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A Bachelor of Arts in Communication can provide you with the tools you need to pursue a range of professional and academic paths.

Everyone communicates. But not everyone communicates well. As such, people with strong writing and speaking skills often have a strong advantage for career success. Bushnell’s Communication degree will teach you both the art and science of communication — growing in your practical skills to create and deliver messages as well as your knowledge of communication theory and research.

Communication students at Bushnell University choose between three concentrations:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Flex Path

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87% of internship supervisors rate Bushnell students career readiness as above average or exceptional

Five Reasons to Major in Communication

  1. Strong communication skills bring job offers.
  2. Strong communication skills are solid preparation for the most rigorous professional careers.
  3. Strong communication skills are becoming scarce, and therefore valuable.
  4. Strong communication skills expand options rather than limiting them.
  5. Strong communication skills are all-purpose, and God reveals His purpose on His timeline, not ours.

Career Opportunities

Job titles that recent Bushnell graduates with communication degrees currently hold:

  • Deputy District Attorney, Lane County
  • Air Traffic Control Specialist, United States Navy
  • Crisis Outreach and Assessment Team, Oregon Department of Human Services
  • Founder & Owner, Event Crush
  • Behavioral Health Strategist, PacificSource Health Plans
  • Director of Undergraduate Admission and Esports, Bushnell University
  • Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Bushnell University
  • Cyber Security Analyst, United States Air Force
  • Global Focus Team Strategic Relationship Coordinator, The Bible Project
  • Director of Operations, University of Oregon Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Emergency Dispatcher, Umatilla County Sheriff
  • Change Management Communications Specialist, Oregon Medical Group
  • Mental Health Counselor, The Child Center
  • Sales and Marketing Integration Specialist, Eventide Asset Management
  • Communications Lead, Westside Church
  • Certified Mortgage Advisor, Pacific Residential Mortgage
  • Business Development Manager, Peak Mortgage
  • Media Buyer, Digital Media Solutions
  • Business Development & Marketing Coordinator, Moore Excavation
  • Enterprise Sales Development Representative, Tonkean
  • Human Resources, Roseburg Forest Products
  • Employee Relations, Sun Automotive
  • Basketball Trainer & Coach, The Bay Club Company

Graduate degrees that communication alums have completed or are pursuing:

  • Law
  • Communication
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • Exercise Science/Sports Psychology
  • International Community Development

What You’ll Learn

In Bushnell’s communication program, you’ll benefit from small class sizes, individualized attention and real-world skill acquisition. You will also have the flexibility to choose between a variety of courses and customize your degree based on your interests and career goals. Regardless of the direction you choose, you will learn to enjoy more fulfilling relationships as you provide highly sought-after, innovative skills to a rapidly expanding career field.

Jordan Norris

The most valuable thing about the Communication at Bushnell is everything you learn can be applied to your daily tasks in your job. Whether that’s proofreading press releases, coaching colleagues through conflict, or being able to communicate with someone internationally, the Communication program equips you with all the tools you need to be successful. Every assignment I have done over my 3 years at Bushnell I have used in my job.”

– Jordan Norris, 2019

Communication as a Calling

An examination of how training in Communication Studies prepares students to discern and pursue God’s call(s) on their lives. Begins with exploration of the theology of calling, then proceeds to biographical accounts of Communication degree holders’ pursuit of God’s call, then culminates in each student’s own reflections on how they will attempt to discern and answer God’s call.

Public Speaking

Students will learn how to prepare and deliver effective public speeches. Development of speaking, critical thinking, clarity of ideas, articulation of content, listening, and adaptation to the audience will be emphasized.

Interpersonal Communication

This course seeks to develop the student’s understanding of, and ability to use, interpersonal communication skills. While emphasizing the fulfilling nature of intimate communication, the course will lead students to understand the nature of communication within relationships.

Instructional Communication

This course seeks to develop the student’s understanding of, and ability to use, public address and interpersonal communication skills in instructional contexts. The course will lead students to understand the nature of communication with students, parents of students, adult learners and fellow instructors.

Interpersonal Health Communication

This course seeks to develop the student’s understanding of, and ability to use, interpersonal communication skills in health care settings. The course will lead students to understand the nature of communication within professional relationships.

Argumentation and Debate

Students will learn how to generate and refute arguments. Students will participate in many debates, beginning with informal and playful encounters and proceeding to more formal, research-driven debates. Students will also learn how to evaluate the arguments of opposing sides in a debate, declare a winner, and explain the decision.

Mass Media Law and Ethics

A brief overview of mass media issues and the influence media has on audiences. Students study mass media law and ethics in terms of movies, newspapers, radio, television, magazines, the Internet. Christian ethics are applied to pop cultural trends as well as our use of media in communication.

Listening Behavior

An in-depth examination of past and present research into listening. This course includes a detailed analysis of the listening process, as well as projects and skill work to enhance each student’s ability to listen without succumbing to distraction or misunderstanding.

Communication & Conflict

An introduction to the expression and resolution of conflict in interpersonal communication. Students will learn to recognize, understand, fully analyze, and manage conflict in personal and professional relationships.

Crisis and Emergency Management Communication

Introduces the key elements of crisis response before, during and after the crisis. Also introduces the elements of effective crisis management: prevention, preparation, response, and aftermath. Reviews case studies involving major crises and issues affecting corporations. Examines management actions and communications before, during, and after a crisis.

Campaigns and Special Event Publicity

Applies theory, skills, and a team-based approach to researching, planning, presenting, and implementing a campaign for a client. Pairs students with community organizations and/or campaigns to create content and construct message projects. Students establish measurable objectives and then collect data to determine whether the objectives were met.

Degree Requirements

Here you will find everything you need to know about what is required to successfully complete your degree. Whether you are beginning college for the first time or are a transfer student, we’ve got you covered.

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Available Communication Minors

  • Communication for Accountants
  • Communication for Ministry
  • Health Communication
  • Instructional Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Pre-Law Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Public Speaking
Department Head
School of Arts and Sciences
Doyle Srader, Ph.D.
Professor of Speech & Communication

Ph.D., University of Georgia M.A., Baylor University B.A., Baylor University Dr. Doyle Srader arrived at Bushnell in 2007. His primary teaching schedule includes …