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School of Communication

B.A. in Global Communication and World Languages

» B.A. in Global Communication and World Languages

Our interdisciplinary degree empowers you to effectively communicate in our increasingly global and interconnected society. While in the program, you’ll:

  • Pursue fluency in your chosen language (see Language Track options below). This includes language courses and (we strongly recommend) at least one semester abroad.
  • Gain an understanding of communication theory and research. In addition to coursework, you’ll complete a capstone service sequence (include a service project or internship)  to showcase your language and communication skills.

 


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Program Requirements

You’ll take 21 credits (seven courses) in communication theory and research as well as 24 credits (eight courses) in your chosen language track. Your program advisor will help you select the right course of study for you.

To view required courses and electives, visit our Global Communication and World Languages catalog page.

Language Track Options

You’ll select one of the following language tracks below:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

You will not be able to double major or minor in the same language as your language track. However, students in the program often minor in additional languages.


Where This Degree Will Take You

Graduates are in high demand as they combine core communication skills with high-level proficiency in a world language. These assets make graduates well prepared for:

  • Community Relations
  • Diplomacy
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Nongovernmental Organizations
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Multinational Organizations

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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Accelerated (4 + 1) Graduate Programs

Through an Accelerated (4+1) graduate program, you can earn an undergraduate and master’s degree with just one additional year of coursework beyond the traditional four years.

Many of these programs could be an ideal next step for a Global Communications and World Languages student:

Chapman Student Beatrice Lam
Alumni Highlight: Beatrice Lam ‘19
“It was the Global Communication program that cultivated an open mindset and courage to quite literally ‘take on the world.’”

Capstone Sequence

At the end of the program you will complete an individualized nine-credit capstone sequence that includes:

  • A service learning course/internship. You’ll have a world of opportunities and your program advisor will help you find the right one for you. Options range from volunteering locally to doing a summer internship abroad.
  • Intensive research in your chosen language track.
  • A senior seminar in the global workplace, which could include gaining experience in a corporation, government agency or nonprofit.

This sequence will provide hands-on experience in an area that aligns with your interests and career goals.

Chapman student Sarina Welsh
Alumni Highlight: Sarina Welsh ‘20
“I was able to do an internship in Marketing Strategy for Fondazione Italia, do a travel course in Sicily, study abroad in Rome, tutor Italian on campus and intern at the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West.”

Study abroad opportunities

We encourage students to spend at least one semester in a country/region where their chosen language is spoken. We are also happy to support multiple student abroad experiences, which can include: 

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

Visit the Center for Global Education list for some sample programs.


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 230 options. You can view the School of Communication clubs here.

In addition, Chapman’s Department of World Languages offers a variety of clubs and activities. These can help improve your cultural knowledge and fluency in your chosen language.


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Department of World Languages Clubs

These clubs are a great way to expand your experience speaking foreign languages and exploring the cultures of other countries. For more information, visit the Department of World Languages website

  • Chinese Club
  • German Club
  • Italian Club
  • Nihongo Club
  • Arabic Club
  • French Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Study Abroad Club

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 visit for a Campus Tour and Information Session. 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.


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Transfer Requirements

You can view the Global Communication and World Languages recommended prerequisites for transfer students on our Admission website.

Related Minors

Global Communication and World Language students often minor in additional languages and/or areas aligned with their career goals. Below are some common options:

You can explore all of Chapman’s undergraduate majors and minors with our program finder.