Communication

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Bachelor of Arts
Major
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree

Overview

Through hands-on, immersive projects, communication students study a wide range of topics, including public relations, graphic design, journalism, and technical writing. You’ll learn theoretical principles that you can transform into practical skills, creating professional-quality work to add to your portfolio. Every project provides another opportunity to approach communication from a new perspective, exploring diverse perspectives as a way to create meaningful connections across cultures. By the time you graduate, you’ll understand how to communicate effectively and confidently.

Who It's For

We like to say that the communication program is ideal for practical people seeking creativity and creative people seeking practicality. Our classes balance theoretical study with hands-on creative challenges, so whether you see yourself investigating stories for the New York Times, consulting clients on SEO strategy, or designing logos for your next big rebrand, you’ll graduate with the skills you need to pursue what you love.

Key Benefits

  • Earn credit toward your degree by participating in internships with local, national, and international organizations.
  • Work on our campus media team, writing articles and producing podcasts for The Forum.
  • Establish your professional brand by creating a robust portfolio of academic and professional work.
  • Develop close relationships with your professors who provide individualized mentoring both in and out of the classroom.
Miranda Taft
“When I first joined the communication program, I was an aspiring journalist with an interest in covering politics. I soon realized, though, that communications is an incredibly versatile field with a variety of career opportunities.”
Miranda Taft, ’05, Vice president of marketing, Air Partner
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About the Program

The communication program offers challenging, hands-on classes taught by faculty with expertise in professional communication, journalism, graphic design, mass media law and ethics, and branding. In class, you’ll learn to communicate in many different ways, studying everything from traditional media to digital communication. You can focus your studies on the area you find most interesting, while exploring your passions through internships and service learning with real-world clients.

What You'll Learn

  • Master the ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences.
  • Hone your writing and editing skills.
  • Examine communication strategies from intercultural and global perspectives.
  • Analyze the historical, legal, and ethical contexts surrounding communication strategy and practice.
  • Gain real-world experience producing professional quality communication pieces for clients throughout the Salt Lake community.
  • Design professional-quality communication pieces for print and digital media using industry-standard software.
  • Create a portfolio that demonstrates your professional abilities to prospective employers or clients.

Plan of Study

You’ll start by taking introductory-level courses, including Media Writing, Media and Society, and Introduction to Human Communication. As you move through the program, you’ll take classes in Business and Professional Writing, Organizational Communication, Design and User Experience, and Communication Law and Ethics. Throughout the program, you’ll have opportunities to customize your experience by choosing an area of concentration, participating in internships, and taking electives ranging from Public Relations Principles to Multimedia Image Production or Advanced Photography. To complete your degree, you’ll participate in a senior portfolio class with the rest of your cohort.

Concentrations

Multimedia

Dive into the world of graphic design, photography, web design, and video production.

Public Relations

Study the principles of public relations, advertising, communication theory and persuasion, and intercultural and global communication.

Professional Writing

Cultivate your writing know-how in classes focused on creative nonfiction, business writing, professional writing, and technical writing.


Sample Courses

Infographics in Popular Media

In this course, you’ll explore the value of using infographics to communicate complex technical information. You’ll investigate the implications of repurposing data visually, and analyze the ethical and practical outcomes of using infographics to sell products, market ideas, and encourage change. Of course, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to design your own infographics too.

Race, Gender, Class, and the Media

This course explores and challenges how issues, individuals, groups, and populations are presented in the media. You’ll analyze the portrayals of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual identity, age, ability, and socioeconomic class in entertainment and news media.

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Career Opportunities

Communication is a versatile degree, preparing you for a successful career in just about any field. Graduates of the program have gone on to work in corporate and government communication, public affairs, advertising, public relations, event planning, technical and freelance writing, website design and management, graphic design, nonprofit work, and journalism. Other students have chosen to continue their education in graduate or law school.

Potential Careers

  • Social media manager
  • Graphic designer
  • Marketing manager
  • Copywriter
  • Public relations specialist
  • Content strategist
  • Publisher
  • Editor
  • Brand manager
  • Journalist
  • SEO specialist
  • Event planner
Tyson Olcott
“Each year I was in the communication program, I held an internship in a different field. It really helped me understand what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go when I graduated. I don’t think that would have been possible if my professors hadn’t pushed me to go after those experiences. It was great. Not a lot of schools do that.”
Tyson Olcott, ’13, Public relations manager, Clearlink

Other Communication Programs

We also offer a minor in communication, which is a great addition to a degree in political science, business, or marketing.

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$13,642 ($6,821 per semester)

Cost Breakdown (2017–2018)

  • Tuition: $33,040
  • Room: $5,364
  • Board: $3,072

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$27,834 (merit scholarship, work-study, grants and loan funds)

Scholarships

You’ll be Automatically Considered for Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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