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2017-2018 General Catalog
University of Utah
   
 
    
 
  Dec 12, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

Communication, B.S.


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Major Requirements for Communication


Communication
www.communication.utah.edu
Languages and Communication Building 2400
801-581-6302
comm-advisor@utah.edu

Minimum Degree Hours: 122
Minimum Major Hours: 42

Students may complete a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Communication within one of four sequences: Strategic Communication (public relations, advertising, integrated marketing); Journalism (online, broadcast, print); Communication Studies; or Science, Health, Environmental, and Risk Communication.

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, The Daily Utah Chronicle, and Venceremos are used for student professional experience. Students may also seek off-campus internships. Students needing assistance in selecting an area of specialization should contact the department.

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA in at least nine credit hours of study at the UofU.
  • One UofU COMM course with a C or better.
Transfer Students

Transfer students interested in a Communication major should contact the department. 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 the major. Students with transfer Communication courses should meet with an advisor to discuss how their courses may be applied in the major.

Graduation Requirements

  • COMM courses must be completed with a grade of C or better

Honors in Communication

Students seeking an HBA or HBS in Communication must complete:

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION SEQUENCE


Public relations, advertising, and integrated marketing communication.

Tier 5: Choose 4 Additional COMM Courses


  • Electives are in addition to the previously listed course requirements. Use the Communication Career & Interest Guide, COMM course descriptions, and class schedules to select four additional COMM courses in your area of interest. Two MUST be 5000-level courses. Plan ahead; few 5000-level courses are offered in summer.

 

JOURNALISM SEQUENCE


Online, broadcast, and print journalism.

Tier 2: Choose 4 Courses


Complete four of the following. Choose at least two courses from each group.

Tier 3: Choose 1 Course


Tier 4: Choose 1 Course


Tier 5: Choose 2 Additional COMM Courses


  • Electives are to be taken in addition to the previously listed course requirements. Complete 2 additional COMM courses in your area of interest. One must be a 5000 level course. Use the Communication Career & Interest Guide, COMM course descriptions, and class schedules.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES SEQUENCE


Students understand the Communication discipline, including interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, cultural, and media studies. Students gain skills like public speaking as well as theory and methodology. Research-based and capstone courses complete the sequence.

Tier 1: Required 2 Courses


Should be completed in 1st year of major. 

Tier 6: Choose 2 Additional COMM Courses


  • Electives are to be taken in addition to the previously listed course requirements. Complete 2 additional COMM courses in your area of interest. One must be a 5000 level course. Use the Communication Career & Interest Guide, COMM course descriptions, and class schedules.

SCIENCE, HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL, and RISK COMMUNICATION SEQUENCE


General and specialized areas of science, health, environmental, and risk communication. Students can prepare for careers in public health or communication for health or environmental organizations.

Tier 4: Choose 4 Additional COMM Courses


Select four additional COMM courses in your area of interest. Consult the Communication Career & Interest Guide, COMM course descriptions, and class schedules.

Sample 4-yr Degree Plan


Note: This is just a sample. Log into My Degree Dashboard (in CIS) and meet with your academic advisor to fit a program of study with your academic record.

For Communication major coursework, students need to plan courses based on the sequence they choose to complete for the major. Some courses in the major may also fulfill a General Education and/or Bachelor’s degree requirement. A list of these courses can be found online.

Students that wish to apply for a Department scholarship must take a COMM course in the first semester. See advisor for more information.

First Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education - (WR2) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education - (QA) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education - (BF) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective Hours 4 Credit(s)
Total Hours: 13

Spring Semester


Total Hours: 14-15

Second Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education - (FF) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education - (AI) 3 Credit(s)
  • Bachelor Degree - (QI ) 3 Credit(s) (Students may receive at least one QI course in the major)
  • Upper-Division General Elective Hour 3 Credit(s)
  •  

  • Strategic Communication or Journalism Sequence:

  • COMM 1610 - Introduction to News Reporting and Writing 4 Credit(s)
  • or

  • Communication Studies Sequence: 
  • COMM 3050 - Theoretical Perspectives on Communication 3 Credit(s)
  • or

  • Science, Health, Environment, and Risk Communication Sequence: Pick one course from Tier 3 to complete. 3 Credit(s)
Total Hours: 15

Spring Semester


  • General Education - (FF) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education - (SF) 3 Credit(s)
  • Bachelor Degree - (QI) 3 Credit(s) (Students may receive at least one QI course in the major)
  • Upper-Division General Elective Hours 4 Credit(s)
  •  

  • Strategic Communication:

  • COMM 2580 - Strategic Communication Theory and Practice 3 Credit(s)
  • or

  • Journalism Sequence:

  • COMM 3555 - Digital Journalism 3 Credit(s)
  • or

  • Communication Studies Sequence:  Pick one course from Tier 2 to complete. Course 3 Credit(s)
  • or

  • Science, Health, Environment, and Risk Communication Sequence: Pick one course from Tier 3 to complete. 3 Credit(s)
Total Hours: 16

Third Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education - (BF) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education - (SF or AS) 3 Credit(s)
  • Upper-Division General Elective Hours 4 Credit(s)

 

Strategic Communication Sequence:

  • Choose one course from Tier 2 and one course from Tier 3 to complete. 6 credits(s)

or

Journalism Sequence:

or

Communication Studies Sequence: 

  • Pick one course from Tier 2 AND one course from Tier 3 to complete. 6 Credit(s)

or

Science, Health, Environment, and Risk Communication Sequence: 

  • Pick one course from Tier 2 and one course from Tier 3 to complete. 6 credit(s)
Total Hours: 16-17

Spring Semester


Total Hours: 13-19

Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Bachelor Degree- (IR) 3 credit(s)
  • Upper-Division General Elective Hours 2 Credit(s)

Strategic Communication Sequence: 

or

Journalism Sequence: 

or

Communication Studies Sequence: 

  • Pick one course from Tier 2 and one course from Tier 3 and one course from Tier 4 to complete. 9 credit(s)

or

Science, Health, Environment, and Risk Communication Sequence: 

  • Pick two courses from Tier 2 and one course from Tier 3 to complete. 7-11 credit(s)
  • Bachelor Degree- (IR) 3 credit(s)

    Upper-Division General Elective Hours 2 Credit(s)

  •  

  • Strategic Communication Sequence: Pick one course from Tier 2 and one course from Tier 4 to complete. 6-7 credit(s)
  • or

  • Journalism Sequence: Pick two courses from Tier 2 to complete. 6-8 credit(s)
  • and

    Both Strategic Communication and Journalism take:

  • COMM 5300 - Mass Communication Law 4 Credit(s)
  • or

  • Communication Studies Sequence - Pick one course from Tier 2 and one course from Tier 3 and one course from Tier 5 to complete. 9 credit(s)
  • or

  • Science, Health, Environment, and Risk Communication Sequence: Pick two courses from Tier 2 and one course from Tier 3 to complete. 7-11 credit(s)

Total Hours: 13-17

Spring Semester


Strategic Communication Sequence:

  • Pick four courses for Tier 5 to complete. 12 credit(s)

or

Journalism Sequence:

or

Communication Studies Sequence:

  • Take one course from Tier 2 and two courses from Tier 5 and one COMM Elective at any level. 12 credit(s)

or

Science, Health, Environment, and Risk Communication Sequence:

  • Pick four for Tier 4 to complete. 12 credit(s)

AND

  • For ALL sequences: any additional General Elective credits that may be remaining.
Total Hours: 12+

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