The faculty members of the Department of Communication recognize that communication, on both the personal and social levels, is the foundation of human interaction. Our mission is to understand ourselves and our world more fully by returning again and again to those linguistic forms which have continually shaped and reshaped us, which define and limit us and then wonderfully set us free—recast in new forms. We take language seriously as a tool of self- and social-understanding, as a means of entry into the life and responsibilities of the adult, the church member, and the citizen, and as a means to professional advancement, yet not so seriously as to overlook the important roles language plays in recreation and entertainment. Finally, the department emphasizes the importance of a liberal arts education with a firmly grounded knowledge of the communication process to prepare students for graduate education and for success in a wide variety of occupations.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Communication Department has four core learning outcomes for all majors. Students graduating should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the theory and practice of communication.
  2. Analyze the influence of various communication tools on different audiences.
  3. Write effective messages for different audiences.
  4. Deliver effective presentations for different audiences.

Additionally, students with the Media Studies emphasis should be able to:

  • Articulate and produce messages through the use of visual and digital media.
  • Analyze the construction and impact of visual and digital media.

Students with the Public Relations emphasis should be able to:

  • Demonstrate communication knowledge and skills to create, enhance and maintain credibility and trust.
  • Write, communicate and present materials appropriate to the practice of public relations.

Students with the Strategic Communication emphasis should be able to:

  • Understand communication theories and research methods.
  • Effectively gather and analyze data to provide productive communication outcomes.

Letter from the Department Chair

We welcome your interest in the Department of Communication at La Sierra University. Our department promotes a blend of curiosity, knowledge, and appreciation for human communication to understand and exchange messages that create meaning fundamental to intellectual inquiry.

Our academic programs lead to a bachelor of arts degree in Communication (designed to prepare students to go on to professional or graduate school, or to seek employment and become contributing members to society).

I invite you to explore this website to learn more about our programs, faculty, department news and events. You are welcome to visit us here in sunny Southern California. If you have any questions about La Sierra’s Communication program, please send us an email at:

We look forward to hearing from you.

Mary Wilson, Chair

Dr. Mary Wilson
Department Chair

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