Welcome Prospective Students! Understanding effective communication is vital in today’s
world and in any career field. A communication major at the U offers the flexibility
to personalize your education to meet your interests, passions, and professional and
personal goals. Situated in the largest media market between Denver and the West Coast, the Department
of Communication provides students with opportunities for internships and part-time
work in professional settings. The department is housed in the Languages and Communication
Building (LNCO), which has a telecommunication studio, audio-visual production labs,
multimedia design labs, and technology-enhanced active learning spaces.
The Department of Communication offers a B.A. or B.S. in Communication with four emphases:
Strategic Communication (public relations, advertising, integrated marketing); Journalism
(digital, broadcast, print); Communication Studies; or Science, Health, Environmental,
and Risk Communication. Regardless of your emphasis, a major in communication will
provide you with knowledge on ethical communication, persuasion,
social influence and social responsibility. Paired with improved skills in writing
and speaking, you will be highly competitive in the job market.
Communication is a vast field with many areas of study. Students majoring in Communication
complete one of the following four emphases based on their area of interest. Your emphasis will be noted on your transcript. Select
the emphasis below for more detailed information and a link to major requirements:
Science, Health, Environmental, and Risk Communication
- Gain the skills you need to communicate effectively across written, oral, visual,
digital,and mobile media.
- Understand the structure and reasoning of argumentation and learn to present arguments
in written and spoken form.
- Understand and ethically engage in issues of difference and identity (e.g. gender,
ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, ability, and age).
- Explore the social, historical, legal, environmental, and economic contexts related
your area of study.
Students can apply to the major once they have a minimum 2.75 University of Utah GPA and completed one COMM course
at the University with a C or better. If you meet the requirements and have not yet
declared please do so ASAP.
Once declared visit the Current Student page for more information and resources.