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Communication–– the sharing of ideas and feelings through written, spoken, performed and mediated messages––is fundamental to the human experience. The art of communication requires us to use language, images, behavior and the environment to express experience in its complexity and continuity. Through the focused study of communication, you will develop expressive, interpretative, persuasive and analytic strategies to understand connections with others and the world.

Highlights

  • Core courses in communication theory and rhetoric with individual emphases in media and film study, multimedia production or communication studies
  • Participation in The Syrinx, the student newspaper at FPU, and The Green Light, a creative writing publication
  • Required internships in social media, marketing, tutoring, public relations, business, writing, non-profit organizations, churches and mentoring.
  • Senior project with one-on-one faculty tutorial and research experience
  • Study opportunities with the CCCU programs Strategic Communication in the American Studies Program, Washington, D.C., and Film Studies in the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, Hollywood, CA.
  • Opportunity for study abroad

Career opportunities

Our graduates have careers in public relations, college admissions, social media, production, church media, journalism, teaching and graduate study. The major provides understanding of human interaction leading to success in multiple settings including religious, entrepreneurial, educational, non-profit, government and NGOs.

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

General Education Prerequisites

CodeTitleUnits
COM 110 or COM 110A and COM 110BWritten Communication or Written Communication I and II3
COM 120Oral Communication3

Required Courses (7 Courses, 19-21 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
COM 368Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric3
COM 400Intercultural Communication3
COM 450Communication Theory3
COM 455Philosophy of Language3
COM 460Projects in Communication3
COM 496Communication Internship1
LIT 480Narrative3

Emphases

This program requires an emphasis

Program director

Billie Jean Wiebe, Ph.D.
Billie Jean Wiebe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication and English