Sep 30, 2023
Communication Teaching Major (BS or BA)
- Program Prerequisite: Teaching majors must meet the Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements (see Teacher Education Department ).
- Minor: Required.
- Grade Requirements: A grade of “C” or better in courses is required for this major (a grade of “C-” is not acceptable).
- Credit-Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation. A minimum of 47-48 of these are required within the major, depending on the selected emphasis. A total of 40 upper-division credit hours is required (courses numbered 3000 and above); a minimum of 24-36 of these are required within the major, depending on the selected emphasis.
- Program Code: Communication (3017) with emphasis code Civic Advocacy (3051), Communication Studies/Communication Teaching (3016), Digital Media (3068), Interpersonal & Family (3053), Multimedia Journalism (3069), Multimedia Journalism/Communication Teaching (3070), Organizational Communication (3054), Public Relations & Advertising (3055).
- CIPC: Communication (090101) with emphasis code Civic Advocacy (090904), Communication Studies/Communication Teaching (131399), Digital Media (090199), Interpersonal & Family (090101), Multimedia Journalism (099999), Multimedia Journalism/Communication Teaching (131399), Organizational Communication (090901), Public Relations & Advertising (090999).
Communication students are required to meet with a faculty advisor at least annually for course and program advisement. Teaching majors are encouraged to also consult with advisors in the Jerry and Vickie Moyes College of Education (call 801-626-6269). (Also refer to the Department Advisor Referral List.)
Use Grad MAPs to plan your degree
Declare your program of study at the Communication Department office, Elizabeth Hall 330. Teaching majors must meet the Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements (see Teacher Education Department in this catalog).
Refer to Degree Requirements of this catalog for either Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts requirements. See specific requirements for the BA and BS under the major course requirements. The following courses required for this major will also fulfill general education requirements: COMM 1020 HU or COMM 2010 HU and COMM 2110 HU CEL .
Program Learning Outcomes
- Writing: Write at a level expected of a professional communicator in a selected emphasis area.
- Diversity: Be sensitive to difference and discrimination in society and value diversity.
- Career Readiness: Be prepared to enter a professional career or graduate school.
- Critical thinking: Use critical thinking to analyze information from a variety of perspectives for understanding, persuasive argument or problem solving.
- Law/Ethics: Understand communication law and ethics to enable legal and ethical communication.
- Theory: Understand how various communication theories have been developed, applied, and evaluated.
- Research: Find peer-reviewed or professional research studies, be familiar with a variety of research methods, and interpret and analyze research data.
- History: Know the history of the communication discipline and its societal and professional implications.
- Media: Use and produce media to communicate messages.
- Interpersonal/Small Group: Facilitate successful communication in interpersonal situations and small group settings.
- Listening: Listen actively to acquire and analyze information.
- Speaking: Speak clearly and persuasively in a one-on-one interpersonal interaction, and in front of small and large groups in a variety of contexts.
The State of Utah endorses secondary teachers in two areas of Communication: Speech and Journalism. Accordingly, the Communication Teaching major is divided into two emphasis areas: Communication Studies (Speech) and Multimedia Journalism (Journalism). All Communication Teaching majors must complete one of these two emphasis areas.
Major Course Requirements for BS or BA Degree
Students, regardless of their emphasis, must successfully complete required and elective Communication courses specified for each emphasis. Students must also complete required and elective courses from non-Communication departments.
Communication Courses Required of all Communication Teaching Majors (21 credit hours)
*Students must take either COMM 1020 HU or COMM 2110 HU CEL as a foundation course requirement for the Communication Teaching major, whichever is not used for Teacher Education admission requirements.
Courses Required to Fulfill the BA (12 credit hours)
Complete either Option 1 or Option 2.
Option 1 - Foreign Language
- Select 4 courses (12 credit hours) in a foreign language.
Option 2 - Foreign Language with Language Arts
Select two courses (6 credit hours) from the following, plus two courses (6 credit hours) in a foreign language.
Multimedia Journalism Emphasis (27 credit hours)
Required Courses (18 credit hours)
Electives (9 credit hours)
Select 9 credit hours of electives from the following with approval from the department’s communication education advisor for the Multimedia Journalism emphasis.