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It’s fair to say that there’s never been a time in which clear and deliberate communication has been more important. Constant technological advances and the phenomenal rise of social media have made the lightning-speed sharing of information — and opinions —an everyday global occurrence.

Geneva’s Department of Communication is passionate about providing students with the skills, insights, perspectives and knowledge to become effective, competent and wise communicators. Equally important, we encourage students to integrate their Christian faith with communication. We believe we are merely the stewards of God’s gift of communication. As such, we’re called to use communication creatively and compassionately to bridge differences of culture, embody servant leadership and transform society for the kingdom of Christ.

Would you like to develop the strong verbal, critical-thinking and teamwork skills that employers seek in new hires? Are you interested in deepening your awareness of how effective communications can help you better represent Christ in your profession and community? If so, we invite you to explore our two majors of study in the department: Communication Studies and Communication Disorders.

B.A. Communication

This broad-scoped degree program offers students the opportunity of learning the invention and articulation of messaging in various mediums, including writing, film, design and speech. Students can choose to specialize through one of the five following concentration areas.

1) Communication Studies: This concentration is ideal for the communication major interested in a broader understanding of their craft as well as for those who hope to pursue graduate studies. Students explore a generalized knowledge base within the discipline with courses that might include:

  • COM 355 Persuasion
  • MIN 245 Christian Community Development
  • PHI 305 Contemporary Philosophy
  • PSY 408 Social Psychology
  • SSC 210 Crime, Law and Society

2) Public Relations: Students in this concentration receive a Christ-centered understanding of public relations practices in order to ethically employ various communication theories, techniques and strategies. Courses emphasize a rhetorical perspective in writing, public speaking and the use of technology in mass media. Students learn to effectively build mutually beneficial relationships with diverse publics and are prepared for successful public relations careers in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Courses include:

  • COM 180 Intro to PR
  • ENG 241 Contemporary Newswriting
  • Com 350 Digital Communication Design
  • COM 380 Advanced Public Relations

3) Integrated Media: In this concentration, students learn how to captivate and engage an audience through visual storytelling in a variety of media. Students learn media production skills that prepare them for careers in broadcasting, multimedia and advertising. Courses include:

  • COM 150 Media Literacy
  • COM 235 Studio Production
  • COM 255 Field Production
  • COM 410 Media Law, Regulation, and Ethics
  • COM 350 Digital Communication Design

4) Visual Communication: This program provides students with coursework that emphasizes art skills and is highlighted by two opportunities. First, the year-end art show enables students to professionally display their personal portfolios. Second, a year-long program at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh is available to students during the junior year. This allows students to take advantage of focused concentrations, including photography, graphic design, fashion and interior design, as they prepare for their professional careers. Courses include:

  • ENG 212 Cinema
  • VIS 201 Art Fundamentals
  • VIS 202 Painting Techniques
  • VIS 300 Drawing Techniques
  • COM 350 Digital Communication Design

5) Writing: Students in the writing concentration enjoy a complement of writing classes that are comprehensive and practical for their careers. Feature writing, creative writing and finding and using relevant research are covered. Students learn how to identify their audience, pitch stories, edit articles and write for newspapers. Our hands-on, technical writing courses are also a focus of this concentration. Courses include:

  • COM 245 Writing for Integrated Media
  • ENG 241 Contemporary Newswriting
  • ENG 242 Editing
  • ENG 311 Writing for Business and Industry
  • ENG 344 Publishing

B.A. Communication Disorders (Speech Pathology)

For those who wish to bring hope and healing into the lives of people who suffer from various speech, language and swallowing disorders, this major is the first step on the road to a fulfilling career. Earning a bachelor’s degree in Geneva's communication disorders program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed for a satisfying career in the field and is excellent preparation for graduate school.

Geneva’s uniquely Christian approach to communication disorders is based on the idea of reflecting the compassion of Jesus when working with others. The small class sizes foster a positive, productive atmosphere and ample one-to-one time with faculty. In the past 10 years, 85 percent of our graduates have been accepted into graduate schools across the country. Some of the classes you might take in this program include:

  • Sign Language
  • Aural Rehabilitation
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders in Children
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders

If this field calls to your heart, find inspiration in Geneva College audiology instructor Susan Black’s recent experience in the Dominican Republic. Black put her skills to good use by evaluating over 100 people, from young children to older individuals. “It was very humbling as these individuals with their problems came to see me,” she shares.

If you’d like to learn more about professions that enable you to serve wholeheartedly and faithfully in your life’s work or want to learn more about a biblically based, Christ-centered education at Geneva, we’d love to chat with you. For more information on how Geneva College can help you pursue your education goals, please phone us at 855-979-5563 or email

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Oct 12, 2018