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School of Communication

» B.A. in Communication Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in communication studies explores the history, processes, and effects of oral, written and mediated message and social interaction. The mission of the Department of Communication Studies is to educate and train our students to be effective communicators, leaders and ethical advocates prepared to address local, national and global issues. Our department's goal is to prepare students to effectively negotiate the complex communication processes occurring in our global society.

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Degree Requirements

Required courses include Public Speaking, Theories of Persuasion and Group Communications. Each student is also required to complete an internship in order to gain hands-on experience in a potential career field.

Upper division courses include Argumentation and Debate, Radio: History/Impact, Conflict Power and Negotiation along with many others for a total of 48 credits.

To see a full description of the Communication Studies program view the course catalog.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Communication Studies program enjoy a variety of careers. Some samples include:

  • Advertising
  • Agency Manager
  • Creative/Art Director
  • Media Buyer
  • Public Relations, Arbitrator
  • Event Coordinator
  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Community Affairs Liaison
  • Diplomat
  • Forensics Coach
  • Lobbyist
  • Paralegal
  • Curator
  • Fundraiser
  • Philanthropic Representative
  • Conflict Mediator

For more information on these and other careers related to the communication studies major, visit Career and Professional Development.

Change of Major

If you are a current Chapman University student and are looking to change your major or declare a major, the following form will be available in the weeks prior to registration during the fall and spring semesters. It will reopen during winter and summer break and interterm. Please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (aweber@chapman.edu) with questions about the application or the application process.

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