Communication Studies (Political Communication Track)
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies with a Political Communication Emphasis
Media and politics have been intertwined since the beginning of the printing press. Candidates need to communicate to be elected, and constituents need to analyze the political messages that come their way. The Political Communication major is a program of study that combines the excitement of working in media with the importance of electing the best people for our nation. Whether you want to be a journalist analyzing political speeches or a campaign manager for a candidate, this major will prepare you for a future in media and politics.
The Political Communication major has three main areas of focus: promotion, political science, and communication studies. To be elected, candidates must be promoted through advertising and media exposure. The coordination and control of these situations takes people who understand both campaigning and the media. Students in this program take both communication and government coursework as preparation for careers in political campaigning, analysis, reporting, and research. Students have the opportunity to participate in political reporting and analysis through the student media at Evangel. Internships for helping local officials and campaigns are also available. Students may also spend time in Washington, D.C., through the Washington Studies program.
Program Plan (pdf)
|Want to see exactly what classes you will take? The Program Plan (sometimes called a degree sheet) includes all specific requirements - including University proficiencies, Frameworks courses and degree requirements.|
Each of Evangel's academic programs is made up of a set of core curriculum, program requirements and electives. The courses listed below are just a small sample of courses that might be taken as a part of this specific program.
|Political Communication||An examination of the communication involved in the varied contexts of politics as a means of creating more informed users and consumers of political messages. Students will be exposed to relevant theories and asked to present apply this knowledge to current political activity.|
|Advertising I & II||Part I is an introduction to the field of advertising through various media. Part II is an in-depth approach to advertising theory, strategy, and execution. Includes practical experience in gathering marketing data, writing strategic marketing plans, creating a copy platform, and expediting an advertising job from conception through final client approval.|
|Political Philosophy||Study of the foundational principles of Western political and social philosophy from Augustine to the present, including such philosophers as Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Marx.|
|Argumentation & Debate||Fundamentals of logical analysis, preparation of briefs, and experiences in debating.|
|Mass Media Law||A study of the statutes and judicial opinion that are the basis for an understanding of freedoms and controls of print and broadcast media. Includes an examination of media ethics from a Christian viewpoint.|
Evangel University's world-class faculty is made up of caring, Christian professionals who are distinguished in their fields and dedicated to the development of tomorrow's Christian leaders.
Dr. Joy Qualls has a passion for books, politics and debate, but what really drives her career is her love of people. Dr. Qualls first came to Evangel as an adjunct in 2006, dividing her time between teaching at Evangel and Central Bible College and working for Drury University’s Enrollment Marketing program. She is now […] read more
Dr. Bryan Sanders, a 1982 graduate of Evangel, is chairman of the Department of Social Sciences. He is a man of integrity and passion to see his students succeed. He enjoys promoting new development and vision for his department while continuing to promote the development of his advisees and students as their careers begin to […] read more
Evangel's academic programs are designed specifically to prepare you for a career in the real world. But it's more than just job preparation; it's preparing you to make a full impact in your profession through the unique combination of faith and learning. Here are some of the professions this degree would prepare you for:
- Campaign Manager
- Public Relations Officer
- Political Analyst or Journalist
- Political Commentator (radio or TV)
- Media Consultant
- Elected Representative or Government Official
- State and Local Government Media Director
General Undergraduate Requirements
The following are general requirements for all students beginning an undergraduate program at Evangel. For more information visit Undergraduate Admissions Requirements.
|Faith||As a boldly Christian university, all of our students have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.|
|Diploma||Graduation from high school, or having the equivalent of a high school diploma such as the General Education Development (GED) examination.|
|Core Subjects||A minimum of a 2.0 GPA in core college prep classes (English, math, social sciences and science with a lab)|
|Grade Average||A "C" average. However, in some cases, a student with a weak academic record may be considered. To remain at Evangel, however, the student must meet scholastic requirements.|
|Standardized Tests||>Entering freshmen should take the ACT or SAT test. The codes for Evangel are as follows: SAT: 6198. ACT: 2296.|
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