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    We live in the age of electronic media. Social media, video services, podcasts, 24-hour news channels, and a myriad of instant update services both online and on your phone now form the world of information sharing.

    But unless we can trust the people who choose which information is sent our way, we cannot be sure we are getting the information we really need. That's where you come in; that's why Communication Arts Degree programs are in such high demand.

    As a Communication Arts major at Franciscan University, you will learn how to be part of the global information and entertainment industry. You'll learn about the mass and social media in both theory and practice.  

    Focus Your Communication Arts Studies

    The Communication Arts Bachelor's Degree Program has four concentrations that allow you to focus your studies. Concentrations include traditional journalism, radio and television broadcasting, multimedia, and Web design.

    Students in each concentration can expect to take a variety of specialized courses. Journalism students will take courses in publication design and management as well as news reporting and editing. Those in the multimedia program will take several digitally focused courses in the areas of interactive media, post production, special effects and more. Our radio and television broadcasting students take courses in both radio and TV script writing as well as TV and radio production. Of course, tech-savvy Web design students will be exposed to the areas of graphic design and Internet communication. Note that no matter the concentration area, each Communication Arts student will be required to prepare a well-reasoned thesis during their senior year.

    Throughout your time at Franciscan, you'll learn about the many ways that our culture produces and processes information and how to effectively convey stories, news, and messages. You'll learn how the Catholic Church understands the role of the media in the New Evangelization and discover new ways you can use the power of both the written and spoken word to transform the Church and our culture.

    Gain Valuable Communication Experience

    While enrolled as a student, you'll be able to write for the Troubadour, our campus newspaper, or get on-air for our campus radio station, 88.3 WFRScc Franciscan Effect Radio. Students also assist in the production of Franciscan University Presents, a monthly television program aired on EWTN; Franciscan University Connections, a radio program that airs internationally; as well as a variety of other television shows produced in our on-campus studio.

    However you focus your studies at Franciscan, you will not only receive your Communication Arts Bachelor's Degree, but will also be equipped with the knowledge, experience, and skill needed to succeed in the communications field. You will also have a clear understanding of how your work as a communicator can serve the Church and culture.

    For more information about the Communication Arts major, contact the Admissions Office or reach out to the faculty members listed below.


    Sample Program | Course Descriptions

    First Semester Second Semester
    Introduction to Mass Media Media and Society
    Freshman English I American Founding Principles Core
    Natural Science Core Literature Core
    Philosophy Core Math or Economics Core
    Elem Foreign Language or Elective Elem Foreign Language or Elective
    First Semester Second Semester
    News Reporting Public Affairs Reporting
    Intermediate Foreign Language Requirement Intermediate Foreign Language Requirement
    History Core Natural Science Core
    Literature Core Philosophy Core
    Theology Core (101 Fnd Catholicism) Theology Core
    First Semester Second Semester
    Publication Design Radio/TV News
    Journalism Convergence News Editing
    Advanced Composition Catholic Trad. in Fine Arts Core
    Philosophy Core Theology Core
    Elective Elective
    First Semester Second Semester
    Publication Management Newspaper Production
    Communication Arts Elective Thesis
    Elective Communication Arts Elective
    Elective Elective
    Elective Elective
    Elective Elective

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