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Communication Major (BA or BS

Major Information and Resources for declared Communication Majors:

The official degree is a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Communication.  

Strategic Communication


Journalism Sequence


Communication Studies Sequence

Communication Studies

Science, Health, Environmental, and Risk Communication Sequence

Science, Health, Environmental, and Risk Communication 

**Students declaring the major Fall 2019 and after will be declared into an official emphasis and that emphasis will print on transcripts.  Please note that if a student is declared in a prior Catalog Year (2015, 2016, 2017, or 2018) they will continue to work on previous sequences**  

Major Requirements

Each sequence or emphasis is 14 Communication courses and all 14 Communication courses must be passed with a ‘C’ or better. 

Students must complete a total of 122 credit hours to earn their Bachelor’s degree.  40 of those credit hours must be upper division (3000-level or higher).  Students may need to complete additional courses outside of general education and major requirements in order to meet total required hours.

Printable Major Requirements (Please select your Catalog Year Below)

Important Notice: At the beginning of each academic year (in the fall) major requirements are subject to change.   

Printable list of your requirements based on your declared catalog year:

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Communication students are able to officially declare the major once they have obtained a 2.75 University of Utah cumulative GPA and have successfully passed at least one University of Utah Communication course with a ‘C’ or better.  Major declaration can be completed by clicking here

Catalog Year

A student’s catalog year (major requirements) is determined by when the major is officially declared.  Major requirements are subject to change at the beginning of each academic year and therefore it is very important for students to be aware of their catalog year and know how they can access it.  Students will be required to complete the set of requirements that are associated with their catalog year.  For example, if a student declares their major at the beginning of the spring 2017 semester they would be completing the requirements associated with the 2016-2017 catalog year.  Once a student if officially declared they are not subject to any new changes made to major requirements.

Transfer Courses

A maximum of four (4) Communication courses from another college or university may fulfill major requirements. See an advisor to find out how your transfer communication courses can be applied to the major. 

BA vs. BS

Bachelor of Arts demonstrates and requires fourth semester proficiency in a second language. Bachelor of Science demonstrates proficiency in math and requires 2 QI classes (upper division statistics/logic).  


Beginning Summer 2019, The Department of Communication will be enforcing all course pre-requisites.

What does this mean for students? For all future registration periods, students will NOT be able to add a class if they have not satisfied the pre-requisite.

What if the pre-requisite I need is in progress? You will be able to conditionally add the course. If you do not successfully complete the pre-requisite course with a C or better, you will be dropped.

What if I’m a transfer student? Transfer courses from accredited Utah institutions that are equivalent to U of U courses will satisfy pre-requisites. Transfer courses from out of state institutions that may be equivalent to U of U courses must be approved by an advisor. Transfer courses must be completed/posted on the degree audit in order for approval to be considered.

For a list of all enforced COMM pre-requisites click here

General Education/Bachelor Degree Requirements

One course may fulfill both a university and a major requirement, but one course cannot double-count within the major.  

  • QB: COMM 1270, Analysis of Argument
  • BF:  COMM 2110, Interpersonal Communication 
  • CW: Many COMM course options
  • DV: COMM 3070, Communication & Gender 
  • DV: COMM 3190, Intercultural Communication 
  • DV: COMM 5540, Communication & Race
  • IR: COMM 3770, Cross-Cultural Documentary
  • IR: COMM 5610, IT & Global Conflict
  • IR: COMM 5620, International Communication
  • QI: COMM 3710, Introduction to Quantitative Communication Research
  • QI: COMM 5710, Quantitative Communication Research

Academic Calendar

It is the student’s responsibility to check the Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines.  Students should also be aware of registration dates and deadlines for each upcoming semester. 

Degree Audits

Students are expected to be generating their Degree Audit regularly.  It is the official degree tracking tool and is used to clear student for graduation and award degrees.  Therefore, students should generate a Degree Audit before and during an academic advising appointment.  Click here for detailed instrcutions on how to properly generate and view a Degree Audit.

Wait List Policy

Communication classes sometimes fill quickly, so students are encouraged to plan ahead and enroll on your assigned Registration Date to help ensure timely graduation. The Department of Communication does not issue permission codes or manage wait lists for classes that are full. 

If a class is full when a student registers, wait listing allows a student to add their name to an electronic wait list and potentially be added to the class if space opens up, and they meet all the requirements. Wait listing is not a guarantee to enrollment into a class.

Once a student wait lists into a class, it is up to them to monitor whether they are added to the class or not. If a student is added and decides they no longer want the class, they are responsible for dropping the class prior to the last day to drop deadline. It is recommended that the student drop themselves from any classes they are wait listed in once they have set their final schedule.

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Last Updated: 9/24/19