Department History

UVU Communication Department
  • Communication has been among the fastest growing programs at UVU 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 2003/2004.

    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 nationwide.

    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.

    As of Spring 2014, over 800 students are currently majoring in Communication within one of our three emphases (Speech Communication, Public Relations, and Journalism) at Utah Valley University.