Concentrations

Communication Studies

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Communication Studies 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. Communication Studies 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 Communication Studies as a bachelor's degree program that will prepare them for law school. For their upper division elective coursework, Communication Studies students are encouraged to take classes in Business Management and/or Behavioral Science (Psychology, Sociology, etc.).

 

Total Program Credits: 67

Department Core Requirements
  COMM 1500 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 credits
  COMM 2300 Introduction to Public Relations 3 credits
  COMM 3000 OR COMM 3700 Media Ethics OR Free Expression in a Democratic Society 3 credits
  COMM 3020 Communication Research Methods 3 credits
  COMM 3050 Theories of Communication and Culture 3 credits
  COMM 431R Executive Lecture Series 1 credit
  COMM 4930 Capstone 3 credits
Communication Studies Emphasis Requirements
  COMM 1020 Public Speaking 3 credits
  COMM 319G Intercultural Communication Encounters  3 credits
  COMM 4110 OR 4120 OR 4180 Interpersonal Communication Theory & Research OR Group Communication OR Communication and Social Behavior 3 credits
  COMM 401G OR 4115 OR 4170 Communication Education OR Advanced Health Communication OR Contemporary Issues in Organizational Communication 3 credits
  COMM 481R Internship Varies
  Complete 9 credits from the following:  
  COMM 2120  Small Group Communication 3 credits
  COMM 2400  Organizational Communication 3 credits
  COMM 2115  Introduction to Health Communication 3 credits
  COMM 3115  Communicating in Environments 3 credits
  Complete 3 credits from the following lower division COMM courses:
  COMM 128R  Forensics 3 credits
  COMM 207G  Introduction to Gender and Communication 3 credits
  COMM 2120  Small Group Communication 3 credits
  COMM 2115  Introduction to Health Communication 3 credits
  COMM 2270  Argumentation 3 credits
  COMM 2400  Organizational Communication 3 credits
  COMM 2510  Visual Strategies for Communication Majors 3 credits
  COMM 281R  Internship Varies
  COMM 290C  Independent Study 3 credits
  Complete 9 credits from the following upper division COMM courses:
  COMM 3000 Media Ethics 3 credits
  COMM 3115 Communicating in Environments 3 credits
  COMM 3120 Fundamentals of New and Social Media 3 credits
  COMM 3140 Social Media Content Creation 3 credits
  COMM 3160 Social Media Analytics 3 credits
  COMM 332G Cross-cultural Communication in International Business 3 credits
  COMM 3410 Fundamentals of Mediation and Negotiation 3 credits
  COMM 3420 Communication and Conflict 3 credits
  COMM 350R Special Topics in Communication 3 credits
  COMM 3700 Free Expression in a Democratic Society 3 credits
  COMM 3780 Mormon Cultural Studies 3 credits
  COMM/FAMS 4200 Advanced Mediation and Negotiation 3 credits
  COMM 4250 Communication and Leadership 3 credits
  COMM 4110 Interpersonal Communication Theory & Research 3 credits
  COMM 4120 Group Communication 3 credits
  COMM 4180 Communication and Social Behavior 3 credits
  COMM 401G Communication Education 3 credits
  COMM 4115 Advanced Health Communication 3 credits
  COMM 4170 Contemporary Issues in Organizational Communication 3 credits


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. Complete all communication classes with a C- or better.
  4. Complete a minimum of 40 credit hours of upper-division courses.
Program Learning Outcomes

Public Relations

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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. 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: 67

Department Core Requirements
  COMM 1500 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 credits
  COMM 2300 Introduction to Public Relations 3 credits
  COMM 3000 OR COMM 3700 Media Ethics OR Free Expression in a Democratic Society 3 credits
  COMM 3020 Communication Research Methods 3 credits
  COMM 3050 Theories of Communication and Culture 3 credits
  COMM 431R Executive Lecture Series 1 credit
  COMM 4930 Capstone 3 credits
Public Relations Emphasis Requirements
  COMM 1130 Writing for the Mass Media 3 credits
  COMM 2510 Visual Strategies for Communication Majors 3 credits
  COMM 3140 Social Media Content Creation 3 credits
  COMM 3520 Public Relations Case Studies 3 credits
  COMM 3530 Public Relations Writing 3 credits
  COMM 481R Internship Varies
  COMM 4850 Public Relations Campaigns 3 credits
 Complete 9 credits from COMM courses (6 credits must be from upper-division COMM courses).


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. Complete all communication classes with a C- or better.
  4. Complete a minimum of 40 credit hours of upper-division courses.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Journalism

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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.

 

Total Program Credits: 67

Department Core Requirements
  COMM 1500 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 credits
  COMM 2300 Introduction to Public Relations 3 credits
  COMM 3020 Communication Research Methods 3 credits
  COMM 3050 Theories of Communication and Culture 3 credits
  COMM 431R Executive Lecture Series 1 credit
  COMM 4930 Capstone 3 credits
Journalism Emphasis Requirements
  COMM 1130 Writing for the Mass Media 3 credits
  COMM 1610 Reporting for the Mass Media 3 credits
  COMM 3000 Media Ethics 3 credits
  COMM 3100 Propaganda and Persuasion 3 credits
  COMM 3700 Free Expression in a Democratic Society 3 credits
  COMM 3790 Case Studies in Journalism 3 credits
  COMM 3530 Public Relations Writing 3 credits
  COMM 481R Internship Varies
Complete 6 credits from the following Media and Practice courses:
  COMM 2790  Magazine Writing 3 credits
  COMM 2100  News Editing Process 3 credits
  COMM 2560 Radio Production 3 credits
  COMM 2250 Principles of Advertising 3 credits
  COMM 2510 Visual Strategies for Communication Majors 3 credits
Complete 6 credits from the following applied theory and research courses:
  COMM 3150 Film Theory 3 credits
  COMM 362G International Communication 3 credits
  COMM 3660 Investigative Reporting 3 credits
  COMM 3780 Mormons Media and Culture 3 credits
Complete 6 credits from the following courses:
  COMM 3130 The Culture of Nature and Technology 3 credits
  COMM 3150 Film Theory 3 credits
  COMM 319G Intercultural Communication Encounters 3 credits
  COMM 332G Cross Cultural Communication for International Business 3 credits
  COMM 350R Special Topics in Communication 3 credits
  COMM 3520 Public Relations Case Studies 3 credits
  COMM 3530 Public Relations Writing 3 credits
  COMM 3660 Investigative Reporting 3 credits
  COMM 3680 Advertising Media Planning 3 credits
  COMM 3780 Mormons Media and Culture 3 credits


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. Complete all communication classes with a C- or better.
  4. Complete a minimum of 40 credit hours of upper-division courses.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

In addition to offering a bachelor's degree in one of the three emphases above, the Department of Communication also offers a minor in Communication after students complete 21 total credit hours within the department. 

Total Program Credits: 21

Discipline Core Requirements: 21 Credits 
  COMM 1020 Public Speaking 3 credits
Choose two of the following: 6 total credits
  COMM 1050 Introduction to Speech Communication (3.0)  
  COMM 1130 Writing for the Mass Media (3.0)  
  COMM 1500 Introduction to Mass Communication (3.0)  
  COMM 2300 Public Relations  (3.0)  
Complete twelve credits from the following: 12 total credits
  COMM 3000 Media Ethics (3.0)  
  COMM 3050 Theories of Communication and Culture (3.0)  
  COMM 3100 Propaganda and Persuasion (3.0)  
  COMM 319G Intercultural Communication Encounters (3.0)  
  COMM 3420 Communication and Conflict (3.0)  
  COMM 350R Special Topics in Communication (3.0)  
  COMM 3700 Free Expression in a Democratic Society (3.0)  
  COMM 481R Internship (May be repeated for 3.0 credits) (1.0)  
  Any other advisor approved courses.    


Graduation Requirements for a Minor in Communication:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 21 or more semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above (departments may require a higher GPA).
  3. Complete all communication classes with a C- or better