Department of Communication and Theatre

"Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after" - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Communication encompasses nearly every aspect of human existence. It’s important when building and maintaining relationships  and in the business world, where good communication can lead to growth, efficiency and productivity. Simply put, communication is life.


PLNU offers a communications major and minor through its Department of Communications and Theater. As a multi-faceted major with a wide variety of career opportunities, it is one of the most popular majors at the university. Lower division requirements include courses on interpersonal and small group communication, journalism, and speech and debate. Upper division requirements focus on communication theories.

Communication majors also have the chance to choose one of two concentrations: societal communication and public address. Societal communication includes sociology, psychology, and business writing courses. The public address concentration focuses on oral communication and requires a practicum.

Special Features

  • Required internship with professional agencies, which may lead to job opportunities
  • Nationally-ranked speech and debate team
  • Study abroad program in London, England
  • Radio station KPLR-AM 620
  • TV station, Channel 23
  • Video production studio

Career Opportunities

  • Manager
  • Marketing or sales
  • Public relations
  • Media critic
  • Radio or TV personality
  • Consultant
  • Conflict mediation