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Communication, which is predominantly mediated by technology, is foundational to all forms of human interaction. From successfully developing interpersonal relationships to skillfully managing an organization to critically understanding the world around us, strong verbal and written communication skills are an absolute must.

We have curated an undergraduate program – focused on critical analysis and experiential learning – that is designed to provide students a space in which to strengthen their communication skills in a variety of ways, from public speaking to media production.

Ultimately, our major is grounded in an interdisciplinary fusion of communication theory and media studies and will properly prepare students to thrive in our continuously evolving, media-centered society – academically, personally, and professionally.


Full-Time students receive some form of aid


Student to faculty ratio


Financial aid awarded annually by GCU

Over $23k

Average awarded annually per undergraduate student

Top 20%

Overall mobility index

To earn this degree, students must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including General Education requirements and the major requirements below.

To remain in good academic standing, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average in the major of at least 2.5 or higher, which is also the requirement for graduation.

Major Sequence

Includes 27 credits from the required core courses and a total of 15 credits from the student’s chosen concentration area of Journalism & Public Relations or Media & Visual Studies:

Core Courses
CM100Fundamentals of Communication3.0
CM101Introduction to Mass Communication3.0
CM105Public Speaking3.0
CM217Media Production 13.0
CM305Media Law & Ethics3.0
CM310Interpersonal Communication3.0
CM401Communication Theory3.0
CM404Communication Research3.0
CM405Communication Internship3.0
Select one concentration:15.0
Journalism & Public Relations
Media & Visual Studies
Total Credits42.0

Communication majors may not use CM217 to fulfill the Visual & Performing Arts General Education category.


Students must complete 15 credits total from one chosen concentration area. 

Journalism & Public relations 

Select 15 credits from the following:15.0
News Writing & Reporting
News Editing
Introduction to Public Relations
Writing for the Mass Media
Writing on the Web
Organizational Communication
Public Relations Writing
Advanced Media Production
Special Topics
Total Credits15.0

Media & Visual Studies

Select 15 credits from the following:15.0
Visual Communication
Transmedia Storytelling
The Art of Film
Women in Film
Writing About Television
Intercultural Communication
Mass Media & Social Issues
Advanced Media Production
Special Topics
Total Credits15.0

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Boost your writing, speaking, and media skills with a minor in communication from GCU. This focus complements a wide variety of majors and positions graduates for career success in a variety of professional settings.

Minor Sequence

To earn a minor in Communication, students must successfully complete a minimum of 18 credits including:

CM100Fundamentals of Communication3.0
CM101Introduction to Mass Communication3.0
CM105Public Speaking3.0
Any nine additional credits of CM courses9.0
Total Credits18.0

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

  1. When you’re ready to pursue an internship, please meet with your academic advisor to gain an understanding of the internship process and requirements. Once you have found and secured a professional internship related to your major, be sure to let your advisor know specific details, as you will need to receive program approval prior to beginning the internship.
  1. Upon receiving approval from your academic advisor, you must then reach out to the Internship Coordinator for the School of Business and Digital Media (SBDM) to schedule an appointment and discuss the appropriate next steps.
  1. After completing the two steps above, you will fill out the Internship Registration and Contract online, per below:
        1. If this is your first time signing in, enter your GCU password and select “Activate” account to complete your profile and create a College Central password.
        2. If you have already set up a College Central profile, sign in using your GCU username and the College Central password you created for this account (not your GCU password).
  • Once logged on, select “Experiential Learning” from the action menu. Be sure it is for the Communications BA.
  • Complete the appropriate Approval Form online. Once approved, you will receive e-mail confirmation.
  1. Students register for the internship course by first requesting permission from SBDM’s Internship Coordinator, and then going back into Self-Service and completing the registration process.
    • Communication majors will register for CM405.
  1. During the internship, you should maintain a weekly journal of hours worked, tasks performed, and personal reflections. Regularly review your progress with the internship coordinator, as well as your employer.
  1. Toward the end of your internship and at least two weeks before the end of the semester, go back into CareerLink to submit the Internship Evaluation Form online.
  1. At the conclusion of the semester, you will prepare a PowerPoint presentation on your internship experience containing:
    • a detailed job description.
    • an overview of the organization.
    • an explanation of how you achieved each of your specific learning objectives.
    • a self-reflection on the impact of the internship on your career choice, goals, and plans.

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