Communication Studies Track

SPU Communication Majors in Class
Are you interested in learning to communicate with grace, vigor, and integrity? Do you have a passion to engage the culture and change the world through thoughtful and faithful use of your gifts as a communicator? The Communication Studies track of the Communication major provides you with opportunities to develop your communication skills, explore your values, and acquire techniques of insight and critical reasoning.


The Communication Studies track of Seattle Pacific’s Communication major is designed to prepare you for placement in the culture-shaping world of communication. If you decide to continue your studies beyond graduation, the Communication Studies track also serves as a strong framework for graduate school in any number of fields of study.

Additionally, the skills you will hone as a Communication major — self-knowledge, interpersonal communication, social interaction, presentation of self, personal discipline, risk-taking, cooperative group effort, sensitivity to others, and more — are important to many career applications besides those allied specifically with communication.

Major Courses and Degree Requirements

In general, if you are a Communication major in the Communication Studies track, you are required to fulfill the following requirements: 

  • Earn a minimum of 55 credits in Communication studies and applications, with a minimum of 28 upper-division credits.
  • Demonstrate a growing ability in communication criticism, artistic awareness, and personal communication skills.
  • Successfully complete a Senior Seminar.

View the Communication Studies track requirements.

Career Opportunities

Communication graduates from Seattle Pacific who pursue the Communication Studies track have pursued careers that include the following:

  • Art Director (Film, Radio, TV)
  • Banking
  • Beat Reporter
  • Blog Writer
  • Book Editor
  • Book Reviewer
  • Business Writer
  • Campaign Manager
  • Columnist
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate Communications Manager
  • Director of Photography
  • Editor
  • Employment Interviewer
  • Film Editor
  • Entertainer
  • Missionary
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Intercultural Communications Specialist
  • Investigative Journalist
  • Marketing Manager
  • News Analyst
  • Proofreader
  • Public Relations Specialist/Manager
  • Radio or Television Announcer
  • Recruiter
  • Reporter
  • Salesperson
  • Speechwriter
  • Sports Announcer
  • Telecommunications Specialist
  • Technical Writer
  • Theatre and Film Critic
  • Writer

Admission to the Major

To apply for a major in Communication, you must display a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in all your college work applicable to the degree, or 3.0 in the 45 credits immediately preceding your application for the major.

To apply, download the Major or Minor Application form (PDF). You are required to complete the major requirements in effect when admitted to the major.

Faculty Contact

William Purcell

Professor of Communication; Chair of Communication and Journalism
PhD, Indiana University

Phone: 206-281-2404
Office: Marston 208

Tod Rendleman

Why I Teach at SPU

Todd Rendleman, Professor of Communication

“Before his iconic role in Mad Men, Jon Hamm taught drama at John Burroughs High School in St. Louis. Before international stardom, Sting taught English, music, and soccer at St. Catherine's Convent School in Newcastle. Faye Dunaway says that if she hadn’t become an actress, she would have been a teacher. 

“Why do people who achieve the highest honors in their professions often think of themselves, at heart, as teachers? I think that on some level, they understand that teaching changes lives. I love teaching because it allows me to share my ideas with others — and to be changed through the exchange.”

Debbie Pope

Why I Teach at SPU

Debbie Pope, Assistant Professor of Communication

“I teach because one of my undergraduate theology professors, Dr. Stan Steward, modeled for me what it means to love your subject and teach it with passion. I teach because Dr. Truett Bobo taught me what it means to love God and think God’s thoughts after him — in other words, to do good theology. I teach because Dr. Bob Webber of Wheaton College Graduate School climbed a ladder one day in class and lectured for two hours atop it about the Early Church Fathers — and held us captive the entire time. I teach because from these great professors I discovered that learning is magical. It transforms us into our best selves.”