• The human, social, political, institutional, and mediated dimensions of human communication practices and processes
  • How communication practices and processes construct meaning, enable and constrain social interaction, and interact with institutional structures and cultural, historical, and political forces


  • Healthcare educator
  • Attorney
  • Film editor/producer
  • Human resources specialist
  • Social media manager
  • Public relations manager
  • Professor, teacher, administrator
  • Political consultant, speech writer


What kind of communication leads to relational satisfaction? How has social media shaped how we interact and understand the world around us? How are political issues rhetorically constructed in our cultural discourses? How do television, film, and other media influence how we think about concepts such as power, gender, and race?

Communication studies is a unique discipline with many specialty areas. At Puget Sound, students are exposed to a variety of approaches to the study of human communication, including interpersonal, family, health, organizational, technologically mediated, political and legal, rhetorical, film and media, and critical cultural studies. Students can concentrate on areas that most interest them. Communication knowledge and skills go hand-in-hand with other disciplines on campus and are critical to the successful employment of new college graduates.




Professor Nick Brody
Nicholas Brody, associate professor, communication studies

"Communication is the fundamental building block of our relationships, and humans are fundamentally relational beings, driven by our need to connect with others. A major in communication studies provides the tools to lead not just a successful career but a successful and fulfilling life."