Department of Communication
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Academic Programs

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Seven majors are available in the Department of Communication. Students can also minor in each of the areas listed below. In addition, the Department of Communication offers a minor in  Web Design

For students interested in film, Harding University offers an off-campus academic experience at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. Download LAFSC Information Sheet pdf for more information.

Advertising — Prepares graduates for successful careers in advertising. Possible jobs after graduation include sales and creative work with ad agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

Communication Studies — Prepares students with an overview of the theoretical and performance content of the field of human communication. This entails a thorough knowledge of the major levels and formats of communication, including intrapersonal and interpersonal communication, organizational communication, intercultural communication, nonverbal communication, mediated communication, rhetoric, and public speaking. The communication studies degree offers students a variety of career and graduate school opportunities.

Film  Prepares graduates for successful careers in film, television, and digital media who want to have creative roles in producing content with social, political, cultural, and economic significance. As media outlets continue to grow within both traditional fields and new streaming platforms, the ability to create original content to fill these outlets will be in high demand.

Integrated Marketing Communication — Prepares graduates for successful careers in marketing communication through a collaborative curriculum of business and communication courses. Possible jobs after graduation include marketing firms, corporations, strategic communication agencies, public institutions, consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations in the areas of communication technologies, community relations, branding, event planning, visual communication, content production, digital strategies, and market research. 

Media Production — Prepares graduates for successful careers in audio, video and digital media production. Possible jobs after graduation include audio and video recording, editing, producing, and animating for production groups and in-house agencies in corporations, non-profit organizations, and public institutions. 

Multimedia Journalism — Prepares graduates for successful careers in journalism. Students choose one of four concentrations: broadcasting, news-editorial, photojournalism and sports journalism. Possible jobs after graduation include producing, reporting, writing, editing, graphic designing, photographing, and anchoring positions at television news and radio stations, newspapers, magazines and other convergent newsrooms.

Public Relations — Prepares graduates for successful careers as professional communicators who help clients tell their stories. Possible jobs after graduation include working with public relations firms, corporations, public institutions, and non-profit organizations.

Camera Requirement

Students majoring in Advertising, Film, Media Production, Integrated Marketing Communication, Multimedia Journalism, and Public Relations are expected to have access to a DSLR camera capable of video recording. The Canon Rebel is the minimum acceptable camera for these majors.

 The current Canon Rebel model is available for purchase through the Harding Bookstore and can be charged to your student account, though you may purchase it, or another camera, on your own. If you have questions about what camera would be best for you and your professional interests, or whether a DSLR camera you already own will suffice for your classes, please contact your advisor or instructor for the course.

 For most courses, you will also need a high speed/high capacity flash drive or external hard drive to store your project files.

Contact Us

Fax: 501-279-4065

Mailing address:
Harding University
Department of Communication
Box 10765
Searcy, AR 72149-5615