Communication has been among the fastest growing programs at Utah Valley University
since it began offering a pre-major for an associate degree in 2000/2001 as a sub-unit
of the Department of Performing Arts and Communication and then as a sub-part of the
Department of Theatre and Communication in 2001/2002. Three years later, in the 2003/2004
academic year, 220 students declared Communication as the emphasis for their associate
degrees, a sevenfold increase. In the same time period, the number of sections of
Communication classes jumped from 24 per year to 146 per year, increasing the number
of students it serves from less than 500 per year to over 3,000 per year. These increases
lead to the creation of the Department of Communication as a new academic unit in
A baccalaureate degree in Communication was approved by the Board of Regents July
28, 2006. The bachelor degrees in Communication offer a mix of applied, historical,
critical and theoretical courses in communication with an emphasis on engaged learning
through internships, “hands-on” production of print and broadcast journalism, internships,
and capstone projects. The curriculum is designed to offer students a solid undergraduate
education that is consistent with the standard requirements of other accredited programs
During the Spring 2009 semester, the Utah Board of Regents approved significant changes
to the original baccalaureate (effective Fall 2009 semester). Modifications were necessary
due to exponential growth of the program and in order to better meet national accreditation
practices. The most significant modification was replacing the Theory and Practice
emphasis with the Speech Communication emphasis.
In 2015, the university approved a minor in Communication.
As of the 2016-2017 school year, over 800 students are currently majoring in Communication
within one of our three emphases (Speech Communication, Public Relations, and Journalism)
at Utah Valley University.