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Communication

From Aristotle to Apple, we give Communication majors the tools to become creators of culture.

Whether your interest is in digital, print, or face-to-face communication, we’ll give you the training and hands-on experience you’ll need to make the best use of your gifts in your post-graduate calling and career.


Montreat College’s Communication program helps students develop their God-given creative gifts.

Five concentrations: general communication, digital media production, journalism, public relations, theatre.

Multiple off-campus programs available for immersion semesters in various communication fields.

Opportunities to interact with local media through field trips, internships, and guest speakers.

Sample Courses

CM 220 Public Speech and Rhetorical Analysis

How do you become an excellent communicator? In this class we will examine excellent public communication from throughout history from a practical and theoretical perspective. At the same time, students will prepare and deliver their own speeches in a variety of formats. Emphasis will be placed on historical context, speaker ethos, and rhetorical analysis, with special attention paid to modern and post-modern rhetorical theory

CM 249 Digital Media Production

This course covers the steps to create a short film/documentary. Students will explore the techniques, aesthetics, and theory that inform lighting, cameras, editing, crew organization, work flow, and production requirements. Students will complete short film projects in journalism, advertising/PR and a final short narrative or documentary piece.

CM 348 News Writing

A practical examination of investigative reporting in print media. Topics include: developing the news story, exploring leads, interviewing sources, and understanding the reporter/editor relationship. Related issues address the ethical, legal, and social responsibilities of the journalist. Students will sharpen their reporting skills through the researching, writing, and editing of several publishable-quality news stories.

Career Opportunities

  • Consultant
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Graphic designer
  • Public speaker
  • Reporter
  • Public relations professional
  • Actor
  • Playwright
  • Screenwriter
  • Photojournalist
  • Journalist
  • Social media manager
  • Lobbyist
  • Editor
  • Producer
  • Politician
Faculty
Joseph Martin

Joseph F. Martin

Associate Professor of Communication

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James Southerland

James Southerland

Artist in Residence
Faculty Emeritus,
Professor of Art

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Callan E. White-Hinman

Callan E. White-Hinman

Professor of Theatre Arts

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Concentrations

General Communications

This concentration exposes you to the wide knowledge base of the field. You’ll be trained in:

  • web design
  • graphic design
  • photojournalism
  • news writing
  • public relations planning
  • public speaking
  • grant writing

You’ll also explore the sociological and cultural implications of communication and media studies while learning technical skills and techniques. This concentration strives to balance theoretical exploration with practical skills—and allows you to choose communication electives in your field of interest.

Digital Media Production

Our digital media production concentration exposes you to the craft of videography—the process of capturing moving images on electronic media. This program offers an exciting internship in CCCU’s LA Film Studies Program. Learning objectives include:

  • pre-production
  • visual design
  • handling a camera
  • directing
  • scheduling and budgets
  • lighting
  • sound capture
  • digital editing
  • distribution considerations

Videography skills are invaluable across many fields and are particularly useful for public relations and marketing, youth and camp ministries, ethnographic research, documentaries, and narrative filmmaking.

Journalism

If you want to learn journalism in real time, then you’ll be interested in CCCU’s Washington Journalism Program—offered as an internship under this concentration. Further, our journalism curriculum exposes you to:

  • general journalism
  • proper news data gathering and reporting
  • news editing considerations
  • layout and design
  • convergent journalism
  • visual rhetoric
  • internet news considerations
  • photojournalism
  • blogging
  • digital editing
Public Relations

Our public relations concentration offers a wide range of courses designed to effectively prepare you for the varied tasks of a public relations practitioner. A critical part of our program includes an internship in the public relations sector to develop your professional experience and contacts. You’ll be exposed to:

  • web design
  • graphic design
  • grant writing
  • news writing
  • communication theory
  • marketing research methods
Theatre

Explore the field of theatre and blend it with your communication curriculum. You’ll study:

  • stage acting
  • acting for camera
  • directing
  • voice and movement
  • stagecraft
  • writing for stage and screen

You’ll also gain experience in grant writing, public relations, web design, public speaking, and communication theory. An internship in theatre or film is a must. Our goal is to effectively prepare you for the writing, directing, creating, and performing of professional theatre, whether it’s in a ministry setting or in the pursuit of a career in Los Angeles or New York.

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