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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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The BA in Communication is based on a thorough examination of how we use language in a variety of specific social contexts. By critically considering how meaning is negotiated in health, environmental and business/nonprofit settings, students will appreciate the complexity of coordinating our actions.

By working in diverse small and large groups, making presentations, and using a variety of channels - from face-to-face to telephone, email to internet, students who complete the program will be prepared to take responsibility for their interactions within their communities and the workplace of their choosing.


Major career opportunities include environmental advocacy, nonprofit and business management, and health services. Additional employment avenues include: mediation, counseling, public affairs, government, entrepreneurship, sales, community relations, employee relations, teaching, consulting, event planning, media entertainment, law, international relations, social and human services, advertising, journalism, marketing, public relations. Students may also pursue graduate studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

After having completed the requirements for the degree, students will be able to:

  1. Create and analyze both oral and written messages;
  2. Collaborate with others in culturally diverse groups;
  3. Analyze and create solutions to interpersonal, organizational, and community conflict;
  4. Apply communication theory to specific content areas of health, environmental, or organizational settings;
  5. Evaluate and explain human communication processes by using a variety of research methods;
  6. Apply communication competencies in a community engagement/service learning environment.


Nancy Chen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Bell Tower West, Room 1178
(805) 437-3956

Tracylee Clarke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication and
Bell Tower West, Room 1164
(805) 437-3305

J. Jacob Jenkins, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Bell Tower West, Room 1275
(805) 437-3772

Christina M. Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Chair of Communication
Bell Tower West, Room 1215
(805) 437-3762



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