College of Arts, Languages & Letters
George 326
2560 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8202
Fax: (808) 956-3947


*Graduate Faculty

*A. S. E. Hubbard, PhD (Chair)—nonverbal communication, conflict and relational management, deception
*J. Gasiorek, PhD (Director of Graduate Studies)—social cognition, intergroup and intergenerational communication, research methods
*K. S. Aune, PhD—relational management, emotion
*M. S. Kim, PhD—intercultural communication, persuasion and social influence
*H-R. Lee, PhD—health communication, campaigns, persuasion and social influence
*E. Taniguchi, PhD—interpersonal communication, family communication, cross-cultural communication
J. Urashima, MA—instructional communication, communication technology

Degrees Offered: BA (including minor) in communicology, MA in communicology

The Academic Program

The Department of Communicology (COMG) has as its primary objectives the development of knowledge in and instruction concerning the process of communication. This involves three fundamental areas of emphasis. The first area is human message processing, which involves understanding the function and structure of the various codes, verbal and nonverbal, used to form messages in communication as well as examining the encoding and decoding processes involved in communication. The second area is relational communication, which focuses on factors that influence growth, maintenance, and termination of relationships. The third area, social influence, deals with the processing of beliefs, attitudes, and behavioral modification, including gaining compliance, conflict resolution, persuasive campaigns, and propaganda.

Communicology is predominantly a discipline of systematic, purposeful thinking and communicating. Students obtain a liberal education of considerable breadth and depth in regard to communication theory. Furthermore, they are afforded ample opportunity to develop their communicative skills by applying theory in such diverse activities as interviewing, persuasion, group discussion, organizational communication, conflict management, intercultural communication, public speaking, relational communication, deceptive communication, and health communication. Indeed, the basic philosophy of this department–and it is stressed in every course and co-curricular program offered–is that there is no surer preparation for professional life and participation in society than an education that enhances the ability of the individual to maintain lifelong learning and the skills to communicate effectively.

Undergraduate Study

Bachelor’s Degree


Students must complete 33 credit hours, including:

  • COMG 251, 301, 302, 364, 371, and 381
  • 5 upper division elective courses

COMG 301 and 302 should be taken no later than the semester after the major is declared. In residence policy: A minimum of 15 credit hours which includes COMG 302, must be taken in the Department of Communicology at UH Manoa. Introductory courses do not count as electives. Electives must have a prerequisite, or be numbered 300 or above. Additionally, up to three (3) credit hours from any combination of COMG 399 and/or COMG 499 may be used to fulfill the Communicology major elective requirements.

For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to programsheets/. Further details on the BA program is provided at Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for additional information at



Students must complete 15 credit hours of COMG, including:

  • COMG 364, 371, and 381
  • 2 upper division elective courses
  • Introductory courses, COMG 399, and COMG 499 do not count toward the minor. Electives must have a prerequisite or be numbered 300 or above and cover a specific content area.

Further details on the minor is provided at Contact the Minor Advisor for additional information at

Graduate Study

Master’s Degree

The Department of Communicology offers an innovative MA program emphasizing the central processes and functions of human communication. Through course work and research projects, students develop a cross-situational understanding of theory and research in the department’s three areas emphasis: message processing, relational communication, and social influence. Students also have the opportunities to explore other topics of study, such as intercultural communication.

All applicants for the MA program in Communicology must supplement the application and transcripts required by Graduate Division with three letters of recommendation (preferably from professors with whom the applicant has worked), a one-page statement of goals, and the GRE General Test scores.

Intended candidates for the MA should have a strong undergraduate preparation in communication or a closely allied discipline. Students who lack this preparation must make up deficiencies either before or during graduate study. In the latter case, the student will be admitted conditionally, pending removal of the deficiencies. Applicants may be interviewed as well. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 (internet)/600 (paper) is needed for students whose native language is not English.

Further details on the MA program is provided on the department website at Contact the Director of Graduate Studies for additional information at


The department offers both Plan A (thesis) and Plan B/C (non-thesis: applied project or comprehensive exams) programs. The Plan A thesis program requires a minimum of 33 credit hours of graduate work, at least 27 of which must be in Communicology courses numbered 600 and above, including 6 credit hours of COMG 700 Thesis Research. The Plan B applied project program requires a minimum of 33 credit hours of graduate work in courses numbered 600 and above, which includes at least 3 credit hours of COMG 600 Master’s Plan B/C Studies. The comprehensive exam program requires a minimum of 33 credit hours of graduate work in courses numbered 600 and above and one credit of COMG 600. Communicology courses numbered 400 to 499 and courses from allied disciplines may be counted toward the degree only with prior consent of the Director of Graduate Studies. COMG 601 and 602 are required for both Plan A and Plan B programs. Plan A also requires COMG 702 (COMG 620 does not count towards the degree).

Successful completion of Plan A requires each candidate to present an acceptable thesis and pass a final oral examination based on the thesis. Plan B requires each student either complete an applied research project or pass written comprehensive exams. Plan B candidates must also pass a final oral examination based on either the research project or the comprehensive exams.