Communication Studies Major

51 units

The communication studies major offers an in-depth study of communication in various contexts, including but not limited to rhetoric, argumentation, interpersonal communication, small group communication, organizational communication, conflict management, intercultural communication, and family communication.

Career Opportunities

To prepare for career opportunities, students are required to complete a 3-unit communication internship prior to graduation. Communication studies graduates often work as:

  • Communication training and development specialists
  • Strategic communication (including social media) specialists
  • Public relations and public affairs staff
  • Human resource officers
  • Corporate or personal event planners
  • Customer relations managers
  • Sales representatives
  • Higher education administrators
  • Corporate managers
  • Ministry leaders in churches or nonprofits
  • Marriage and family counselors
  • High school guidance counselors
  • Entrepreneurs



51 units

To graduate, communication studies major students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in their major coursework.

Lower-division Core Requirements
COMM 111Public Communication 13
COMM 201Introduction to Communication Studies3
COMM 203Communication Theory3
COMM 211Professional Communication3
COMM 230Small Group Communication3
COMM 260Intercultural Communication 23
Upper-division Core Requirements
COMM 300Research Methods in Communication3
COMM 302Rhetorical Theory3
COMM 305Writing 3: Writing for Communication 33
COMM 420Conflict Management3
COMM 425Interpersonal Communication Processes3
COMM 430Organizational Communication3
COMM 490Communication Internship 43
COMM 496Senior Seminar: Ethics in Human Communication3
Take 9 units from the following:9
Intercollegiate Forensics
Gender Communication
Leadership Communication
Argumentation and Advocacy
Nonverbal Communication
Family Communication
Persuasion and Attitude Change
Special Topics
Directed Research
Total Units51

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Explain how communication creates, sustains, manages, and changes persons, groups, organizations, and society, and use that knowledge in an ethical manner.
  2. Articulate how their faith informs the study, evaluation, and practice of communication, and exemplify Christian values that affirm people’s inherent worth as they put principles into action.
  3. Identify their communication tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses.
  4. Express ideas clearly and accurately through oral and written communication using various media in academic and practitioner contexts.
  5. Utilize quantitative and qualitative research tools to explore communication worlds.
  6. Ethically apply communication theories and skills to various communicative situations (e.g., developing healthy, supportive relationships; participating in and leading teams; solving problems and making decisions; managing conflict; presenting strategic messages; cultivating healthy organizations; interacting with diverse populations; executing change strategies; and promoting the intellectual, spiritual, and emotional growth of those with whom they live and work).
  7. Identify a vocational direction where one’s communication skills can be utilized to make a positive difference.