Degree Concentrations

  • Speech Communication: 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. For their upper division elective coursework, Speech Communication students are encouraged to take classes in Business Management and/or Behavioral Science (Psychology, Sociology, etc.).

  • Public Relations: Students seeking a degree in public relations from Utah Valley University will find themselves in a rigorous study of the ins and outs of public relations. The public relations emphasis provides students with dynamic in-class instruction as well as multiple options for real-world experience. Public Relations students learn the vital role that they can play in a vast array of professions, and learn the skills to do so by taking courses such as Public Relations Writing, and Case Studies in Public Relations. Public Relations students also have many opportunities for student involvement. In 2010 UVU became a charter member of PRSSA which opened several opportunities for our students both on campus and across the nation. In 2013, our PRSSA student organization won the “Chapter of the Year” at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Students who are pursuing a career in Public Relations it is recommended that they take upper division (3000+) Business Management courses to prepare them for the corporate environment.

  • Journalism: Students choosing a Communication degree with an emphasis in Journalism will have the opportunity to work with award-winning faculty and gain substantial amounts of hands-on experience. The program encourages students to get involved with The UVU Review, the student-produced campus news organization. The Review is an excellent way to build skills in print, broadcast, and web journalism.  Course options for Journalism students range from introductory writing and reporting classes to advanced magazine writing, news editing, broadcast news, and long format video journalism. Students interested in a degree in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism should look at degree requirements and start planning for future semesters. Journalism students are encouraged to look into elective credits in the Digital Media Department, as a way to broaden their skills in modern storytelling.