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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 communicate effectively 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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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

For more information, visit the Global Communication and World Languages career and professional development page. 

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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. See what students have done.
  • 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.

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

Hear about students' study abroad experiences here!

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 hundreds of clubs that you can join.

View School of Communication clubs and Diversity and Cultural Student Organizations. 

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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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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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.

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.