Communication (B.A.)

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Communication Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The students enrolled in the communications bachelor’s degree program at our Minnesota campus will leave prepared for a career in one of three key areas in the field of communications: advertising/graphic design, digital arts, and relational communications.

Students who complete the communications degree at Crown College will have access to multiple career paths within both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. The degree is highly customizable and students will work with an academic advisor to select a concentration and communication electives that will help them to achieve their vocational goals.

With the inclusion of courses in Biblical studies, graduates will be better positioned to influence the field of communications in a positive way and discover the many applications of Biblical principles to the field. Graduates will also be prepared to continue their studies at a master’s level.

Excellence in creativity.

The Communication Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree which allows students to choose from one of three concentrations:

Advertising/Graphic Design

The advertising and graphic design concentration at Crown reinforces the fundamentals of artistic production in the professional world and then combines them with a series of hands-on experiences that culminate in a capstone project and internship. Graduates of the advertising and graphic design concentration have found success in graduate studies as well as professional roles in advertising companies, church media, and many other areas.

Digital Arts

The Digital Arts concentration provides a foundation for a practical understanding of the convergent nature of today’s media environment. As one watches web design, graphic design, video, and content merge together on the web, it is essential that communication experts both understand the direction the media environment is going and how to actively shape it. By providing the student a rounded education across several media formats, the Digital Arts concentration offers a foundation for success in the changing media landscape. The heart of the program is a series of video production courses that culminates in a short film project. Students have found success in the professional worlds of marketing, film production, and video content at religious organizations.

Relational Communication

In a communication environment increasingly defined by change, one thing remains constant: people need to be connected with people. The Relational Communication concentration provides students with in an in-depth understanding of the nature of human communication as well as the tools they need to form lasting and profitable relationships in personal and professional settings. Graduates of the program have gone on to success in graduate schools, professional leadership, ministry leadership, counseling, and professional communication.

The Communication core lays a strong foundation, while the concentrations focus more in specific areas of interest. Four minors compliment any of the concentrations as well as majors from other departments.

With a communications bachelor’s degree, Minnesota students will be prepared to enter their chosen field or to continue their studies on a graduate level. This program is designed to accommodate students in Crown’s Honors Program. All Crown students have access to several study-abroad programs where a full semester of course work may be transferred into their major.

Communication Major, Advertising/Graphic Design Concentration (B.A.) Courses

Program Requirements

I. Christian Studies - 24 Credits

II. General Education - 40 Credits

III. Communication Core - 22 Credits

IV. Communication Concentrations (select one) - 15 Credits:

V. Electives - 24 Credits*

  • Electives 9 Credits
  • 300-400 Electives 15 Credits

At least 30% of this degree, or a minimum of 38 credits, must be at the upper (300-400) level. If you choose to take lower-level Christian Studies core classes (CHM 201  or CHM 210 ), then you must take enough upper-level general electives to meet this requirement.

* Some courses from the Christian Studies Core and Major Core can be used to fulfill requirements in the General Education Core. By doing that the number of electives needed would increase so that the minimum of 125 credits is reached.

Advertising/Graphic Design Concentration Requirements - 15 Credits

Total - 125 Credits

1 Select humanities electives from COM, ENG, ESL, FAR, HIS, HUM, LAN, MUS, PHI, or PRC.

2 Select social science electives from ANT, CSJ, ECO, ESL, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, or SOC.

3 Fine arts courses include music, art, drama, and dance. COM 328  also qualifies as a fine arts elective. (Only three credits of music organizations and/or lessons can be counted toward humanities/fine arts requirements.)

Recommended Electives:

Four-Year Suggested Program for the Communication Major with the Advertising/Graphic Design Concentration

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester - 16 Credits

Spring Semester - 17 Credits

Departmental Acceptance

Students apply for departmental acceptance during their sophomore year spring semester or their junior year fall semester. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and completion of half of the Christian Service requirements are required for departmental admission in the Communication major.

Junior Year

Fall Semester - 15 Credits

Spring Semester - 15 Credits

Senior Year

Fall Semester - 15 Credits

  • COM 450 - Communication Internship 3 Credits
  • Social Science Elective 3 Credits 2
  • HUM - Humanities Elective 3 Credits
  • 300-400 Elective 3 Credits
  • 300-400 Elective 3 Credits

Spring Semester - 15 Credits

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