Communication

The communications minor at Pacific University is an interdisciplinary course of study that helps students build an understanding of the integral connection between communication and the human experience. The need for such contextualized understanding has never been more important, given the technological innovations rapidly expanding our global communities. In this minor, students will study identity and culture, public presentations, and forms of mass media.

Highlights

  • Build an interdisciplinary understanding of the role of communication within the human experience
  • Study communication patterns between people regarding issues of identity, sexuality race and culture
  • Develop live presentation and performance skills
  • Explore the roles and influences of mass media and digital technologies on modern society
  • Analyze and understand the human experience through the symbolic lens of communication

Courses

The minor includes three specific interdisciplinary groupings of coursework. The first category, Perceiving Self and Others, focuses on the communication patterns between people regarding issues of identity, sexuality, race and culture. Second is Oration & Performance, which focuses on the development of live presentation and performance skills emphasizing the importance of voice as a vital human ability. Finally, Mediated Communication explores the communicative roles and influences of the mass media and digital technologies on our modern societies.

Department of Media Arts

The Department of Media Arts also offers programs in film and videointegrated media and journalism, as well as minors in film studies and communication design.