Communication Degree

Exceptional communication skills are necessary regardless of your career path. Employers seek outstanding oral and written communication skills, consistently ranking these skills as most important. People skills–including building relationships, making quality group decisions, helping others navigate difficult situations, managing and mediating conflict, and working in teams in culturally-diverse organizational settings–are relevant and desirable in all fields.

At APU, we emphasize the application of Christian truths and values to the study of communication theories and processes, consideration of ethical issues, and the mastery of current scholarship in each field. Our personable, caring, and top-notch faculty are devoted to helping students discern their calling and pursue it in whatever form that takes, whether that includes pursuing graduate studies, joining an organization after graduation, or launching an independent startup company.

To complement their studies, communication majors students can find internship opportunities in nearby Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles, where they gain hands-on experience and valuable contacts with companies such as the Walt Disney Co., Nordstrom, Warner Bros., K-EARTH 101 FM, NBC, ESPN, Capitol Records, Universal Music, The Giving Keys, Prodigy PR, Voguish Events and Design, The Peninsula Hotel (Beverly Hills), and more.

Is This Major Right for You?

You’re a communication major if you:

  • Enjoy interacting with and leading people.
  • Desire to explore the science behind why people do what they do individually and socially.
  • Seek to build and develop people and programs in your career options.
  • Desire to become skilled at working with people across diverse cultures.
  • Excel at building relationships, teams, and effective processes.
  • Want to help others work through conflict and come to mutually-beneficial solutions.

Learn more about this major. You also may wish to consider APU’s journalism major or public relations major.

Communication Studies was a place where I began to understand who I am meant to be in the world. It has equipped me with theories and methods for creating positive change in my workplace and in my relationships. The professors blend scholarship and personal development with truth at the core. Faith is not just mentioned into the classroom, it is the foundation of all coursework. This program truly cultivates disciples and scholars.

Lauren Porcher ’17
Note: This information is current for the 2018-19 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.