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Communication is fundamental to the human experience and lies at the heart of any successful career. The sharing of ideas and feelings through written, spoken, non-verbal and mediated messages allows us to engage with the world around us. As a communication major at Fresno Pacific University, you'll take classes from faculty with wide ranging expertise—including performance, writing, film and media studies—and apply your knowledge with a required internship. Whether you’re debating the meaning behind words in Philosophy of Language or understanding how pop culture influences communities in Media and Society, you’ll find new connections to those around you, to your work and to the broader world. Through the focused study of communication, you’ll learn to craft your own story, while learning to listen to others.


  • Participate in The Syrinx, the award-winning student newspaper
  • Work one-on-one with faculty and create a senior project unique to your interests
  • Required internships in social media, marketing, tutoring, public relations, business, writing, non-profit organizations, churches and mentoring
  • 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
  • Core courses in communication theory and rhetoric with individual emphases in Media and Film Studies, Integrated Media or Communication Studies

Career opportunities

Our graduates have careers in public relations, social media management, video production, church media, journalism, marketing and teaching. Students will also be prepared for graduate studies in fine arts, law and business. With this degree, you'll bring an essential understanding of human interaction, leading you to success in multiple settings, including religious, entrepreneurial, educational, non-profit, government and NGOs.

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

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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 (6 Units)

COM 110 or
COM 110H or
COM 110A and
COM 110B
Written Communication
Honors Writing Seminar
Written Communication I
Written Communication II
COM 120Oral Communication3

Required Courses (19-21 Units)

COM 368Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric3
COM 400Intercultural Communication3
COM 450Communication Theory3
COM 455Philosophy of Language3
COM 460Projects in Communication3
COM 496Communication Internship1 - 3
COM 480Narrative3


This program requires an emphasis

Program directors

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Eleanor Nickel, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, English

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Leann Lo

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Communication