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Communication - Speech Communication Emphasis, B.S.

Requirements

Speech Communication is the study of how we communicate face-to-face in a variety of situations. Students in this field are interested in the dynamics of conversations, the common pitfalls and how to avoid them, and how to make the most out of human interaction. Speech Communication practitioners feel confident in interpersonal exchanges, public speaking, small-group discussion, and specialized fields like argumentation and/or mediation and negotiation. Every industry needs people that can communicate effectively. Graduates often find use for their skills in professions like sales, corporate training and development, human resources, and various social services. Many students choose Speech Communication as a bachelor's degree program that will prepare them for law school and other graduate school work. For their upper division elective coursework, Speech Communication students are encouraged to take classes in Business Management and/or Behavioral Science (Psychology, Sociology, etc.).

Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences (3.0)  
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
  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 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (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 3
  Fine Arts 3
  COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication (fulfills Social/Behavioral Science) 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 22 Credits
  COMM 1500 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
  COMM 2300 Public Relations 3
  COMM 3020 Communication Research Methods 3
  COMM 3050 Theories of Communication and Culture 3
  COMM 4930 Communication Capstone 3
  COMM 431R Communication Executive Lecture Series  1
Choose one of the following two courses: 3
  COMM 1020 Public Speaking (3.0)  
  COMM 1130 Writing for the Mass Media (3.0)  
Choose one of the following two courses: 3
  COMM 3000 Media Ethics (3.0)  
  COMM 3700 Free Expression in a Democratic Society (3.0)  
Elective Requirements: 13 Credits
  Complete 13 credits of electives 1000 level or higher 13
Emphasis Requirements: 30 Credits
  COMM 319G Intercultural Communication Encounters 3
Choose three of the following: 9
  COMM 2115 Introduction to Health Communication (3.0)  
  COMM 2120 Small Group Communication and Decision Making (3.0)  
  COMM 2400 Organizational Communication (3.0)  
  COMM 3115 Communicating in Environments (3.0)  
Choose one of the following research classes: 3
  COMM 4110 Interpersonal Communication Theory & Research (3.0)  
  COMM 4120 Group Communication (3.0)  
  COMM 4180 Communication and Social Behavior (3.0)  
Choose one of the following applied courses: 3
  COMM 401G Communication Education (3.0)  
  COMM 4115 Advanced Health Communication (3.0)  
  COMM 4170 Contemporary Issues in Organizational Communication (3.0)  
Choose 3 credits from the following lower division electives: 3
  COMM 128R Forensics (3.0)  
  COMM 1050 Introduction to Speech Communication     (3.0)  
  COMM 207G Introduction to Gender and Communication (3.0)  
  COMM 2115 Introduction to Health Communication (If not already taken) (3.0)  
  COMM 2120 Small Group Communication and Decision Making (If not already taken) (3.0)  
  COMM 2270 Argumentation (3.0)  
  COMM 2400 Organizational Communication (If not already taken) (3.0)  
  COMM 2510 Visual Strategies for Communication Majors (3.0)  
  COMM 281R Internship (1.0)  
  COMM 290C Independent Study (3.0)  
Choose 9 credits from the following upper division communication courses: 9
  COMM 3000 Media Ethics (3.0)  
  COMM 3115 Communicating in Environments (If not already used above) (3.0)  
  COMM 3120 Fundamentals of New and Social Media (3.0)  
  COMM 3140 Social Media Content Creation (3.0)  
  COMM 3160 Social Media Analytics (3.0)  
  COMM 332G Cross-Cultural Communications for International Business (3.0)  
  COMM 3410 Fundamentals of Mediation and Negotiation (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 3780 Mormon Cultural Studies (3.0)  
  COMM 401G Communication Education (If not used for applied requirement) (3.0)  
  COMM 4110 Interpersonal Communication Theory & Research (If not used for research requirement) (3.0)  
  COMM 4115 Advanced Health Communication (If not used for applied requirement) (3.0)  
  COMM 4120 Group Communication (If not used for research requirement) (3.0)  
  COMM 4170 Contemporary Issues in Organizational Communication (If not used for applied requirement) (3.0)  
  COMM 4180 Communication and Social Behavior (If not used for research requirement) (3.0)  
  COMM 4250 Communication and Leadership (3.0)  
  COMM 481R Internship (1.0)  
Emphasis Elective Requirements: 20 Credits
  Complete 20 credits of COMM or Non-COMM courses (10 credits must be upper division). A MINOR in another discipline is highly recommended. 20

  Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 or more semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above (departments may require a higher GPA).
  3. Residency hours: minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. Completion of COMM courses with a C- or higher.
  6. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

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. (Note: This graduation plan has not been updated, please contact the department for the most updated plan.)

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 PE 1097 Personal Health and Wellness or Fitness for Life 2
COMM 1000 Exploring the Communication Major (Must pass with a C- or higher) 3
  Semester total: 14
Notes: American Institutions: HIST 1700, HIST 2700 and 2710, HIST 1740, POLs 1000, POLS 1100
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 or 2020 Intermediate Writing —Hum/SS or Intermediate Writing—Sci and Tech 3
MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics 3
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
Fine Arts Distribution 3
COMM 1020   Public Speaking 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
Physical Science Distribution 3
Additional Biology or Physical Science Distribution 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
COMM 1050 Intro to Speech Comm     3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Elective 3
Speech Comm Elect 3
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication (fulfills Social/Behavioral Science Distribution) 3
Any Elective 1000 or higher (10-20 credits must be upper division) 3
Any Elective 1000 or higher (10-20 credits must be upper division) 6
  Semester total: 18
Notes:  Speech Comm Elective: COMM 2120 , 2400 or 2115
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
Elective 4
COMM 2300 Public Relations 3
COMM 3000 or 3700 Media Ethics or Free Expression in a Democratic Society 3
COMM 3050 Theories of Communication and Culture 3
Lower Division COMM course  3
  Semester total: 16
Notes: Lower Division COMM Courses: COMM 128R, 207G, 2115, 2120 , 2270, 2400, 2510, 281R or 290C
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
Humanities 3
Speech COMM elective 3
COMM 3020 Communication Research Methods 3
Any Elective 1000 or higher (10-20 credits must be upper division) 3
 Speech COMM elective 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes:  Speech COMM Elective: COMM 2120 , 2400, or 2115
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
Any Elective 1000 or higher (10-20 credits must be upper division) 2
COMM 350R* Special Topics in Communication 3
Speech COMM Research Course 3
COMM 431R Communication Executive Lecture Series 1
Any Elective 1000 or higher (10-20 credits must be upper division) 3
Any Elective 1000 or higher (10-20 credits must be upper division) 3
  Semester total: 15

Notes:*Pre-requisites are required to be taken, please see the advisor. 

Speech COMM Research Courses: COMM 4110, COMM 4120, COMM 4180. Selected Applied Courses: COMM 4010, COMM 4115, COMM 4170.   (These are all pre-requisites for COMM 4930 taken in semester 8, can also take COMM  401G)

Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
Speech Comm Applied Course 3
Upper Division COMM course 3
Upper Division COMM course 3
COMM 319G Intercultural Communication Encounters 3
COMM 4930** Communication Capstone 3
  Semester total: 15

Notes: * (Courses in red are pre-requisites for COMM 4930,  COMM 401G  can also be taken.)  

Notes: Selected Upper Division Communication Courses: COMM 3000, COMM 332G, COMM 3410, COMM 3420, COMM 350R, COMM 3700, COMM 3780, COMM 4250, COMM 481R, COMM 4110, COMM 4120, COMM 4180, COMM 4010, COMM 4115, COMM 4170. 

  Degree total: 123

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; project management; 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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