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Communication, Minor

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: 21

Discipline Core Requirements: 21 Credits 
  COMM 1020 Public Speaking 3
Choose two of the following: 6
  COMM 1000 Exploring the Communication Major (3.0)  
  COMM 1050 Introduction to Speech Communication (3.0)  
  COMM 1130 Writing for the Mass Media (3.0)  
  COMM 1500 Introduction to Mass Communication (3.0)  
  COMM 2300 Public Relations  (3.0)  
Complete twelve credits from the following: 12
  COMM 3000 Media Ethics (3.0)  
  COMM 3050 Theories of Communication and Culture (3.0)  
  COMM 3100 Propaganda and Persuasion (3.0)  
  COMM 319G Intercultural Communication Encounters (3.0)  
  COMM 3420 Communication and Conflict (3.0)  
  COMM 350R Special Topics in Communication (3.0)  
  COMM 3700 Free Expression in a Democratic Society (3.0)  
  COMM 481R Internship (May be repeated for 3.0 credits) (1.0)  
  Any other advisor approved courses.    

 Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 21 or more semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above (departments may require a higher GPA).
  3. Complete all communication classes with a C- or better

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
COMM 1020 Public Speaking 3
Elective Lower Division See List 3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
Elective Lower Division See List 3
Elective Lower Division See List 3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
Elective Upper Division See List 3
Elective Upper Division See List 3
Elective Upper Division See List 3
  Semester total: 9
  Degree total: 21

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 mission of the Department of Communication is to prepare students to execute critical thinking skills and to help students prepare for careers that require expertise in oral, written, and/or mediated communications. The department offers programs of study leading to Associate in Arts/Science and Bachelor of Arts/Science degrees with concentrations in Journalism, Public Relations, or Speech Communication. Communication is also available as a minor and an emphasis for a BA or BS in Integrated Studies.

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



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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Holly Heffron(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.S., Organization Communication, University of Utah; M.A., Relations & Organizational Behavior, University of Phoenix.

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Kathy Leslie(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.A., M.S., Instructional Communication, Speech Communication, University of Utah.

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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. (ABD), 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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Stephen Whyte(2010)

Assistant Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.A., Political Science, M.P.A., Public Administration, Brigham Young University.

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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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