Welcome to the Department of Communication at University of the Pacific. We pride ourselves on offering both the classical courses associated with the discipline and those that reflect contemporary developments in the field.

The communication major is designed to encompass a balance of communication theory and application courses. Fundamental skill-building courses are the foundation of the major program, so that students work toward the improvement of their communication competencies while increasing their knowledge and experience in preparation for communication professions.

The faculty in our department have expertise in a wide range of specialties, exposing students to all aspects of the communication field.

Communication students have numerous opportunities to learn and refine their craft outside of the classroom.

Please visit the General Catalog for coursework.


It's no exaggeration to say that Pacific's Speech and Debate team is the stuff of forensics legends. Since 1854, Pacific Speech and Debate has established itself as a leader in the discipline and produced legendary thinkers and orators that include former solicitor general and renowned lawyer Theodore (Ted) Olson. Currently led by Professor Steven Kalani Farias, Pacific Speech and Debate continues to uphold the legacy of excellence that has long been the team's hallmark.

Internships and practica are an important adjunct to learning. These experiences are available both on and off campus in the areas of radio, television, public relations, journalism, organizational communication and forensics (speech and debate), and social media. 

Our department offers students the chance to hone their craft through hands-on experience in television, radio and print media. We also offer courses on social media and digital platforms, and are constantly seeking new ways to train and prepare our students for the future of communication.

Please see the General Catalog for coursework.

Contact Us

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Department of Communication

3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211