Department of Communication


HPU is known for its diverse student body with international, mainland and local students on campus. Having a variety of students from over a 100 countries and from all 50 U.S states, allows global perspectives to enter the classrooms.  


Located in the heart of Hawaii’s downtown business sector, Hawaii Pacific University’s Department of Communication provides its communication students with essential skills that they will need in the work field by offering a wide range of undergraduate communication concentrations:


Advertising/Public Relations



  •             Broadcast
  •             Design
  •             Photojournalism
  •             Print


  •             Digital Media
  •             Media Studies
  •             Video Production
  •             Web Design

Public Relations

HPU also offers a Master of Arts in Communication for those who want to continue their higher education by learning integrating skills, theory, and knowledge in communication.

The Princeton Review  lists HPU as one of the 122 best western colleges in the United States, while U.S.News & World Report’s  ranks HPU as one of “America’s Best Colleges,” and ranks HPU’s graduate programs at the top tier of the best western regional universities, ranked number 57.


HPU has an experienced staff, having both professional and academic credentials. The student-teacher ratio at HPU is 16:1, allowing students to develop a closer relationship with their teachers and allowing students to have access to their teachers.


HPU’s  Department of Communication  has a variety of extra curricular activities that help students build social and professional networks:

Akamai Advertising: is HPU’s  a student chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Members of Akamai Advertising compete annually at numerous competitions like the National Student Advertising Competition. Students are also able to have the opportunity to listen to speakers and touches bases with all sorts of media outlets that range from television stations to printing companies.  

The Debate Society & Toastmasters International: both clubs helps students gain and perfect their public speaking skills and have even won local and regional awards.

Press Club: is an organization that reaches out into the local media community by doing community services, field trips, and special events, along with professional journalists as speakers throughout the year.  

Communication Internships: are highly encouraged at HPU, helping students gain first hand experience in the work field while receiving college credit and some internships may pay a stipend.


Kalamalama: The University’s student newspaper that allows students to have their voice heard. Students are able to write, design and produce the student newspaper.

Eta Tau Chapter of Lamba Pi Eta: a national communication honor society that recognizes outstanding students majoring within the communication department. When initiated, members are granted a lifetime membership.

The Public Relations Society of America: is a chapter that helps student build relationships with students and professional public relation practitioners. The student society aims to prepare students for public relations work field by teaching current theories and procedures, and by providing local networking.

International Association of Business Communicators: also known as the IABC, gives students the opportunity to network globally and provides students with opportunities to participate in professional workshops, field trips and are also able to listen to guest speakers.