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The Department of Communication is one of the largest majors in the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences. The department offers two majors, one in Communication and another in Mass Media; we also offer minors in Communication and in Critical Intercultural Communication. 

Department Mission

The Communication Department recognizes the transformative power of communication and media and their role in how we think about and act in personal, organizational, cultural, social, and political life. Our scholarly and creative community embraces diverse theoretical perspectives, innovative pedagogy, and creative practices.   We support students’ development of critical and analytical abilities, proficiency with multiple levels of analysis of media, engagement with collaborative and dialogic relationships and connections with communities. We guide students to become culturally aware, astute, civic minded individuals able to understand and act upon structures of inequity, poised for success in their endeavors as community members, citizens and leaders in their chosen careers.

Communication Degree

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree program provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of the nature of communication, its varied forms and uses, and its multiple social, cultural, and cognitive effects.

Mass Media Degree

The new Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media provides students with theoretical and practical frameworks for understanding media development, production, distribution, and its multiple social, political, cultural, and cognitive effects domestically and globally.


Whiteness Forum Statement 2016

Whiteness Forum Statement

View readable pdf of Whiteness Forum Statement

Tenure Track Faculty Positions

The Department of Communication is seeking Assistant Professor for Health Communication. See position description for more information.

The Department of Communication is seeking Assistant Professor for Media Law and Policy. See position description for more information.

USRC Call for Papers

Call for student research papers to submit to the Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference (USRC). It will be in Salt Lake City, UT on February 18, 2017. The USRC is sponsored by the Western States Communication Association. See document for more information.

MaC Days Keynote Event

On April 12th, 2016, the Department of Communication sponsored the keynote panel for MaC Days entitled “On the Margins of Media in Hollywood” to a packed audience. Visit this link to hear the discussion by distinguished guests Alexandra Davis, Director of Blue Ribbon Content Studios; Dr. Aymar Jean Christian, Found of OpenTV and Professor at Northwestern University; and, Sameer Gardezi, award-winning screenwriter of ABC’s Modern Family.

National Communication Association find that College Graduates with Communication Degrees "have the knowledge and skills employers need."