Communication Major

George Fox's communication arts major integrates Christian values in the discipline.

Human communication, public relations, communication in organizations, media studies. These are among the subjects you may study as a communication major at George Fox University.

We take an interdisciplinary approach to communication, so you’ll study in a series of integrated courses that cover a wide range of topics in the field. The result: a marketable skill set that prepares you for a career in communication – whether that be in public relations, human resources, event planning and coordination, law, social media management, or any number of professions that value an effective communicator. And you’ll study in a Christian college environment that integrates faith with learning.

George Fox communication majors have landed positions in digital marketing and analysis, social media management, development and events coordination, and program management. They’ve worked at organizations ranging from Disney and the Refugee Women’s Alliance to Arizona Christian University, Anthropologie, Intel and Bob’s Red Mill.

Several of our graduates have worked internationally – in locales such as Romania, Indonesia and China – while others have completed masters degrees in communication fields.

 

Choose from three concentrations:

Students in the human communication concentration study the relationship between the theories of communication and everyday communication interactions and problem solving. Course work will prepare students for leadership and management positions, and work in nonprofit organizations, politics, human resources, various ministry and parachurch organizations, and other fields related to communications.

The organizational communication concentration is the ideal fit for someone interested in the fields of human resources, organizational development, event planning and coordination, consulting, promotions, fundraising or customer service. Within the concentration you will take communication courses that are particularly useful in organizational settings. These are combined with business and marketing or management classes, giving you a balanced education that will prepare you for any number of career choices.


Request more information about the communication major at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Communication majors at George Fox study at a top Christian college.

Careers in communication are expected to continue to grow at a steady rate over the next decade. This is projected result in the creation of over 40,000 new jobs within the field. Employers are looking for college graduates who are creative and familiar with the changing media landscape. As of 2017, the average salary for jobs in communication is $56,340.

 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for public relations specialists will grow 9 percent between 2016 and 2026.

  • Director of Human Resources, The Allison Inn
  • Vice President of Marketing, Oregon Mutual Insurance
  • Vice President of Creative Services, Graystone Media
  • News Content Manager, King 5 Media Group
  • Director of Public Relations, CLEARLINK
  • Communication Coach, Distinction Communication
  • Admissions Counselor, George Fox University
  • Residence Life Director, Seattle Pacific University
  • Director of Human Resources, Bob’s Red Mill
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  • Gonzaga University
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • University of Georgia
  • Pepperdine University
  • Baylor University
  • Arizona State University
  • Social Media Manager/Intern, Oregon Right to Life
  • Admissions Intern, George Fox University
  • Public Relations Intern, WE Communications
  • Event Planner, Newberg Christian Church
  • Invited Student Research Panelist, Northwest Communication Association
  • Student Communication Coaching, Newberg Public Schools

Student Experiences

Ashlie Hernandez

“The best thing I received from getting a degree in communication at George Fox is the toolbox full of lessons and skills for everyday life. While I use my skills professionally, the interpersonal tools I use in my everyday interaction have helped so much. I am so grateful for what I learned from my professors and peers while part of this program!”

- Ashlie Hernandez
Class of 2018

Noble Murray "As an organizational communication graduate, I’ve been given language to understand and explain the phenomena of everyday life. While I developed my academic and vocational knowledge through the exploration of communication theories and practices, I was immersed in real-world examples of my day-to-day life. The applicability of this degree has given me a leg up in my career path, as I can apply learned concepts to any business setting, valuing the story of an individual while supporting a team through meaningful and efficient communication."

- Noble Murray
Class of 2018

Points of Distinction

  • Small class sizes provide one-on-one attention to aid students in success.
  • Field experience opportunities give students the chance to use what they have learned in the classroom before graduation.
  • Multiple tracks give students the chance to specialize their skills and knowledge.
  • Professors and instructors are able to provide industry knowledge from their own hands-on experiences.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.