where academic investigation +
christian faith +
service to others unite

The La Sierra University Advantage

  1. Experience dynamic internships and learn what it's like to be a communication professional.
  2. Develop the skills you will need for your future occupation.
  3. Enroll in fun classes like Edutainment, Newswriting, Advanced Public Speaking, and Small Group Communication.
  4. Attend and present at local and national communication conferences. Start building your network!
  5. Visit special exhibits at the Annenberg Space for Photography, the Skirball Center, the Los Angeles Times, and seminars on Journalism.
  6. Participate in small classes, an enriched learning experience, where everyone is known by their name - not by a number
  7. Receive personalized letters of recommendation for your job applications and interviews.
  8. Study in a university located near a national hub for communications professionals.

All organizations need people who excel in the art of communicating. Learn the skill of effective communication and prepare to enter one of the largest and most diverse fields today.

We offer the following:


  • Communication (32 Units)

Employment Outlook

People with degrees in communication work in a wide range of occupations: advertising, education, healthcare, human resources, marketing, organizational consulting, motivational speaking, performing arts/drama, public relations, newspaper, radio, television, film, sports promotion, politics, campaign management, and pharmaceutical sales. Depending on the occupation, we encourage students to combine Communication with a second major to prepare for careers in areas such as law, politics, science, education, business, management, and marketing.

Why Study Communication?

Almost everything we know or learn is acquired through communication. The information gained and shared through communication forms the “atmosphere” of our cultures. How we communicate determines how we see each other and ourselves. For all these reasons and more, we study communication.

Communication builds relationships between people. It is about empowering, influencing, and connecting with others; bringing more voices into the conversation.

Communication Undergraduate Programs

Public Relations Bachelor of Arts

Communications has a huge impact on the organization-stakeholder relationship. Learn to manage the spread of information, respond to and address the public's concern, and promote organizations.

Some classes you will take: Fundamentals of Speech, Visual Communication Design, and Public Relations Marketing and Development.

Fast Facts PUblic Relations Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units80

With a communications degree, I am able to explore so many different aspects of media, from research, to writing, and even working behind the camera.

felicia tonga, communication alumna
winner, sonscreen film festival

Hear it. See it. Believe it.

While taking Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication, I gave a speech at least once a week. Now I am completely comfortable speaking in front of crowds, and I enjoy giving speeches and presentations.

Jordan Harris, Student

Media Studies Bachelor of Arts

Discover how mass media - both traditional and new - address emerging issues using visual and digital media.

Some classes you will take: Introduction to TV and Film Production, Writing for Digital Media, and Short Scriptwriting.

Strategic Communication Bachelor of Arts

Explore how organizations and individuals use communication to negotiate their roles in society. This program examines the applied and theoretical aspects of interpersonal, mass, organizational, small group, and speech communication.

Some classes you will take: Persuasion and Rhetoric, Intercultural Communication, and Edutainment.

Fast Facts Media Studies Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units80

Fast Facts Strategic Communication Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units80

Meet our Faculty

Mary E. Wilson
T. Lynn Caldwell
Melissa Ann Tafoya
Stephen Shelton

Paying for College

The Student Financial Services office is here to help with financial aid processes. The staff also keeps up to date on scholarships that could benefit La Sierra students.

Choosing Classes

First-year students meet with their academic coach/advisor each week for their first two quarters. Then they are assigned an advisor from their major department who will help them choose the classes they need to complete their program.

Beyond Class

A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Life is headquarters for student government, activities, organizations, spiritual life, and much more to enhance your college experience.

Career Center

We want you to find a good job after you finish your degree at La Sierra. A new Career Center, located in the Zapara School of Business, is expected to open before the end of fall quarter.

University Studies

All undergraduate students at La Sierra University participate in a comprehensive general education curriculum called University Studies, which is rooted in the concept of liberal education as a formative and transformative process. University Studies offers an integrated curriculum that:

  • stimulates the meaning-centered development of its students.
  • familiarizes students with the various academic disciplines.
  • exposes students to intercultural, international and inter-ethnic concerns.
  • encourages students to recognize the importance of developing a personal value system to distinguish between right and wrong.

Contact and Location


Gladwyn Hall, Room 113