By enrolling in the Communication bachelor's degree program you will engage with fellow students who are keenly interested in understanding more about how we use language in a variety of specific social contexts: the Environment, Healthcare and Business/Nonprofit.

Coordinating our actions with others can be challenging and this degree will enhance your communication skills. 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 – you will become prepared to take responsibility for interactions within your community and the workplace of your choosing.

All courses focus on cultural communication and take a language and social interaction perspective. The foundational courses give students background in communication theory and practice and the upper division courses demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary studies within the three areas of emphasis: environment, health and business/nonprofit.

Current Students

Major Brochure (PDF, 210 KB)

Log onto our Blackboard site for Communication Majors to find out our current course schedule, internships and job opportunities.
If you do not yet have access to our site, contact Prof. Tracylee Clark.


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, training, consulting, event planning, media entertainment, law, international relations, social and human services, advertising, journalism, marketing, and public relations.

Program Learning Outcomes

After having completed the requirements for the degree, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate effective collaboration skills with others in one-on-one and small/large group settings, and with audiences of diverse memberships;
  • Identify an optimal means to communicate depending upon the audience, situation and by understanding the relevance, limitations and effectiveness of different communication technologies and medium.
  • Analyze messages critically for content, purpose, organization, argument, style and meaning;
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and create solutions to interpersonal, organizational, and community conflict;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication; and
  • Differentiate ethical dimensions of health, environmental or organizational messages and estimate their impact upon a given community.


To learn more about the discipline of Communication, visit our professional societies:
National Communication Association
International Communication Association
Association for Business Communication
Environmental Communication Network
Western States Communication Association


Tracylee Clarke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Chair of Communication

Bell Tower West 1164
(805) 437-3305

Carmen Delgado Krebs

Academic Program Analyst

Bell Tower West 1199
(805) 437-3272