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School of Communication

B.A. Communication Studies

» Communication Studies

Our program will educate and train you to be an effective communicator, leader and ethical advocate prepared to address local, national and global issues. While in the program, you’ll:

  • Understand and utilize an evidence-based communication approach to creating shared meaning and understanding in a variety of contexts. These contexts include interpersonal, groups, international, persuasion, social media, public speaking and many more.
  • Complete at least one internship to gain hands-on experience in a potential career field.

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Where This Degree Will Take You

Graduates go on to a variety of roles in various organizations. Some sample careers include:

  • Branding Strategist
  • Content Marketing Manager
  • Copywriter
  • Digital Strategist
  • Journalist
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Product Marketing Manager
  • Social Media Coordinator/Manager

While you’re in the program, our School of Communication career advisor will help you explore these options and start your career.

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Alumni Highlight: Holeka Inaba '16 (M.S. '17)
Communication Studies and Integrated Education Studies Double Major
“Chapman’s communication program has given me the tools I need to make decisions based on research and facts, a trait that is a necessity for someone running for office in this day and age.”

Internship Opportunities

All Communication Studies students will take at least one internship. This will give you the opportunity to explore a potential career and gain professional experience.

There are countless internship opportunities throughout Orange County (and in nearby Los Angeles), and students often intern out of state or even around the world!

Internship Highlight: Maya Dhairyawan ‘20
Public Relations Intern with Compass in Miami, Florida
“I ran the team’s Instagram page, wrote blog posts, recorded my own podcast and appeared in several videos for the team’s online show.”

Study Abroad Opportunities

There are countless opportunities to study abroad while in the program, which include: 

  • A full semester abroad
  • An Interterm (winter) or summer travel course
  • A summer internship

You can learn more about these options, as well as scholarship and funding opportunities, on our Center for Global Education website.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Joining a student club or organization is a great way to build your community and develop your skillset. Chapman has more than 190 options. You can view the School of Communication clubs here.

Admission & Tour Information

You can learn more about the application process on the university’s Admission website. Specific transfer recommendations are available below.

While you consider Chapman, we hope you will also have time to either:

  • Visit us for a Campus Tour. Walking tours are led by current students who will show you the campus and residence life area. They’re eager to answer questions and show you what life at Chapman is like.
  • Join a Virtual Guided Campus Tour. If you can't make it to campus, you can still join a virtual tour led by current students.

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Talk to a Current Student

Want to learn more about the program or student experience? Reach out to a current Communication Studies student! They would be happy to answer whatever's on your mind.

Contact Us

Program Questions
Contact any of the School of Communication program advisors.

Admission Questions
(714) 997-6711

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Current Students

Are you interested in a major in the School of Communication?

Are you a current Chapman University undergraduate student who would like to major in Communication Studies, Strategic and Corporate Communication, or Global Communication?

Please complete this application to be considered for admittance to the School of Communication. Applications are reviewed year-round. If accepted, you will be provided with instructions to make the change of major official and meet with a School of Communication Program Advisor.