The mission of the Department of Communication is to prepare students in the strategic use of communication for the public good as leaders in their local and global communities. Students develop a better understanding of communication theory and research methodologies as well as their proficiency in oral, written and mediated communication.
The Communication major is designed to encompass a balance of communication theory and application courses. Fundamental skill-building courses are the foundation of the major program, so that students work toward the improvement of their communication competencies while increasing their knowledge and experience in preparation for communication professions.
The faculty in our department have expertise in a wide range of specialties, exposing students to all aspects of the communication field.
As highlighted below, Communication students have numerous opportunities to learn and refine their craft outside of the classroom.
Speech and Debate
It's no exaggeration to say that Pacific's Speech and Debate team is the stuff of forensics legends. Since 1854, Pacific Speech and Debate has established itself as a leader in the discipline and produced legendary thinkers and orators that include former solicitor general and renowned lawyer Theodore (Ted) Olson. Currently led by Professor Steven Kalani Farias, Pacific Speech and Debate continues to uphold the legacy of excellence that has long been the team's hallmark. Learn how to join >>
Internships and Practica
Internships and practica are an important adjunct to learning. These experiences are available both on and off campus in the areas of radio, television, public relations, journalism, organizational communication and forensics (speech and debate), and social media. Learn more about internships and practica >>
Our department offers students the chance to hone their craft through hands-on experience in television, radio and print media. We also offer courses on social media and digital platforms, and are constantly seeking new ways to train and prepare our students for the future of communication.