Communication studies at Saint Martin's University is an interdisciplinary program that uses critical and cultural studies to understand the central role of communication in society, with a focus on social justice.

Program Highlights

  • What to expect at Saint Martin's

    The Communication Studies Program is a distinct program set in a unique location. Our program focuses on social justice and critical cultural theory, developing critical thinkers who are also engaged citizens. It is a perfect fit for students with diverse talents and interests.

    Students have access to a rich cultural environment that is also a hub of civic activity. Saint Martin's University is located in a thriving arts community and a stone’s throw away from the state capitol. The Lacey-Olympia-Tumwater area boasts a film society, community television and radio stations, recording studios, live theater, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, the state legislature and a deep tradition of activism and originality.

    Shaped by the Benedictine values of stewardship, community and listening with the ear of the heart, the Communication Studies Program utilizes accessible media technologies such as cloud computing, mobile devices and social media, citizen journalism and digital media production to encourage creativity and build a solid foundation for a wide array of professional endeavors.

  • Career paths

    Communication studies prepares students for careers in a wide range of fields, from public relations and advertising to media arts production to work in the public sector and more. Students may also continue to further their studies in graduate school, specializing in the humanities, social sciences, public relations, digital media, or filmmaking. This major offers the opportunity to pursue a production-focused or more theoretically oriented course of study and it is designed to provide a well-rounded understanding of the field of communication.

    For a complete list of professional applications, visit "What Can I Do With This Major?". For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Requirements

Major

  • 40-46 semester hours of CORE requirements
  • 9 semester hours of Lower-Division courses
  • 34 semester hours of Upper-Division courses
  • Upper-Division and Elective courses (34 semester hours)

    Required course(s):

    COM 300Media Production
    COM 320Media and Culture
    COM 390Internship
    COM 499Capstone Project

    21 additional credits are required from the list of approved electives, 18 of which must be upper division.

    Elective courses:

    Remaining semester hours chosen from:COM 340 International Communications
    COM 360 Communication Law and Policy
    COM 380 Copy Editing and Design
    COM 385 Conflict and Peace Studies
    COM 395 Special Topics
    COM 396 Intercultural Communication
    COM 397 Directed Study
    COM 398 Media History
    COM 399 Communication Theory
    COM 401 Community Media Lab
    COM 299/WRT 299 Introduction to Journalism
    COM 302/WRT 302 Advanced Journalism
    COM 303/WRT 303 Digital Journalism
    COM 307/THR 307 Studies in Film
    COM 317/ENG 317 Language and Culture
    PHL 301 Ethics
    PSY 320 Social Psychology
    SJ 370/ SOC 370 Social Action
    SOC 396 Intercultural Communication
    SOC 450 Advanced Research Methods
    COM 103 Interpersonal Communication
    COM 106 Public Address
    MUS 110 Applied Lessons
    THR 302 Playwriting
    THR 402 Playwriting
    WRT 306 Professional and Academic Writing

     

Minor

  • 6 semester hours of Lower-Division courses
  • 19 semester hours of Upper-Division and Elective courses
  • Upper-Division and Elective courses (19 semester hours)

    Required course(s):

    COM 300Media Production
    COM 320Media and Culture

    12 additional credits are required from the list of approved electives, 9 of which must be upper division.

     Elective courses:

    Remaining semester hours chosen from:COM 340 International Communications
    COM 360 Communication Law and Policy
    COM 380 Copy Editing and Design
    COM 385 Conflict and Peace Studies
    COM 395 Special Topics
    COM 396 Intercultural Communication
    COM 397 Directed Study
    COM 398 Media History
    COM 399 Communication Theory
    COM 401 Community Media Lab
    COM 299/WRT 299 Introduction to Journalism
    COM 302/WRT 302 Advanced Journalism
    COM 303/WRT 303 Digital Journalism
    COM 307/THR 307 Studies in Film
    COM 317/ENG 317 Language and Culture
    PHL 301 Ethics
    PSY 320 Social Psychology
    SJ 370/ SOC 370 Social Action
    SOC 396 Intercultural Communication
    SOC 450 Advanced Research Methods
    COM 103 Interpersonal Communication
    COM 106 Public Address
    MUS 110 Applied Lessons
    THR 302 Playwriting
    THR 402 Playwriting
    WRT 306 Professional and Academic Writing

     

Goals for the communication studies major

Communication Studies students at Saint Martin's

Hearing what isn't said

"The goal of communication studies at Saint Martin’s is to encourage students to become responsible leaders, engaged citizens [who seek] ... social justice on a scale beyond themselves."

Irina Gendelman College of Arts & Sciences Professor of Communications

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