Communications Major

Warner Pacific offers many opportunities for students seeking professional careers in multi-media journalism/broadcast, media design and production, public relations, and marketing communications.

The Communications major is a broad curriculum designed to develop the expertise, knowledge, and skills needed to do communications work within organizations—information gathering, audience analysis, visual design, as well as sophisticated oral and written communication.

Students completing this major will be prepared for work in old and new media; they will be able to thrive in a shifting landscape of career paths.

Courses require students to identify ethical and practical dilemmas encountered by media professionals and to develop frameworks for ethical action. Practical hands-on experience is provided by student work on publications like Rocinante and Knight Times.

Warner Pacific Communications majors have completed successful internships with a variety of Portland media outlets like KXL/Alpha Broadcasting and KATU. Other interns have done media development work for businesses, non-profits, and ministry organizations.

In addition to these local opportunities, students in the major can apply for off-campus study; semester programs sponsored by the Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities include the Los Angeles Film Studies Center and the Washington (D.C.) Journalism Center.


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Communications Major

36 credits (minimum), no more than 9 of which may be used to satisfy Core Studies requirements; 18 credits in residence, 18 credits upper division. Required:

COMM/JL 210 Journalism Principles and Techniques 3
COMM/JL 211 Copy Editing and Publication Design 3
COMM 300 Communications Theory: Models and Messages 3
COMM/EN 385 Introduction to Critical Strategies 3
COMM/EN 390 Visual Communication 3
COMM/EN 450 Ethical Theory for Writing and Reading 3
COMM/EN/FA 350 Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction 3
OR COMM/EN/FA 351 Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction 3
COMM/JL 125 Art and Literary Journal Production
OR COMM/JL 325 Advanced Art and Literary Journal Production
OR COMM/JL 335 Newsmagazine Production 1-3
DR/SA 240 Oral Interpretation 3
OR COMM 220 Public Speaking 3
EN 215/315 Global Literature 3
OR EN 245/345 Urban Literature 3
EN/DR 250/349 Understanding Film and its Forms 3
EN 325 Rogues and Rebels: Survey of Literature in English 1600 to 1815 3
OR EN 326 Romantics and Realists: Survey of Literature in English 1815 to Present
OR EN 335 Epic Literature and Mythology
OR EN 336 Sagas, Saints and Sonnets: Survey of Literature in English 700-1600 3
HUM 391/392 Humanities Internship 2

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates collaborate in aesthetic communities by articulating how communications affects professional, public life.
  • Graduates can use frameworks of criticism to analyze and evaluate messages in various forms of media.
  • Graduates use sophisticated stylistic choices in oral and written communication.

(Updated Sept. 2015)