Welcome

The Department of Communication Studies, housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, offers three distinct undergraduate degrees in Communication Studies, Journalism, and Public Relations, and three minors. The department runs two nationally award-winning student publications, The Clause newspaper and Collide magazine. It also has a campus radio station, KAPU; visual media unit, Capture; and an internationally ranked Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team.

The department also hosts the annual IMPACT Conference each spring, which brings students, alumni, and faculty together to experience scholarship through reflective thinking and advancement in topics related to communication, journalism, and public relations. Learn more about the IMPACT Conference.

Learn more about the department and our faculty.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

News & Features

  • APU Hosts Race Matters in College Seminar

    The Department of Higher Education welcomed Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D., professor in the Graduate School of Education, as the featured speaker of the Critical Issues in Higher Education seminar in late summer.

  • Anatomy of a Learner

    Sarah O’Dell ’16 is an academic, who loves to learn. She loves the process of becoming broadly educated and believes it is connected to her calling. Her proficiency in research led to acceptance into MD/Ph.D. programs with still more interviews.

  • Film Students on Set Learn 'Reel' World Skills

    “The idea just came to me,” said Lauren Meyering, ’17, cinematic arts major and director/writer of Foolish Smarts and How to Lose Them, a student film produced as one of APU’s senior capstone projects in the Department of Cinematic Arts.