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To impact a fast-paced world for the cause of Christ, you must develop your ability to reach out, connect with people, and positively influence others.

In a word, you must learn to communicate.

BBC’s Communications program will equip you to do that. You’ll study under experienced professors who are passionate about using their skills for the glory of God and dedicated to developing yours.

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Theatre and Writing options
The BBC Communications program offers two avenues of study: Writing and Theatre.

Our Writing program will hone your proficiencies in written communication through interactive classes and hands-on opportunities such as “The Anchor,” BBC’s school newspaper, and “The Tower,” our yearbook.

As a Writing-emphasis graduate, you will be well-equipped for the role of writer or editor for magazines, newspapers, and ministry organizations. Grads may choose to pursue a wide variety of careers including curriculum writing for schools or Sunday schools, website editing, writing and/or editing Bible study materials, and press release writing.

Learn how graduates of the Communications program are using their BBC education.
Nathan and Amy Kauffman

Read more about Nathan and Amy Kauffman here.

"The confidence and abilities I developed as a communications student have been what I've built my career on thus far."
-Nathan Kauffman, 2004 BBC graduate

Our Theatre program stretches both your acting and directing skills. In addition to numerous student-led productions throughout each semester,  you’ll have the opportunity for involvement in our major, bi-annual drama productions. You’ll gain experience in a wide variety of genres, such as comedy, drama, musicals, classics, and contemporary works.

Graduates of our Theatre-emphasis program will be prepared to direct or act in church drama ministries, teach in school drama programs, write scripts, design sets, or launch a drama outreach ministry. Many graduates work in regional and professional theatre companies, and have been accepted into master's and doctorate theatre programs.  

Core Courses

Writing
Advanced English Grammar
Contemporary Christian Writers
Fiction Writing
Introduction to Journalism
Non-Fiction Writing
Senior Writing Project
Theatre
Acting
Church Drama
Directing for Theatre
Drama in Performance
Introduction to Theatre
Oral Interpretation
Senior Drama Project
Studies in Dramatic Literature


Making the program your own
Students in our Writing program may choose either a senior project or internship, while Theatre students are required to participate in both. Our goal is for you to combine communication and ministry while gaining practical experience and knowledge from qualified professionals. This can be accomplished through projects such as writing or directing your own play, directing a play in a Christian school, or internships at an off-campus television station, magazine, newspaper, or theatre company.

In either program, you will study with professors and instructors who love God and love the subjects they teach. Most importantly, you will study your field of interest in light of God’s Word and learn to communicate His truth more effectively. As one of our professors so aptly expressed, the question isn’t, “What can you do with a Communications degree?” but, “What can’t you do with a Communications degree?”

Many options after graduation
Upon completing the Communications program, you will have earned the equivalent of a double major in Bible and your chosen field. You will be well prepared to enter ministries and careers in to your area of study. Not only will you have gained intellectual knowledge, you will also have acquired hands-on experience that can be added to your résumé.

Graduates of either of program can consider the option of a graduate-level education. Our grads have chosen to attend top-level schools. Others have obtained career positions at organizations such as LA Film Studios (Los Angeles, CA), Sight and Sound Theatre (Lancaster, PA), and WVIA television (Pittston, PA).

What they say
“The Communications/Theatre program at BBC is truly exceptional. Coming in as a Freshman, not knowing what to expect or even what to hope for, I soon found that the Communication department staff, in particular Dr. Maxwell, guided and challenged me as an individual in a way that benefited my entire college career, not just those first few wobbly steps as a Freshman. In addition to the incomparable staff at BBC, the curriculum and intensity with which the program unfolds throughout the year is exhilarating and beneficial to any field of ministry. As a Comm/Theatre major, I was exposed to a phantasmagoria of challenging and exciting plays, fieldtrips and in-class debates (I even learned some fancy words along the way). Through auditions for the campus dramas, I learned invaluable lessons of teamwork, commitment and initiative, along with some shining personal triumphs. In short, the Comm/Theatre program at BBC is exceptionally well-rounded, whether it is the academics, staff, on or off-campus activities, BBC’s Communications/Theatre program has prepared me for a life of glorifying God in the Arts!”
- Kate Buis, BBC graduate
 
“After completing the Communications program at BBC, I was able to smoothly transition to a career in the magazine industry feeling adequately prepared for the job.  Between ‘The Anchor’ campus newspaper, ‘The Tower’ yearbook, and class assignments, BBC offered many writing opportunities that prepared me with the organizational, professional, writing, and editing skills a job in print media demands.”
- Erika Bruckner, BBC graduate and Associate Editor of Happenings Magazine

Learn more
For details about the Communications program, contact Dr. Brian Maxwell (Theatre) or Dr. Janet Hicks (Writing).