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Learn more about earning your degree in Communication and Media

Fostering the practice and study of communication to inform and transform society for the better

BA and Minor in Communication and Media, with three specializations

We promote the study of communication and the arts of persuasion, community-building, and journalistic reporting that contribute to the Greek ideal of the "agora" as the center of a democratic, diverse society.

We pursue this mission by encouraging:

  • Passion to use communication as a powerful tool in the promotion of justice in our world
  • Perception in effectively interpreting and understanding communication situations and challenges
  • Performance in being able to prepare and present effective, responsible messages

We envision a world where communication is founded on respect for individual autonomy and equality, and where such communication contributes to self-realization, self-determination, and democracy.

Our major prepares you for a diverse range of careers, including in journalism, politics, environment, public relations, non-profits, health, human resources, the law, politics, media, sports, academia, and entrepreneurship. Using active learning methods, courses are designed to teach you about the role of communication in society and provide you with experience in developing your oral, written, visual, and digital communication skills. Internships are a key part of your education, with opportunities at PR agencies, news outlets, arts organizations, political, legal and social justice advocacy organizations, non-profits and other organizations across Seattle.

You must choose a specialization, but the flexibility built into the curriculum allows you also double- or triple-specialize, and your educational plan accommodates it.


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Communications Studies

This specialization engages students in active learning about communication in a variety of contexts. You learn effective ways to communicate with each other, about differing cultural contexts, and persuasive advocacy.

Potential careers: Consulting, Politics, Diplomacy, Advocacy, Law, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship, Writing, Media and Digital Communication

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Strategic Communication

This track introduces you to an integrated approach to managing all communications functions, including the underlying theoretical frameworks, innovative industry practices and influential role of communication in global and local organizations.

Potential careers: Public Relations, Social Media, Advertising, Nonprofit Management

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Develop your skills to gather and disseminate stories through the media, using reporting, writing, visual and digital skills. Emphasis is placed on reporting for social change and developing an entrepreneurial approach to media content creation.

Potential careers: Entertainment, Broadcasting, News Reporting, Digital Media

What My SU Communication Degree Has Done For Me

Nick McCarvel

On a trip to New York City during his junior year at Seattle U, Nick McCarvel walked into the office of Tennis Magazine and asked about an internship. Eight years after graduating with a degree in journalism, McCarvel was covering major sporting events of all types on every continent. “Journalism continues to change as the digital landscape expands, but the skills remain the same. Professor Sonora Jha was a guiding light. Thanks to her and the journalism faculty I got the foundation to get me where I am today.”

Faculty Spotlights

Caitlin Ring Carlson, PhD

Professionally, Dr. Carlson comes to academia with a background in public relations. She has six years of agency and non-profit experience as an account executive, account manager and director of communications. Her primary research interests are in media law and policy as they pertain to new media, freedom of expression and social justice. Her current work focuses on hate speech in social media.

Communication Instructor Victor Evans
Victor Evans, PhD

Prior to teaching, Dr. Evans was an entertainment journalist, working with many organizations in both New York and Los Angeles, including Entertainment Weekly, People, MTV, Guest Informant and BET. He also worked as an entertainment producer for Headline News at CNN in Atlanta. Dr. Evans is also a documentary filmmaker whose production company, CrossRoads Productions, creates media literacy videos to educate adolescents on various multicultural issues.

  • Ranked in Top 15%

    Ranked in Top 15%

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  • Top 15% Highest Paid

    Top 15% Highest Paid

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  • Top 15% Most Focused

    Top 15% Most Focused

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