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.



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.

Graduates, Save the Date!

Spring 2016 Mass Media and Communications Graduates, you are invited to the Department of Communication Graduation Reception on May 18th, 5:30 to 8:00 pm in the USU Ballroom. Reception at 5:30 followed by the program at 6:30.

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

Spring 2016: COMM/MASS 495

Interested in COMM or MASS 495?? 
In order to register for the internship course, students must:
  1. Identify and apply for an internship site with a community partner. Also, students may obtain advice about possible placement sites given student interest by talking with the internship faculty member, Dr. Catherine Matsumoto.  
  2. After completing the steps to secure an internship course then, contact Dr. Matsumoto who will provide a permission code to register for the course.