Majors & Minors

Majors

B.A. in Communication Studies

You’ll begin by examining human thought and engagement through communication principles. Building on this foundation, you’ll go on to create and test ideas, develop abilities of your own, and become confident and effective in public presentations and interpersonal relationships. Students develop skills in a variety of areas including research, strategic planning, business, public relations, and more.

Choice of emphasis:

  • Relational Studies. Involves the study of interpersonal, family, and other forms of communication involving dyadic and group relationships.
  • Rhetoric and Public Influence Studies. Involves the study of public communication within a cultural context.

B.A. in Independent Filmmaking

The Independent Filmmaking major addresses communication through digital storytelling. Students will begin with a foundation in communication principles and media production, followed by advanced filmmaking techniques as well as study in aesthetics and film theory. This major works well with a semester at the LA Film Studies Center and will help students acquire skills in creating, developing, and producing compelling stories through film. 

B.A. in Media Production

The Media Production major focuses on preparing graduates to work and navigate within our ever-changing media culture. Students build skills in media writing, public speaking, web design/content creation, and broadcast production techniques—using a state-of-the-art television studio and web-streamed radio station. Involves communication theories and their application to the creation of media content including radio, broadcast, and television. 

B.A. in Organizational Communication

Examines the role of communication within business and organizational settings. Students also choose tracks in writing, employee communication, marketing communication, or design. A Strategic Communication track helps students specialize in Public Relations, Strategic Social Media, and Marketing; an Event Management track prepares students to organize and manage events in a way that integrates interpersonal relationships, public relations, and business management tools; an Employee Communication track equips students for work in people-intensive fields such as recruiting, consulting, and management

Minors

Communication Studies

The minor in Communication Studies explores basic communication principles that are helpful to students studying psychology, business, youth ministry, theology, political science, or art.

Digital Film and Video for Actors

The minor in Digital Film and Video for Actors provides a creative combination of theater and communication courses that will help prepare actors for a career on the screen.

Media Production

The minor in Media Communication pairs nicely with studies in film, journalism, or youth ministry.

Finding the Right Fit

Students who thrive in Communication Studies or Media Communication tend to be hardworking, creative, energetic, and enjoy challenges. They are heavily involved in creating content, doing research, or producing media projects.

At Bethel, though, you master more than articulate speaking or technical skills. Because we're a Christian liberal arts university, you'll develop critical thinking about the social impact of communication, and explore best practices in the responsible use of tools such as social media.