Communication majors develop understanding of communication codes, communication and influence, interpersonal and small group communication processes, public communication, cultural differences in communication, and applied communication in work contexts.
The communication major helps graduates develop skills to become more effective advocates, leaders, decision makers, and citizens.
Communication students can become involved in active learning processes inside and outside the classroom. The Communication Club is open to all; honorary society chapters are available for those who excel. The intercollegiate speech and debate program travels throughout the West Coast, where students participate in both debate and individual events tournaments.
Communication graduates excel in many career fields, including education, law, business management, marketing, public relations, human relations, social advocacy, communication consulting, and training and development.
High school courses in English, speech, and debate are useful preparation, but are not necessary.