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
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- COMM 1000 - Studies in Communication I
- COMM 1010 - Communication Matters
- COMM 1020 - Principles of Public Speaking
- COMM 1270 - Analysis of Argument
- COMM 1500 - Introduction to Media Business and Ethics
- COMM 1510 - Radio-Television Performance and Production
- COMM 1535 - Basic Digital Photography
- COMM 1610 - Introduction to News Reporting and Writing
- COMM 2050 - Freshman Interest Group
- COMM 2110 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
- COMM 2530 - Photojournalism
- COMM 2580 - Strategic Communication Theory and Practice
- COMM 3000 - Communication Studies
- COMM 3010 - Peer Advising
- COMM 3020 - Media Theory and Popular Culture
- COMM 3030 - Communication and Social Responsibility
- COMM 3040 - Communication and Relationships
- COMM 3050 - Theoretical Perspectives on Communication
- COMM 3060 - Transfer Interest Group
- COMM 3070 - Communication and Gender
- COMM 3100 - Introduction to Documentary Studies
- COMM 3110 - Interpersonal Communication, Special Topics
- COMM 3115 - Communicating Science, Health, Environment
- COMM 3120 - Family Communication
- COMM 3140 - Dangerous Liaisons in Relationships & Organizations
- COMM 3150 - Foundations of Argument, Conflict and Dialogue
- COMM 3170 - Introduction to Organizational Communication
- COMM 3180 - Communication and Social Reality
- COMM 3190 - Intercultural Communication
- COMM 3200 - Persuasion Theory and Practices
- COMM 3270 - Forensics Laboratory
- COMM 3290 - Native American Activism
- COMM 3330 - Negotiation and Interviewing
- COMM 3405 - Rhetoric: Aristotle to #Twitter
- COMM 3415 - Introduction to Cultural Studies
- COMM 3420 - Performance and Culture
- COMM 3460 - Rhetorical Criticism
- COMM 3490 - Communication and Public Issues: Special Topics
- COMM 3500 - Writing for Entertainment Media
- COMM 3510 - Introduction to Web Design
- COMM 3520 - Radio Journalism
- COMM 3530 - Advanced Photography
- COMM 3550 - Principles of Visual Communication
- COMM 3555 - Digital Journalism
- COMM 3560 - Video Production I
- COMM 3570 - Newsbreak
- COMM 3580 - Special Topics: Strategic Communication
- COMM 3600 - Editing Process
- COMM 3610 - Internship
- COMM 3620 - Student Media Practicum
- COMM 3630 - Absolute Communication
- COMM 3635 - Community Journalism
- COMM 3640 - Writing for New Media
- COMM 3650 - Asian American Media and Film
- COMM 3655 - Venceremos
- COMM 3670 - Principles of Advertising
- COMM 3680 - Advertising Media Analysis and Planning
- COMM 3690 - Making Brands Stick
- COMM 3700 - Introduction to Qualitative Methods
- COMM 3710 - Introduction to Quantitative Communication Research
- COMM 3770 - Cross Cultural Documentary
- COMM 3775 - Korean Media and Culture
- COMM 3910 - Independent Study
- COMM 4170 - Applied Organizational Communication
- COMM 4270 - Forensics Practicum
- COMM 4360 - Consuming the Earth
- COMM 4520 - TV Journalism
- COMM 4550 - Developments in New Media
- COMM 4560 - Video Production II
- COMM 4570 - Visual Editing
- COMM 4590 - Writing for Strategic Communication
- COMM 4610 - Magazine Writing
- COMM 4620 - Communication, Globalization, and Transnational Issues
- COMM 4650 - Environmental Reporting
- COMM 4670 - Specialty Reporting
- COMM 4910 - Independent Honors Study
- COMM 4999 - Honors Thesis/Project
- COMM 5000 - Studies in Communication
- COMM 5010 - Teaching Speech and Communication
- COMM 5060 - Teaching Mentorship
- COMM 5110 - Interpersonal Communication: Current Research
- COMM 5115 - Health Communication
- COMM 5116 - Health, Communication, Culture
- COMM 5117 - Health Campaigns, and Media
- COMM 5118 - Health Literacy
- COMM 5120 - Teamwork
- COMM 5140 - Communication and Aging
- COMM 5150 - Dialogue and Cultural Studies
- COMM 5170 - Contemporary Issues in Organizational Communication
- COMM 5200 - Persuasion and Political Communication
- COMM 5270 - Theories of Argument
- COMM 5300 - Mass Communication Law
- COMM 5320 - Freedom of Expression
- COMM 5330 - Visual Rhetoric and Political Argumentation
- COMM 5340 - Communication and Law
- COMM 5360 - Environmental Communication
- COMM 5365 - Communicating Climate Change
- COMM 5370 - Environmental Communication, Special Topics
- COMM 5380 - Interdisciplinary Applications in Community Engagement
- COMM 5420 - Contemporary Social Movements
- COMM 5490 - Communication and Social Justice