Welcome to the Department of Communication and Languages at Walla Walla University! We are so glad you are here. Here at WWU, we know that choosing a major can be stressful, so we will guide you through the process. We’re here to help you find your passion and to help you turn that passion into a career.


Who Are We?

By joining the Department of Communication and Languages, you enter into a creative, collaborative, and supportive family of students, faculty, and staff. We work hard to create an atmosphere of innovation and partnership. If you are looking for a collaborative environment that helps you strive forward, this may be the place for you.


What Do We Do?

The CommLang Department is dedicated to guiding students into their passion and into the future. Our academic programs are catered to building the skills and experience you will need in your chosen field. We offer the following programs:


  • Film, TV, and Media (BS)
  • Digital Media and Design (BS) 
  • Strategic Communication (BA)
  • Global Communication (BA)
  • Spanish Studies (BA)
  • Music Production (BMus)
  • Pre-Speech Language Pathology (AS)


  • Drama
  • Film and Television Production 
  • Global Communication
  • Journalism
  • Speech Communication
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Spanish (In Residence)
  • Arabic 
  • Italian
  • Mandarin (currently unavailable)
  • Portuguese 


  • Professional Writing
  • Social Media and Digital Marketing


When Do You Need To Sign Up?

If you are considering pursuing one of our degrees, click the following buttons to discover the latest information about enrollment and Jumpstart (Freshman orientation):

 Please don’t hesitate to call our main office with any questions you have!


Where Can You Find Us?

We are located on the WWU College Place campus. If you want to meet with us or have any questions about our programs, visit our main office at the Canaday Technology Center in room 116. You can also find us on social media! CommLang is on:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Discord



Why Should You Choose WWU Communication and Languages?

Your passion can be a career. Our professors believe in mentoring their students so that they receive the guidance they need to make the most of their education. A degree from the CommLang Department can turn you into a powerful influencer in your field, and learning a new language opens up countless social and job opportunities.

We provide our students with opportunities to strengthen their skills. Do you want to be a better writer? Our Strategic Communication program will make it happen. Do you want to travel and immerse yourself in new cultures? Sign up for Global Communication, Spanish, or any of our other language minors and spend a year abroad. Do you want to tell stories through visual communication? Enroll in our Film/TV or Drama program. However you want to tell your stories, we’ll give you the tools you need.

When you study Communication and Languages, you're opening yourself up to a whole new world of career opportunities. The world needs better communicators. Employers are looking for people who can not only perform their job but who can express themselves professionally, who can handle conflicts with tact, and who speak foreign languages. Whether you know you want to work in a communication field or whether you know you don’t, you will be better at your job with a Communication or Language degree under your belt.

We hope to see you on campus soon! Take a wide range of classes to broaden your skills or tailor your course load to prepare yourself for the job you know you want. We also prepare you for internships, so you never have to miss an opportunity. 



Many of our faculty in the Department of Communication and Languages also act as advisors to our students. Our faculty seek to make a difference professionally, academically, and spiritually in the lives of our students. 

Our professors have a broad range of experience and backgrounds. Their primary motivation is being in the classroom with their students or in a lab working on real-world projects. Students are encouraged to visit professors in their offices and to ask any and all questions that they may have. Our faculty work hard to be available to their students, ensuring mentorship and support that students will value for a lifetime.


Linda Crumley: linda.crumley@wallawalla.edu

  • Pre-Speech-Language Pathology (A.S.)
  • Global Communication (B.A.)
  • Speech Communication Minor
  • Global Communication Minor
  • Drama Minor

Lynelle Ellis: lynelle.ellis@wallawalla.edu 

  • Film, TV, and Media (B.S.)

Jerry Hartman: jerry.hartman@wallawalla.edu 

  • Film, TV, and Media (B.S.)
  • Digital Media and Design (B.S.)
  • Global Communication (B.A.)
  • Music Production (B.M.)

Nancy Semotiuk: nancy.semotiuk@wallawalla.edu 

  • Social Media and Digital Marketing Certificate
  • Professional Writing Certificate
  • Strategic Communication (B.A.)
  • Journalism Minor

Alma Alfaro: alma.alfaro@wallawalla.edu 

  • Spanish Studies (B.A.)
  • Spanish Minors

Jean-Paul Grimaud: p.grimaldi@wallawalla.edu 

  • Adventist Colleges Abroad 
  • French and German Minors
  • Arabic, Italian, and Portuguese Minors

Brent Bergherm: brent.bergherm@wallawalla.edu 

  • Digital Media and Design (B.S.)