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Our Mission Statement

The Utah Valley University Communication Department is shaping students to become the industry's next top leaders in Journalism, Public Relations and Communication Studies 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, marketing, and public relations world. Students are also equipped with a solid ethical foundation and an understanding of diversity, interdependence, and cultural perspectives in the global community. 

Find Your Advisor

The Department of Communication currently has two advisors, Natalie Shelley (Public Relations Emphasis) and Gae Robinson (Communication Studies and Journalism Emphasis), to guide students through registration, course enrollment, and graduation.

To schedule an appointment with an advisor or obtain advisor "walk-in" hours, please contact Cassi Christensen (Advisor Administrator) via email or phone, 801-863-5717.

Greetings from the Department Chair

The Department of Communication at Utah Valley University has award-winning faculty and staff. We care about students and are committed to helping them gain the very best education possible, enabling them to obtain jobs in a wide variety of areas after graduation.

The Department currently sponsors two students clubs, PRSSA and NCAS, as well as an honor-society to provide students with extra-curricular activities that will enhance their classroom experience. Within the Communication major, there are three emphases – public relations, communication studies, and journalism. We are committed to excellence throughout our program and to providing a wide range of classes and activities to help each student achieve their goals.

Janet Colvin, Ph.D.


The Department of Communication is located in the Classroom Building (CB), room 502A. Here, you can find most of the faculty/staff offices and our administrative assistant, Kristen Smith.

For general inquires and specific questions, please contact Kristen Smith at (801) 863-8452 or by email

News & Updates (Updated 12/14/2017)

Starting in Fall 2018, the Speech Communication emphasis will be renamed "Communication Studies."

Starting Spring 2018, students will not longer be able to add classes after the first week of the semester. Once the waitlist is complete, students CANNOT add any Communication classes.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

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