And I've learned just as much outside of the classroom - through personal discussions about life, real-world principles, and how to live authentically. My future as a communicator has been positively impacted by the biblical foundation permeating this campus.
—Rachael Ramos, B.A., Communication (Public Relations specialization), graduating 2012
The opportunities that professors gave me to expand what I was learning into real-life, valuable experiences were what made my Grace education so awesome. From presenting papers at two academic conferences, to an internship doing videography for United Way of Kosciusko County, to having my first job 2 weeks before graduation. Not to mention all of the hands-on, real-life experience I was given right in the classroom with creating and presenting projects to real clients!
—Cristina Hoyt, B.S., Communication, 2010