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The HPU Department of Communication (DOC) seeks to create an integrated environment for the study and production of communication and media content.  We envision a mobile, interconnected, well-informed student body that interfaces with our institutional and faculty resources and assets to produce relevant and informed work.

The DOC develops global citizens who appreciate and understand how the local fits into the global, and vice versa.  Our students study how to communicate effectively, ethically, across multiple platforms and with people from diverse backgrounds.  DOC provides a rigorous curriculum in a stimulating environment that addresses the history, theories, mechanisms and techniques of communication. 

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Communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meaning in various contexts, cultures, channels and media. Known as “rhetoric” in the Western academic tradition, communication pedagogy has been an central concern of Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Asian, Indigenous and modern culture. Today, the study of communication embraces telecommunications, the Internet, e-commerce, mobile communications, global diplomacy, advertising, public relations, journalism, broadcasting, intercultural and interpersonal communication, as well as public speaking, semiotics, digital mechanisms and media studies.

At HPU's Department of Communication students prepare for graduate study and careers in a spectrum of communication industries. Built on a theoretical framework, students develop critical thinking and analytical ability. They also learn to frame and express their ideas logically, clearly, concisely, and dynamically through writing, the spoken word, still and moving images, text, and other "non-speaking" modalities.  Furthermore they learn techniques and mechanisms for decoding both the ubiquitous messages of our mediated environment and other culturally specific articulations. 

Program Objectives for the Department of Communication:

  • Students will recognize, understand and be able to apply basic communication theories.
    (This objective is the focus of COM 3000-Mass Media, COM 6000-Introduction to Communication Studies, and COM 3900-Communication Theory. Theories specific to disciplines such as advertising, or public relations, are explained in the introductory courses of each degree program.)
  • Students will develop the ability to apply communication principles in various practices.
    (Each discipline in the Department of Communication offers formats and techniques applicable to the practice of that form of communication.)
  • Students will demonstrate dynamic, effective, and persuasive oral communication skills.
    (This objective is developed throughout the program of study in all disciplines.)
  • Students will write clearly, concisely, correctly, and in an appropriate style for the communication objective.
    (Writing is stressed in all curriculum. A variety of written formats are presented in COM 3400-Professional Writing, COM 6400-Scholarly Communication, and courses specific to disciplines such as advertising, public relations, and journalism.)
  • Students will be able to employ appropriate research techniques and analyze, interpret, and present data effectively.
    (COM 3250-Communication Research and COM 6050-Research Methods and Materials focus on these skills. Courses specific to the disciplines develop research skills, and present methods and materials, appropriate to each field.)
  • Students will demonstrate an appreciation of the global diversity of communication and its impact in the world.
    (All courses in the communication curriculum offer an international perspective.)