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Communication: International Communication

Communication, BA, Concentration: International Communication

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Program Intro

Do you want to work in media production for a worldwide agency or global company? Do you enjoy cultural diversity and sharing intercultural experiences with people from other nations? Earning a BA in International Communication at PNW can prepare you for these exciting career opportunities and more.

Department of Communication and Creative Arts

Study with professors who are researching, teaching, and presenting internationally as well as collaborating with professionals from around the world.

Curriculum Overview

The International Communication concentration includes core classes in media and culture, globalization and development, political economy, media theories, and intercultural communication techniques.

Start with a foundation in communication essentials like speech, media and culture, and broadcast news production.

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Sample Courses

  • COM 11400 – Fundamentals of Speech
  • COM 23600 – Media and Culture
  • COM 24200 – Broadcast News

Develop your expertise with courses that explore theory, politics and globalization.

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Sample Courses

  • COM 21400 – Comparative Theories of Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 30101 – Political Economy of Media
  • COM 30102 – Media Globalization and Development

Dive deeper into this specialization with advanced studies in communication for audiences around the world. You can also complete an internship in year three.

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Sample Courses

  • COM 32700 – International Communication
  • COM 33000 – Media Theories
  • COM 35000 – Intercultural Communication

Complete your training with special topics in interpersonal communication, organizational communication or mass communication. You may also complete an internship this year.

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Sample Courses

  • COM 21200 – Approaches to the Study of Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 32400 – Introduction to Organizational Communication


This program combines communication theory and research with practical projects that emphasize critical thinking and writing. You’ll gain versatile, globally informed interpersonal and public speaking skills.

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In this program, you’ll develop skills that set you apart in the fields of foreign service, crisis situations, social advocacy or intercultural communication. You also might become an influencer in media, politics, health or marketing. Regardless of your path, you will learn to create and share messages that traverse geographical and social divides.


There are multiple scholarships available to students in this program, including:

For more information, contact academic advisor Rhonda Nemri.

Beyond the Classroom

We encourage International Communications students to join student groups like the Union for Democratic Communication.

Career Paths

This program prepares you for a number of career paths that might include:

  • Non-for-profit professional
  • Educator
  • Journalist

Meet the Faculty

Lee Artz

Lee Artz, Ph.D.

Professor, Media Studies

Lee Artz is a professor of media studies and the director of the department of communications. He is also the Center for Global Studies representative and serves on the faculty senate editorial boards of capitalism, communication, critique and democratic communique.

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