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Communications Degree at Hawaii Pacific University (HPU)

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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.

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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 (2010-2011)

    Bachelor's Degree15
    Master's Degree30

    Students by Gender (2010-2011)


    Students by Race (2010-2011)

    American Indian1

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

  • Description:

    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

  • Description:

    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

  • Description:

    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

  • Description:

    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: 650
      • Average Hourly Rate: $28.12
      • Average Annual Salary: $58,490

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 = Doctor Degree (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

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University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, HI
Type: 4-Year Public College

120 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B,M)
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Chaminade University of Honolulu

Honolulu, HI
Type: 4-Year Private College

13 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B)
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University of Hawaii at Hilo

Hilo, HI
Type: 4-Year Public College

49 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Communications (B)