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Virginia McDermott
Dean and Professor of Strategic Communication
The Princeton Review recognized the NQSC as a top program for communication professionals. Our faculty combine traditional liberal arts education with professional application. We have created curriculum and experiential opportunities to provide students the life skills to become leaders and engaged citizens.

HPU’s liberal arts education is vital to our students’ success because, in the communication discipline, we tell stories. Stories connect us and that connection requires a vocabulary to give voice to others’ stories. To develop this vocabulary, we need to explore the history and literature of different groups and different times. We need to know about science and music, business and art. This vocabulary is enhanced by studying different academic traditions, which allows us to talk to people of different backgrounds and different perspectives. We provide students the tools to use this vocabulary to communicate clearly with others, an essential requirement for most employers.

The NQSC prepares students to be better communicators and citizens in an interconnected world. With our emphasis on technology, media, written and spoken communication as well as our attention to diversity and real-world applications, we equip students with the life skills that help them achieve extraordinary goals and interact with diverse people across the globe.
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The vision of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication is to be a respected program within our peer group for encouraging and demonstrating intellectual curiosity, creativity, and professional competence.


The Nido Qubein School of Communication balances theory and application courses in a multidisciplinary environment, enabling students and faculty to think, speak, write and produce strategic messages about a broad range of ideas and issues. The School is committed to:

  • collaboration between students and faculty in and out of the classroom;
  • independent thought and critical thinking that produces ethically aware, historically informed, and socially engaged citizens prepared for leadership in the global community;
  • culturally diverse team-based learning experiences;
  • a universal right to creative expression.
Professional Values and Competencies

CORE VALUESThe essential and enduring beliefs we uphold over time. Core values enable us to retain our unique character and value as we embrace the changing dynamics of the global economy.

CORE COMPETENCIESA unique combination of human skills, knowledge, and technology that provides value and results to the user. Enhancing our core competencies key to sustaining a competitive and differential advantage in the marketplace.


    Expression – Appreciating the principles and constraints on the exercise of free expression in a democratic society

    Integrity – Maintaining a commitment to honesty, accountability, and professional ethics

    Excellence – Performing high-quality work in a capable, efficient, and appropriate manner

    Accuracy – Communicating fairly, without distortions or conflicts of interest, and in recognition of subjectivities

    Diversity – Encouraging creative and independent ways of thinking and mindfulness about cultural differences and multiple perspectives

    Curiosity – Acquiring new skills and knowledge and continuously pursuing education and innovation

    Awareness – Understanding the history, role, context and reality of the process of communication


    Analytical thinking – Extracting from various areas the knowledge required to formulate realistic responses to complex problems

    Communication skills – Developing the ability to present, listen to, and exchange written, oral, aural, and visual information in forms appropriate for the audience, purpose, and context

    Interpretation of converging information – Linking data, knowledge, and insight for strategic decision-making and presentation of information through media

    Technological development – Using technology in ways that add value to the communication professions

    Integration of theory and practice – Understanding how communication theory informs both research and best practices

About The Nido R. Qubein School of Communication
The NQSC offers an ideal setting for integrating the practice and study of communication and experience management. There are few higher education institutions in the country with the comparable range and quality of the school’s facility or production equipment. The school, which was established in 2008, moved into a new 60,000 square foot building in 2009 and has continued to enjoy new additions and continually updated production and teachi...
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