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School of Communication

» B.A. in Global Communication and World Languages

Do you have a passion for languages? Are you inspired to rise to the world’s challenges and become a catalyst for global impact? Launch your journey to global citizenship with a B.A. in Global Communication and World Languages from the School of Communication at Chapman University.

This innovative interdisciplinary degree program is dedicated to empowering inquiring thinkers to communicate productively in our increasingly global and interconnected society. Global Communication and World Languages students pursue fluency in their chosen language path, while infusing their course of study with communication theory and research.

The service-oriented program emphasizes international educational experiences, including study abroad programs, internships and travel courses, giving students the opportunity to put their language proficiency into action while positively impacting communities across the globe.

+ - Degree Requirements

The B.A. in Global Communication and World Languages is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to combine their interests in Language (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish) with the study of evidence–based communication approaches to create shared meaning and understanding of messages. Students become productive global citizens as they learn how to engage in rigorous application of communication theory and research while increasing linguistic and practical skills and broadening their awareness of culture to prepare for the global workplace. Graduates are in high demand as they combine core communication skills with high-level proficiency in a world language. They will be able to pursue careers in diplomacy, government, health care professions, journalism, NGOs, philanthropic organizations with international reach and more. The nine credit hour Capstone sequence, which includes a service learning course/internship, intensive research in their chosen language, and a senior seminar in the global workplace, will provide students with hands on experience, which future employers will value.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with an advisor to construct a sequence of study.

Students may not double major in Global Communication and World Languages and Communication Studies, or Global Communication and World Languages and Strategic and Corporate Communication. Students may not obtain a double major in Global Communication and World Languages and their language track (e.g. Global Communication and World Language, French track and French major). Students may not major in Global Communication and World Languages and minor in the same language track (e.g., Global Communication and World Languages, Chinese track and minor in Chinese).

Students are encouraged to spend at least one semester in a country/region which speaks their language track (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish).

Program requirements

  • Substitutions for required courses in Communication are not permitted without approval of the Associate Dean of the School of Communication. Substitutions for required courses in Languages are not permitted without approval of the Chair of World Languages.
  • To enroll in 300 level courses in the School of Communication, the prerequisites are COM 100 with a minimum grade of B- and COM 295, or SCC 295 with a minimum grade of C, or as a corequisite.
  • To enroll in 400 level COM courses, students require a minimum grade: COM 100 (B-) and COM 295 (C). Other prerequisites are noted in the course descriptions.
Students pursuing the B.A. in Global Communication and World Languages are required to:
  • Maintain at least a 2.500 grade point average in the major.
  • Earn a grade of "C" or higher in major courses.
  • Complete all courses in the major for a letter grade.
  • Complete 45 total hours (21 in Communication Studies, 24 upper division in World Languages).

To see a full description of the Strategic & Corporate Communication program view the course catalog.

+ - Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Global Communication and World Languages program enjoy a variety of careers. Some samples include:

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

For more information on these and other careers related to the Strategic & Corporate Communication major, visit Career and Professional Development

+ - Change of Major

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Language Tracks

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