2017-2018 General Catalog 
    May 21, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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College of Humanities
Department Office: 2400 Language and Communication Building (LNCO)
Mail: Communication, University of Utah, 255 South Central Campus Dr. #2400, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Phone: 801-581-6888

Department Chair, Danielle Endres, Ph.D.

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Chair, Glen Feighery, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Chair, Helene Shugart, Ph.D. 

Undergraduate Program 

Undergraduate Advising Office, 2400 LNCO, (801) 581-6302.

The undergraduate program offers a degree in communication, divided into three areas: Communication Studies, Strategic Communication (public relations, advertising, integrated marketing) and Journalism (online, broadcast, print).

The department also offers a minor in Media Studies.

Multimedia laboratories are provided for study of reporting, editing, graphics, photography, radio and television production, and new media, including webcasting and podcasting. The facilities of the student-produced Newsbreak program, K-UTE radio, UEN, Communiqué, Lessons, University News Service, The Daily Utah Chronicle, and Venceremos are used for student professional experience. Off-campus internships also are available.

Students needing assistance in selecting an area of specialization should contact the department.


Students may declare premajor status in one of the departmental majors through the Academic Advising Center, 450 SSB.

To be admitted to departmental degree programs, students must complete two criteria: (1) Students must attain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA in at least nine credit hours of study at the University. (2) Students must complete, with a C or better, at least one COMM course. This course must be taken at the University of Utah.

Transfer Students

Transfer students interested in a Communication major should consult the department’s Undergraduate Advising office. Certain courses may articulate between a previous school and the department. Transfer students may apply up to four articulated or equivalent courses from other institutions toward a major in the department.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete 14 Communication courses with a grade of C or better. Communication courses receiving a grade below a C do not count toward filling the major requirement, although they may count towards total graduation hours.

Upper Division Credit

Each student of the University of Utah must complete a minimum of 40 upper division credits. Upper division credits earned outside the major should enhance a student’s education at the University of Utah. The faculty encourages students to choose wisely and select upper division courses that supplement and enrich a person’s academic interests. A student’s upper division credits are NOT monitored by the Department of Communication.

For more specific degree requirements, students should consult the department office.

Graduate Program

M.A., M.S., Ph.D. For additional information, see the Graduate Information section of this catalog.

Areas of Study

The graduate program is generally organized into five major foci: (1) Critical/Cultural Communication, (2) Environmental, Health, and Science Communication, (3) Media and Communication Technology, (4) Organizational/Interpersonal Communication, and (5) Rhetoric. Within and across those areas, the topical and methodological areas supported by the department faculty cut across the field of communication - aging, argumentation, conflict resolution, communication and the law, communication education, applied ethics, family, gender studies, journalism, media history, narrative, media and society, public broadcasting, relationships, semiotics, visual communication, and writing and composition as well as the nearly infinite combinations that can be formed.

Master’s Degrees

See the Graduate Information section of this catalog for M.A./M.S. degree requirements. Additional documentation required by the department includes GRE, three letters of recommendation, sample of creative or scholarly writing, and a 1,000-word statement of personal and professional goals.

Ph.D. Degree

See the Graduate Information section of this catalog for general Ph.D. requirements. See Master’s Degrees, above, for additional documentation required for admission.

Candidates for the Ph.D. in communication must achieve competency in a minimum of four areas of specialization. Typically, studies outside the department are expected. Proficiency in critical, empirical, or historical research methods is required. All courses taken as alternatives to the requirements must be approved in advance by the department.

Fellowships and Assistantships

Contact the department office for information.

Certificate Programs

The Dispute Resolution Graduate Certificate Program is a two-semester class that teaches basic methods of conflict resolution and the communication skills required to use each method effectively. The program is designed for working professionals who want to develop the ability to handle conflict successfully. This interactive course provides each student with the knowledge and experience required to resolve interpersonal and group conflict using mediation and other processes.

The IMC Certificate is a post-baccalaureate program targeted to communication, marketing, and business professionals and students in all types of organizations who want to develop as able and knowledgeable integrated marketing communicators and managers.

The Health Communication Certificate is an interdisciplinary program consisting of 18 units divided into 3 tiers. Undergraduate students may take any courses offered in the list. Graduate students may take any courses offered on the list that have a graduate-level designation (6000- or 7000-level). Graduate students must check with their home department requirements to determine how many certificate courses may be included on their Programs of Study.

Programs and Course Offerings


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