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Communication, A.A.

Requirements

Programs of study in Communication at UVU offer a balance of analytic and applied approaches to study in the field. The department offers an expanding menu of beginning and advanced courses in mass communication, public relations, media studies, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, international communication, organizational communication, and journalism.

Total Program Credits: 60

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology (3.0)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (recommended for Social Science majors) 3
or STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
Complete one of the following:  3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication (fulfills Social/Behavioral Science) 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 16 Credits
  COMM 1000 Exploring the Communication Major 3
  COMM 1020 Public Speaking (3.0)  
or COMM 1130 Writing for the Mass Media 3
  COMM 1050 Introduction to Speech Communication (3.0)  
or COMM 1500 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
  COMM 2300 Public Relations 3
  DGM 1110 Digital Media Essentials I 4
Elective Requirements:    9 Credits
  Complete 8 credit hours of one foreign language. 8
  Any 1000-level COMM course or higher not already taken. 1

  Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. (Departments may require a higher GPA.)
  3. Residency hours -- minimum of 20 credit hours through course attendance at UVU.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. For the AA degree, completion of 8 credit hours of course work from one language.
  6. Completion of COMM courses with a C- or higher.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
American Institutions 3
Biology Distribution 3
HLTH 1100 or PES 1097 Personal Health and Wellness or Fitness for Life 2
COMM 1000 Exploring the Communication Major 3
  Semester total: 14
Notes: American Institutions: HIST 1700, HIST 2700 and 2710, HIST 1740, POL 1000, POLS 1100
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Hum/SS or Intermediate Writing--Sci and Tech 3
STAT 1040 or STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics or Introduction to Statistics with Algebra 3
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
Humanities Distribution 3
COMM 1020 or COMM 1130 Public Speaking or Writing for the Mass Media 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: COMM 1020 is recommended for Speech Communication students and COMM 1130 is recommended for Journalism and Public Relations students.
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
Physical Science Distribution 3
Additional Biology or Physical Science Distribution 3
Fine Arts Distribution 3
4 credits Foreign Language 1010 4
COMM 1050 or COMM 1500 Introduction to Speech Communication or Introduction to Mass Communication 3
  Semester total: 16
Notes: Discipline Core Electives: COMM 2100, COMM 2250, COMM 2510, COMM 2560, COMM 2790, COMM 281R, ART 1400, ENGL 2050, DGM 2120, COMM 128R, COMM 2115, COMM 2120, COMM 2400, COMM 2270, COMM 281R. COMM 1050 is recommended for Speech Communication Students and COMM 1500 is recommended for Journalism and Public Relations students.
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
4 credits Foreign Language 1020 4
Any 1000-level or higher COMM course (COMM 431R Recommended) 1
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication (fulfills Social/Behavioral Science Distr.) 3
COMM 2300 Public Relations 3
DGM 1110 Digital Media Essentials I  4
  Semester total: 15
Notes: Discipline Core Electives: COMM 2100, COMM 2250, COMM 2510, COMM 2560, COMM 2790, COMM 281R, ART 1400, ENGL 2050, DGM 2120, COMM 128R, COMM 2115, COMM 2120, COMM 2400, COMM 2270, COMM 281R. Graduation Requirements: 1 Completion of a minimum of 60 semester credits. 2 Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. 3 Residency hours -- minimum of 20 credit hours through course attendance at UVU. 4 Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements. 5 Completion of COMM courses with a C- or higher. 
  Degree total: 60

Department

 Name:

Communication

 Location:

CB 502A

 Telephone:

 801-863-8452

 Email:

  Kristen.Smith@uvu.edu

 Web Address:

 uvu.edu/comm

 Chair:

 Janet Colvin

 

 
 

Mission Statement

The Utah Valley University Communication Department is shaping students to become the next top leaders in journalism, public relations and speech communication through courses and engaged-learning experiences that are theoretically driven, innovative, and applied. The department prepares students with the necessary skills to communicate visually, orally and through written documentation within the context demanded by the business, journalism, advertising, and public relations worlds. Students are also equipped with a solid ethical foundation and an understanding of diversity and interdependence in the global community.

Programs of study in Communication at UVU offer a balance of analytic and applied approaches to study in the field. The department offers an expanding menu of beginning and advanced courses in mass communication, public relations, media studies, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, international
communication, organizational communication, and journalism.

Encouraging student internships, and working closely with Student Media and other units on campus, the curriculum balances traditional, academic-style learning with applied, practical approaches to study in the field.

 
 

Journalism

Notes:

  1. Please contact Cassi Christensen at 801-863-5717 to make an appointment to meet with Gae Robinson.
  2. Communication students in the journalism emphasis are required to have laptop computers.
 
 

Public Relations

Notes: Please contact Cassi Christensen at 801-863-5717 to make an appointment to meet with Natalie Shelley.

 
 

Speech Communication

Notes: Please contact Cassi Christensen at 801-863-5717 to make an appointment to meet with Gae Robinson.

 
 

Faculty

Maria Blevins(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.S., Recreation Management, University of Maine at Machias; M.A., Organizational Communications, University of Montana; Ph.D., Speech Communication, University of Utah.

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Janet Colvin(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Communication
Department Chair, Faculty



B.A., Public Relations, Brigham Young University; M.A., Instructional Technology, Ph.D., Speech Communication, University of Utah.

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James Fisher(2014)

Lecturer

Department: Communication
Faculty

Department: Public Service Graduate Studies

B.S., University Studies, University of New Mexico; M.A., Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Philip Gordon(1999)

Associate Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Speech Communications, University of Illinois.

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Kimberly Hanson(2016)

Lecturer

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.A., Communication & Rhetorical Studies, Idaho State University; M.A., Interpersonal Communication Studies.

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Jingdong Liang(2002)

Associate Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.A., English, People’s University of China; M.A., Journalism, Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Ph.D., Communications, University of Utah.

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Hank McIntire(2014)

Lecturer

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.A., Spanish Translation, B.S., Travel and Tourism, Brigham Young University; M.A., Communication, University of Utah.

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David Morin(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.A., Political Science, University of Illinois; M.A., Communication, Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D., Media & Communication, Bowling Green State University.

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Stevie  Munz(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.A., German Business/Translation, B.A., Organizational Communications, Northern Illinois University; M.A., Communication, Illinois State University; Ph.D., Communication Studies, Ohio University.

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Spencer Patterson(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.S., University Studies, Brigham Young University; M.A., Organizational Communications, Idaho State University; Ph.D., Health Communication, Ohio University.

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Farah Sanders(2009)

Lecturer

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.S., Integrated Studies, Utah Valley University, M.Ed., Education, Southern Utah University.

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David Scott(2008)

Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.S., Political Science, B.S., Speech Communication, University of Utah; M.A., Communications, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Georgia.

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Nancy Tobler(2009)

Assistant Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.S., Speech/English Teaching, M.S., Communication, Interpersonal/Organizational, Utah State University; Ph.D., Communication, Organizational, University of Utah.

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Careers

Careers:  
Virtually every modern field of endeavor has increasing demand for specialists with training in the field of communication. Traditional areas of employment for communication students include: print and electronic journalism; print and electronic entertainment; public relations (public affairs, media relations, customer relations, marketing, etc.); advertising; various sorts of writing, reviewing, and editing; training; sales; and management. Today, new media technologies are expanding the need for communication specialists, as well as their range of skills. Communication also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in the fields of business, education, law, psychology, and of course, communication.

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