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Students majoring in Communication Studies at University of Puget Sound examine the human, social, political, institutional, and mediated dimensions of human communication practices and processes.


In every course in the Communication Studies program at University of Puget Sound, students learn how these communication practices and processes construct and reconstruct meanings, enable and constrain social interaction, and interact with institutional structures and cultural, historical, and political forces.

Students choosing a major in Communication Studies develop analytic and interpretive skills that enhance their capacity for critical thinking, intellectual curiosity about human communication, and proficiency in basic critical/interpretive and social science methods of communication research.


Click on any of the career areas below to see a description of the career field, examples of specific jobs in that field, and courses to prepare for that field. 

Career Fields in Communication 

  • Advertising
  • Communication Education
  • Electronic Media, Radio and TV/Broadcasting
  • Government/Politics
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Organizational Communication
  • Introduction to Media Studies: Governmentality and Torture
  • Introduction to American Civic Rhetoric
  • Introduction to Critical Issues in Public Culture: Democracy and Identity in US Public 
  • Introduction to Online Communication
  • Communication Theory
  • Introduction to Communication Criticism
  • Health Communication Campaigns
  • Film Culture
  • Forensics
  • Supervised Research

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Member Questions and Writing Supplement
  • Early Decision Agreement
  • Common Application
  • School Report and Transcript
  • Counselor and Teacher Evaluation
  • Standardized Tests
  • Interviews
  • International Student Financial Statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    49510 USD/year
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  • National

    49510 USD/year
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Living costs for Tacoma

  • 1000 - 1580 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • Dr. Russell Brooks Butler Barber Scholarship
  • The Gary L. Peterson Endowed Scholarship
  • Lambda Pi Eta Book Scholarship
  • Forensics Scholarship

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.