College of Arts and Sciences
Strategic Communications

Strategic Communications

  • Degrees offered: BA, minor

    Strategic Communications is a professionally oriented curriculum that converges public relations with reputation management and brand communications. Students develop practical skills through case studies, simulations, internships and real-world consulting projects. Special emphasis is placed on preparing students to lead projects for social change in their communities. The major is complemented by the Center for Strategic Communications, which oversees a student-run consultancy committed to helping values-driven organizations. Members of the student agency engage and service real world clients to achieve specific communication goals. Students can help fight family homelessness and participate in other advocacy projects supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and more.

    The center functions as a laboratory for strategic communications and other majors to practice their craft in service to nonprofit community organizations. Through our projects, the Center has developed a reputation as a trusted partner to many service providers and other stakeholders in the community. Our projects empower the university and larger community to work together on social justice issues. Graduates from this major go on to careers in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Recent graduates work for leading PR agencies and in organizations ranging from Microsoft and to Habitat for Humanity.

    The center is part of the Seattle University Communication Department.


  • News and Events

    Finding Poetry In the News!

    Monday, April 27, 2015 6:30-8:30pm, Pigott Auditorium

    Jeffrey Brown

    Jeffrey Brown, Senior Correspondent for PBS NewsHour, will read from his new poetry book, The News, at 6:30 pm on Monday 4/27 in Pigott Auditorium. This event will also feature a discussion between Jeffrey Brown, Dr. Sonora Jha (Communication) and Dr. Susan Meyers (English), as well as members of the Copper Canyon publishing board, on the relationship between news, journalism, and literature.


    Faculty, Students Delve into Pop Culture, featuring Professor Chris Paul and students Kathryn Smith (Strategic Communications major) and Anina Walas (Communication and Psychology major). Read the article here

    Alumni News: Alaska Airlines names Shaunta Hyde, class of 1992 Journalism major, managing director of community relations. More here.