At Bushnell University, we recognize communication is a tool and a gift given to us by God so that we can tell others His good news, listen to their joys and hurts, and argue in favor of right and against wrong.

Communication students at Bushnell University choose between tracks in public speaking, interpersonal, or generalist. You’ll learn to be an effective speaker, speechwriter, arguer and critical consumer of classical and contemporary rhetoric.

Our students learn to correspond effectively with others one-on-one and in-group settings. Advanced coursework tackles such topics as nonverbal skills and conflict management. Students in all tracks learn cross-cultural intercommunication, listening skills, and the wave of technological change in the field. Special classes include communication in relation to gender, health care settings, and stand-up comedy.

What is Speech Communication?


Five Reasons to Major in Communication

Strong Communication Skills Bring Job Offers

For decades, the National Association of Colleges and Employers has done an annual survey asking hiring managers what skills and qualities they want their new hires to have. Oral, verbal communication skill is always in the top five, and very often number one.

Strong communication skills are solid preparation for the most rigorous professional careers.

Holders of Bushnell University communication degrees have earned M.D.s, J.D.s, MBAs, and gone on to success in medicine, law, and other professional fields.

Strong communication skills are becoming scarce, and therefore valuable.

A generation is coming of age that uses digital devices more than face-to-face communication. Digital devices will never fully replace face-to-face, any more than automobiles wiped out walking. But just as people who go everywhere in their cars depend on doctors, dietitians and personal trainers to keep them physically healthy, a generation brought up on digital devices will come to depend on effective face-to-face communicators to keep them mentally and emotionally healthy. That dynamic is set to grow explosively, and with it will come rich opportunities for ministry, as well as career success.

Strong communication skills expand options rather than limiting them.

Each year, the evidence grows more compelling that the final reasoning and decision-making functions in the human brain are not fully online by age eighteen, or even twenty-two. College graduates continue to make discoveries about what career path best fits their gifts, values, and purpose many months or even years after they matriculate. A communication degree is a toolbox, and students who hone and practice using those tools will succeed in a wide variety of careers.

Strong communication skills are all-purpose, and God reveals His purpose on His timeline, not ours.

James 4:13-17 says “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’ — yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.” When God calls His people to step out boldly in faith, a student of communication is equipped to work in many different contexts, not just a single workplace.

Career Opportunities

Potential careers related to communication and relationships include:

  • Consulting
  • Counseling
  • Fundraising
  • Human Resource Management
  • Mediation/Conflict Resolution
  • Neighborhood and Community Liaison
  • Research and Grant Writing
  • Social Work
  • Student Development in College or University settings
  • Training and Development

Potential careers related to rhetoric and public advocacy include:

  • Alumni Officer
  • Audio Visual Specialist
  • Campaign Director
  • College Admissions Representative
  • Corporate Lawyer
  • Development Officer
  • Elected Official
  • Film Critic
  • Legal Mediator or Negotiator
  • Legal Reporter
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Music Critic
  • Negotiator
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Defender
  • Religious Leader
  • School Counselor
  • Speech Writer
  • Teacher (Elementary or Secondary)

Campus Activities

Communication students are strongly encouraged to enter the Bash-Whisler Bible Reading Contest, whose winners receive cash awards and are privileged to read aloud the Bible passage at Baccalaureate. You also have the opportunity to compete in speech and debate.


If you’re a podcast listener, check out “By All Means Communicate,” Bushnell University’s very own podcast, sponsored by the Communication Department.

By All Means Communicate

Bushnell University Graduates

Recent graduates who majored in Speech Communication have launched their careers in a variety of fields from business owners, bankers, managers, and radio station personnel to students continuing on to graduate programs in counseling, TESOL, and even law school. We are proud to say that our graduates are pursuing God’s call on their lives. It is our joy at Bushnell University to help you select courses and pathways in your educational plan as you seek to discover and answer God’s call on your life.

“There are few things that you will find are more useful in this life than good communication. Great ideas have been ignored, lives have been lost, and fortunes have been squandered because people lacked the ability to communicate. Communication is an enhancement to any career path you might set your mind on.”

– Mark Hamilton ’13

“The value of an education from professors who know your name and care if you succeed is invaluable, but beyond that a degree in Communication provides a great foundation for your career and for your life. I enjoyed the variety of classes offered under the communication major and feel that the program helped shape me into a well-rounded individual.”

– Miles Adkisson ’16

Courses in the Major

Prerequisites for Communication

  • One year college-level proficiency in a modern spoken foreign language or a non-spoken language.

Requirements for Communication

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Communication Theory
  • Argumentation and Debate
  • Listening Behavior
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Persuasion
  • Internship
  • Pre-Capstone
  • Senior Capstone

Choose a required concentration

Interpersonal Concentration

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Communication & Conflict
  • Advanced Interpersonal Communication
  • Choose six credits from the Public Speaking concentration or any of the following:
    • Principles of Management and Leadership
    • Group and Organizational Behavior
    • Media Literacy
    • Grief and Loss
    • Foundations of Public Relations
    • Acting
    • Advanced Intercultural Communication
    • Applied Statistics
    • Human Development
    • Social Psychology
    • Research Methods
    • Theories of Personality

Public Speaking Concentration

  • Public Speaking
  • Advanced Public Speaking
  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Choose six credits from the Interpersonal concentration or from any of the following:
    • Orality: 50 Biblical Stories Essential for Ministry
    • Preaching
    • Media Literacy
    • Special Topics
    • Acting
    • Foundations of Public Relations
    • Speechwriting
    • Special topics Upper Division
    • Technology for Teaching and Learning
    • Psychology of Learning
    • Cognition

Generalist Concentration

In consultation with program faculty, students select 15 credits of courses (minimum of 6 upper division credits) from the Public Speaking or Interpersonal concentration areas and other approved communication fields.

Courses in the Minor

Requirements for the Minor

  • Public Speaking
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Communication Theory
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Advanced Public Speaking
    • Advanced Interpersonal Communication
  • Choose six additional upper division credits from either concentration options
Program Director
Doyle Srader, Ph.D.
Professor, Speech & Communication

Ph.D., University of Georgia M.A., Baylor University B.A., Baylor University Dr. Doyle Srader arrived at …