Jul 15, 2024  
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Communication Studies, BA

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham

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Department of Communication Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

60 credits


We focus on the centrality of human communication for understanding our relationships, our communities, and ourselves. Our teaching, scholarship, and service nurture inclusive discourse, critical thinking, and cooperative solutions in a diverse global community. We offer opportunities to develop communication skills and explore communication theories within a rigorous liberal arts program.

Why Consider a Communication Studies Major?

Communication competencies and critical cultural consciousness are essential for active participation in societies, as is the ability to think critically about the nature and purpose of communication, in all its forms, in our rapidly changing and increasingly interdependent world. In addition, employers in the private, public, and non-profit sectors highly value culturally sensitive and competent communication skills that reflect critical thinking. Communication Studies graduates therefore qualify for a wide variety of careers.

In this context, the Department of Communication Studies offers students the opportunity to develop competencies in speech, analytical writing, and collaborative teamwork. In addition, the department offers opportunities for students to develop their capacity to engage in critical thinking, to apply communication concepts, to understand methods for the generation of knowledge, and to reflect on the ethical dimensions of their actions.

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Jianglong Wang
Communications Facility 279

Communication Studies
Academic Advisement

Communications Facility 295

 Sample Careers

Consumer Affairs Specialist | Personnel Specialist | Public Relations Specialist | Promotions Manager | Recruiter | Mediator | Training and Development Specialist | Bank Officer | Real Estate Agent

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Before declaring a communication studies major, students must complete:

  • One of the following courses with a B- or better: COMM 101, COMM 224, COMM 225, COMM 228, COMM 230, COMM 235, COMM 240, COMM 244, COMM 260.
  • COMM 220 with a B- or better.
  • 60 WWU credits or approved transfer credits.

Please contact CommunicationStudiesAdvising@wwu.edu to ensure that you have met the criteria above for declaring a major in Communication Studies. Visit the department website at chss.wwu.edu/communication-studies/major-declaration for major declaration instructions.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.

Program Requirements

Departmental Honors

A communication major who wishes to graduate with honors in communication must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.75 at WWU.

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