Department of Communication

Q:

What can you do with a Communication Degree?

A:

Communication is sometimes referred to as an "umbrella degree", meaning that there are hundreds of different jobs for which the degree can prepare you including media sales at a television or radio station, writing for a magazine, or creating advertising messages. In addition to the spectrum of jobs specifically in communication fields, communication studies will help you succeed in other careers from teaching to management. Communication is also excellent preparation for further study in law or medicine. 

Q:

Will HPU help me get a job when I graduate?

A:

HPU has a wonderful facility known as the Career Service Center (CSC). All students have access to the CSC where they can receive assistance not only in job placement during and after college, but also interviewing skills, resume writing, and portfolio development.

Q:

How does HPU handle internships?

A:

There are two types of internships available to communication students at HPU. The first is through our Career Service Center and can only be taken as elective credit for communication students. These internships can be in any field of interest. The second, which is required in most communication majors, is the communication practicum which gives you real world experience as well as class credit.

Q:

I know HPU students come from all over the globe, but where do your faculty come from?

A:

HPU faculty hails from around the world. We are happy to have not only the United States represented but countries such as Egypt, Korea, New Zealand, Vietnam, Japan, India, and China to name a few.

Q:

How long will it take to get my degree?

A:

At HPU you can easily finish your B.A. in four years and your M.A. in two. Many students also take advantage of our full schedule during the summer months to finish their B.A. in as little as three years and M.A. in one and one-half.

Q:

Can I work full-time and attend HPU?

A:

Yes! Our university is designed for working people. Every class you need to get your degree will be offered at night or on the weekend at some point during your schooling. Of course this option does sometimes require extra planning to get all of the courses in but HPU's advisors understand working students needs and will assist you as much as possible.

Q:

What kind of connections do you have with the community?

A:

The Department of Communication has set up the Communication Advisory Council, which is made up of community leaders, HPU faculty, and students. This dynamic group of people allows us to link with the community in a variety of ways.

Q:

What's a normal course load like?

A:

It is recommended that an undergraduate take four courses per semester and graduate students are recommended to take three courses per semester.

Q:

Do you advocate hands-on learning?

A:

Yes. At HPU we pride ourselves on teaching not only theory but also practice. Through our majors you may be able to create your own web page, work with design layouts, direct a film, write a script, produce a newspaper or create an ad. The opportunities for hands on learning are boundless through the Department of Communication.

Q:

What types of degrees are available to me in the Department of Communication?

A:

The Department of Communication currently offers 5 Bachelor of Arts Degrees including advertising, journalism, public relations, and communication with an emphasis on visual communication or speech. We also offer a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree in corporate communication. We currently offer a Master of Communication as well.

Q:

With all the choices in the communication degree what should I choose as a major?

A:

You don't have to choose right away! COM 3000-Mass Media is a required course for all of the areas of study and it provides an overview of each field. We suggest that you take it early in your sophomore year so you will have plenty of time to take the other courses in sequence. Our communication practica course also gives you a chance to gain experience in more than one field if you so choose and may help in your decision.

Q:

How will I know what courses to take?

A:

HPU has an Advising Center of counselors who are there to help you figure that out!

Q:

Where do I go if I have more questions?

A:

Contact the Department of Communication with any further questions.

 

Hawai'i Pacific University
Department of Communication
1188 Fort Street Mall, Suite 333

Honolulu, HI 96813
U.S.A.

 

Phone: (808) 543-8044

Fax: (808) 544-0835