Communications Degree at Hawaii Pacific University (HPU)

Communications Degree

The communications program at Hawaii Pacific University prepares the student to enter the fields of advertising, marketing, organizational communication, public relations, publishing, human resources, law, criminal justice, politics, public administration, and more. The program focuses on the scientific, humanistic, and critical study of human communication in a variety of formats, media, and contexts. Program courses include: intercultural communication, speaking and listening, verbal and nonverbal interaction, rhetorical theory and criticism, argumentation and persuasion, technologically mediated communication, and popular culture. Get more details below including other Hawaii colleges that offer communications degrees.

Students Enrolled in the Communications Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. HPU has offered the following program levels for students:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree

Students by Academic Level (2013)

Bachelor's Degree26
Master's Degree27

Students by Gender (2013)


Students by Race (2013)

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders2

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

Career Options for Graduates

Students who have completed the Communications program at HPU, have entered into some of these more popular career paths listed below:

Court Reporters


Use verbatim methods and equipment to capture, store, retrieve, and transcribe pretrial and trial proceedings or other information. Includes stenocaptioners who operate computerized stenographic captioning equipment to provide captions of live or prerecorded broadcasts for hearing-impaired viewers.

Communications Teachers, Postsecondary


Teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Public Address System and Other Announcers


Make announcements over public address system at sporting or other public events. May act as master of ceremonies or disc jockey at weddings, parties, clubs, or other gathering places.

Career Outlook & Projects ()

According to the BLS, public address system and other announcers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 5.2% from 2010 to 2020

Public Relations Specialists


Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

Career Outlook & Projects ()

According to the BLS, public relations specialists employment is expected to grow at a rate of 22.5% from 2010 to 2020

Salary & Wages

  • Honolulu, HI
    • Total Employment: 580
    • Average Hourly Rate: $28.66
    • Average Annual Salary: $59,610

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Other schools offering Communications Programs in Hawaii

Communications programs are available at the colleges and universities listed below.

C = Certificate or Award | A = Associate Degree | B = Bachelor's Degree | M = Master's Degree | D = Doctorate Degree (PhD,MD,...)

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, HI
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  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • 150 students completed this program


  • Communications (B,M)

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Honolulu, HI
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • 14 students completed this program


  • Communications (B)

University of Hawaii at Hilo

Hilo, HI
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • 55 students completed this program


  • Communications (B)

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