Majors

Global Communication

Bachelor of Arts

The global communication major focuses on multicultural communication. The skills that a student in this major will gain include navigating communication throughout different cultures, analysis of multicultural literary pieces, and obtaining skills in public relations. As part of the program, students are required to attend at least two-quarters of Adventist Colleges Abroad and take part in an international internship.

Students graduating with a degree in global communication can go into an extensive field and have diverse job opportunities such as creative directing, user experience designing, public relations, international marketing, political consultation, and diplomacy. 

A student majoring in global communication must complete the major core requirements for a total of 63-67 hours (plus cognates), the general studies program, and all baccalaureate degree requirements.

For a list of required core classes, click here.

Advisors: 

  • Linda Potter Crumley
  • Jerrold Hartman

 

Strategic Communication

Bachelor of Arts

As part of the Strategic Communication program, students are introduced and taught about communication theory, technical, media, feature writing, and social media strategies. 

Students who graduate with a strategic communication degree have a variety of employment opportunities including public relations, government and politics, corporate consulting, and marketing and advertising. 

A student majoring in strategic communication must complete the major core requirements for a total of 60 hours (plus cognates), the general studies program, and all baccalaureate degree requirements. 

For a list of required core classes, click here.

Advisor:

  • Nancy Semotiuk

 

Music Production

Bachelor of Music

The communication and languages department partners with the music department to provide a Music Production Major. Throughout this program, students have the opportunity for in-depth examination and application of musical theory, history, and ear training and how to apply it in audio production, filmmaking, and cinematography. 

Students graduating with a degree in music production can go into amazing careers focused on the production and implication of music within films, other forms of media, and the producing of songs and scores. Some careers that utilize the skills earned by obtaining a music production degree include music production, audiovisual specialist, music and production sound mixing engineer, and music editing.

Students majoring in the interdisciplinary major of music production must complete a minimum of 91 quarter hours with 46 quarter hours in music and 45 quarter hours in communication. In addition, students must complete the cognates, general studies program, and baccalaureate degree requirements. 

For a list of required core classes, click here.

Advisors:

  • Jerry Hartman
  • Kraig Scott

 

Spanish Studies

Bachelor of Arts

The Spanish Studies major is designed to give students insight into Spanish and Latin American literature, culture, and civilization as well as an opportunity to be immersed in a purely Spanish-speaking environment for a year through Adventist Colleges Abroad. 

Spanish studies open up a lot of job opportunities for those who earn this degree. The ability to communicate in Spanish is a prized skill and therefore offers many job opportunities in all fields. Some areas of employment that are possible for those with a degree in Spanish include sales managers, medical and health service managers, teachers, and legislators. 

A student majoring in Spanish studies must complete 47-48 quarter hours beyond Spanish 201, the required cognates, the general studies requirements, and all baccalaureate degree requirements. All Spanish majors are required to study abroad for at least one school year in an Adventist Colleges Abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country. All students must complete a minimum of twelve hours of upper-division Spanish courses at Walla Walla University after their year abroad. All majors are required to pass the departmental comprehensive examination. 

For a list of required core classes, click here.

Advisor:

  • Alma Alfaro

 

Film, TV, and Media

Bachelor of Science

Dive deep into the cinematic world through a degree in film, TV, and media! The film, TV, and media major aims to help students learn and apply essential skills in filmmaking, production, animation, effects, and directing.  

Students graduating with a degree in film, TV, and media have opportunities for a wide variety of exciting careers such as film directing, product design, music directing, and virtual reality production. 

A film, TV, and media student must complete the major core requirements for a total of 82 hours (plus cognates), the general studies program, and all baccalaureate degree requirements.

For a list of required core classes, click here.

Advisors:

  • Jerrold Hartman
  • Lynelle Ellis

 

Digital Media & Design

Bachelor of Science

By studying Digital Media and Design at Walla Walla University, students will be able to build a media foundation by obtaining the skills focused on media law, filmmaking, screenwriting, audio production, graphic design, web publishing, and much more.

Obtaining a B.S. in Digital Media and Design will set students up for success in the expansive field of the media world, which is growing at an exponential rate. Students graduating with a degree in digital media and design can go into many excellent career paths from video production and animation to web development and graphic design!

Students in the interdisciplinary major of digital media and design must complete the major core requirements for a total of 94-95 hours, the general studies program, and all baccalaureate degree requirements.

For a list of required core classes, click here.

Advisors:

  • Jerrold Hartman
  • Brent Bergham

 

Pre-Speech Language Pathology

Associate of Science

The Pre-Speech Pathology major is the only major in the communication and languages department that is solely offered at the university as an associate's degree. While attending Walla Walla, a pre-speech language pathology student will learn what a speech pathologist does, why communication is important, how to communicate effectively, and set a firm foundation for continuing clinical and applicative studies at Loma Linda University.

Students completing the following core curriculum and the AS general studies requirements will be awarded an AS degree in Pre-Speech Language Pathology. This degree will help prepare the student for admission to Speech-Language Pathology at Loma Linda University and may also apply to other professional programs. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required before entering B.S. professional training, and the M.S. is required for entry into the profession.

Students who earn a Master's in Speech-Language Pathology have the opportunity to work in a field where they help people with communicative disorders as well as swallowing disorders and rehabilitation for those who have had strokes or traumatic brain injuries. Some of the areas of work that a speech pathologist can work in include education, hospitals, residential care, social work, and occupational therapy. Every work field of speech-language pathology is in need of employees which means there is a lot of fluidity between fields and job security in all! 

For a list of required core classes, click here.

Advisor:

  • Linda Potter Crumley

 


Minors

French or Spanish

In addition to taking the required language courses, a student minoring in one of these languages must study abroad through Adventist Colleges Abroad for a minimum of one term. A student in French or Spanish must complete 28 hours beyond FREN 103 or SPAN 103; 8 quarter hours must be upper-division. 

French, and Spanish are two of the most global languages in the world, and knowing one of these languages vastly expands the amount of people you can interact with.

For a list of required core classes, click here.

 

Arabic, Italian, Portuguese, German, or Mandarin (Via ACA)

Classes in Arabic, Italian, Mandarin, German, and Portuguese are offered only through Adventist Colleges Abroad affiliate programs. Students must complete 28 quarter hours beyond the 100 level; 8 quarter hours must be upper-division. 

Acquiring a minor in any language is a great skill to have in any field of work. Being able to communicate in multiple languages is useful to build and keep clients and cater to their needs. 

For a list of required core classes, click here.

 

Spanish Studies In-residence

The Spanish Minor in-residence is designed for students who wish to complete a minor on the College Place campus. A student minoring in Spanish in-residence must complete 27-29 credit hours. 

Spanish studies open up a lot of job opportunities for those who earn this degree. The ability to communicate in Spanish is a prized skill and therefore offers many job opportunities in all fields. Some areas of employment that are possible for those with a degree in Spanish include sales managers, medical and health service managers, teachers, and legislators. 

For a list of required core classes, click here.

 

Drama

The drama program gives students exposure to acting, performance, directing, production, and drama writing. A student minoring in drama must complete 30 quarter hours.

A student graduating with a drama minor has the opportunity to use the performing arts skills they acquire to perform major roles in productions, design costumes and scenery, and other technical aspects of production.

For a list of required core classes, click here.

 

Film and Television Production

Students taking a minor in Film and Television production acquire skills in Filmmaking, production and cinematography, documentaries, directing, screenwriting, and editing and composition. A student in film and television production must complete 30 quarter hours. 

Graduating with a minor in film and television is valuable in many areas of the production world including film and media companies, journalism, teaching, and film criticism. 

For a list of required core classes, click here.

 

Journalism

A minor in journalism gives students insight into the world of writing, editing, and public relations. A student minoring in journalism must complete 30 quarter hours. 

After graduating with a minor in journalism, students have the opportunity to be employed as reporters, public relations specialists, sports information directors, cartoonists, feature writers, and many more amazing careers.

For a list of required core classes, click here.

 

 

Professional Writing Certificate

Students seeking this certificate will gain practical skills to write successfully and effectively at a professional level across industries, in both print and digital formats. The certificate is open to degree-seeking students and non-degree-seeking students. 

Obtaining a professional writing certificate will aid in careers such as technical writing, technology journalism, online content development, and interpreting/translating jobs. 

For a list of required core classes, click here.

 

Social Media and Digital Marketing Certificate

Students seeking this certificate will gain a practical understanding of how to use social media professionally and of how to conduct digital marketing campaigns. The certificate is open to both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students. 

Obtaining a social media and digital marketing certificate will aid in careers such as marketing management, content strategy, social media managing, and digital marketing. 

For a list of required core classes, click here.

 

Speech Communication

A minor in speech communication will give students the essential skills of interpersonal and nonverbal communication. Small group communication, and persuasive speech. A student minoring in speech communication must complete 30 quarter hours. 

Students graduating with a minor in speech communication will learn the skills to help them move on to many different kinds of careers including political campaigner, speechwriter, public relations, and event planning.

For a list of required core classes, click here.

 

Global Communication

Much like the major, the global communication minor is centered around multicultural communication and media. A minimum of one quarter must be spent studying abroad at a school through Adventist Colleges Abroad. A student minoring in global communication must complete 30 quarter hours. 

Students graduating with a degree in global communication can go into an extensive field and have diverse job opportunities such as creative directing, user experience designing, public relations, international marketing, political consultation, and diplomacy.  

For a list of required core classes, click here.