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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.


Mentoring Network Announcements

The Network Mixer is a fun engaging opportunity for you to sharpen your networking skills. Employers from a variety of industries will be in attendance and are ready to meet and mingle with students and discuss possible career opportunities. Complimentary food and beverages will be provided for all attendees and cocktails will be available to those 21 and over for $1.00 per drink.

Date: February 17, 2017 at 5pm-8pm in the USU Ballroom, see the PDF for the Mentor Mixer Flyer

"Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops" hosted by the Career Center

Care abouty the wage gap? Want to work to advance work equity? 

Dates: Wednesday, March 8 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm; April 4, 2017 from 11:30am - 1:30pm; May 1, 2017 from 1:30pm - 3:30pm 

Student-Scholars Off to Salt Lake City

Department faculty and staff proudly congratulate student-scholars who competitively submitted and had accepted for presentation their scholarship. Students will present their scholarship at the Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference (aka USRC) on February 18, 2017 in Salt Lake City, UT. The USRC is hosted by the Western States Communication Association, which will also hold its convention February 18-21, 2017 simultaneously. The list of student-scholars is presented below; a draft of the USRC program is available here.

  • Brenda Barniga, "America the Beautiful: Examining America's Racially Inclined Notion of Beauty."
  • Brandon Beach, "Freak Show and the Need for Inclusion in American Society."
  • Danielle Biss, "Finding Dory: Challenging Counter-Hegemonic Representations of Disability."
  • Kathryn Eldridge, "The Harry Potter Novels as a Tool for Increasing Acceptance of Diversity."
  • Rebecca Nieto, "Zootopia: Predator and Prey."
  • Kaylie Sadlon, "A Film for Reparations: A Fantasy-Theme Criticism of Django Unchained."

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