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Communication - Public Relations Emphasis, B.S.

Requirements

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.

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
  MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (recommended for Social Science majors) 3
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: 27 Credits
  COMM 1000 Exploring the Communication Major (Must pass with a C- or better) 3
  COMM 2300 Public Relations 3
  COMM 3020 Communication Research Methods 3
  COMM 3050 Theories of Communication and Culture 3
  COMM 350R Special Topics in Communication 3
  COMM 4930 Communication Capstone 3
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 1050 Introduction to Speech Communication (3.0)  
  COMM 1500 Introduction to Mass Communication (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: 24 Credits
  COMM 2510 Visual Strategies for Communication Majors 3
  COMM 3520 Public Relations Case Studies 3
  COMM 3530 Public Relations Writing 3
  COMM 481R Internship 3
  COMM 4850 Public Relations Campaigns 3
Complete 9 COMM credits (6 must be upper division) 9
Emphasis Elective Requirements: 21 Credits
  Complete 21 credits of non-COMM courses (10 credits must be upper division). A MINOR in another discipline is highly recommended. 21

 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

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, POL 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 1130 Writing for the Mass Media 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
Physical Science Distribution 3
Additional Biology or Physical Science Distribution 3
3 credits of electives 1000 level or higher 3
Non-Communication Elective 3
COMM 1500 Intro to Mass Comm 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: 10 of 21 required Non-Communication Elective credits must be upper division;  A MINOR in another discipline is highly recommended).
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
4 credits of electives 1000 level or higher 4
Non-Communication Electives 6
COMM 2300 Public Relations 3
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication (fulfills Social/Behavioral Science Distribution) 3
  Semester total: 16
Notes:  10 of 21 required Non-Communication Elective credits must be upper division;  A MINOR in another discipline is highly recommended).
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
3 credits of electives 1000 level or higher 3
3 credits of any Lower Division Communication Course 3
Non-Communication Electives 6
COMM 3000 or 3700 Media Ethics or Free Expression in a Democratic Society 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes:  10 of 21 required Non-Communication Elective credits must be upper division;  A MINOR in another discipline is highly recommended).
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
Humanities Distribution 3
Non-Communication Elective 3
3 credits of Electives 1000 level or higher 3
COMM 3020 Communication Research Methods 3
COMM 3530 Public Relations Writing 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes:  10 of 21 required Non-Communication Elective credits must be upper division;  A MINOR in another discipline is highly recommended).
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
Non-Communication Electives 3
3 credits of any Upper Division Communication Course 3
COMM 2510 Visual Strategies for Comm Majors 3
COMM 3050 Theories of Communication and Culture 3
COMM 3520 Case Studies in Public Relations 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: 10 of 21 required Non-Communication Elective credits must be upper division; A MINOR in another discipline is highly recommended).
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
3 credits of any Upper Division Communication Course 3
COM 350R Special Topics in Communication 3
COMM 481R Internship 3
COMM 4850 Public Relations Campaigns 3
COMM 4930 Communication Capstone 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: Graduation Requirements: 1) Completion of a minimum of 120  or more semester credits. 2) Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. 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 16 credit hours of course work from one language to include the 1010, 1020, 2010, and 202G/2020 levels or transferred equivalents for BA or 13 credits of 1000 level or higer for a BS. 6) Completion of COMM courses with a C- or higher. 7) Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.
  Degree total: 120

Department

 Name:

 Communication

 Location:

 LC 227

 Telephone:

 801-863-8452

 Email:

  courtney.burns@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 an emphasis for a BA or BS in Integrated Studies as a minor.

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 Courtney Burns at 801-863-8452 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 Courtney Burns at 801-863-8452 to make an appointment to meet with Natalie Shelley.

 
 

Speech Communication


Notes: Please contact Courtney Burns at 801-863-8452 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

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, American Studies

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Speech Communications, University of Illinois.

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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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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)

Associate 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

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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