The online Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies will teach you interactions and skills including: public speaking, academic writing, relationship maintenance and ethical strategies. This are of study results in an environment in which lifelong learners thrive. Come learn alongside our award-winning faculty as we prepare you to enter the workforce upon graduation. As a Utah Tech University Communication Studies graduate you will be skilled, knowledgeable, and prepared to create your own path for success. Join us in our pursuit to understand how human interaction affects the world we live in today.
Cost Per Credit
*Years to Completion
*Some of the elective courses are not currently offered online but will be soon. This means that if you are currently a junior or a senior you need to speak with an academic advisor to see if you can complete this degree online.
- Apply and demonstrate the importance of foundations and contributions of communication in both historical and contemporary contexts.
- Identify and evaluate ethical communication in personal, professional, and societal contexts.
- Illustrate how communication concepts and theories are used to understand communication behaviors in a variety of contexts, including small groups, organizations, interpersonal and professional relationships, and public discourse.
- Synthesize and apply communication theory and skills to solve problems, manage personal and professional relationships, and overcome communication barriers.
- Integrate critical reasoning into the formulation and delivery of effective and ethical personal, social, professional, and public oral and written messages for a variety of audience compositions in numerous contexts.
- Analyze and critique messages from personal, social, professional, and public sources to determine message effectiveness, ethics, appropriateness, and strategies utilized by the message designer.
- Apply effective and appropriate written and oral communication skills when exposed to intercultural settings, and cross-cultural environments to achieve a cultural sensitivity to diversity, as well as to navigate and overcome potential communication differences.
Here are a few examples of jobs you can pursue after completing this degree. This list of jobs is meant to give you an idea of careers you can acquire after completing this degree, but it is not an exhaustive list.
Public Relations Specialist
Promote or create an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media. May specialize in using social media. Respond to requests for information from the media or designate an appropriate spokesperson or information source. Establish or maintain cooperative relationships with representatives of community, consumer, employee, or public interest groups. Plan or direct development or communication of programs to maintain favorable public or stockholder perceptions of an organization’s accomplishments, agenda, or environmental responsibility. Study the objectives, promotional policies, or needs of organizations to develop public relations strategies that will influence public opinion or promote ideas, products, or services.
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved. Use mediation techniques to facilitate communication between disputants, to further parties’ understanding of different perspectives, and to guide parties toward mutual agreement.
*Note that some positions and some states have different regulations and requirements to become a mediator. While this degree could be enough, you may need to complete certifications on top of your bachelor’s degree.
Human Resources Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organization. Serve as a link between management and employees by handling questions, interpreting and administering contracts and helping resolve work-related problems. Advise managers on organizational policy matters, such as equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment, and recommend needed changes. Analyze and modify compensation and benefits policies to establish competitive programs and ensure compliance with legal requirements. Perform staffing duties, including dealing with understaffing, refereeing disputes, firing employees, and administering disciplinary procedures.
Social Scientist Research Assistant
Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management. Design and create special programs for tasks such as statistical analysis and data entry and cleaning. Provide assistance with the preparation of project-related reports, manuscripts, and presentations. Verify the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases, correcting any errors. With an emphasis in leadership, the focus of research will be related to the following: negotiations, persuasion, team communications, public relations, organizational communication, etc.
Student Affairs in Higher Education
Plan, direct, and/or coordinate student instruction, administration, and services, as well as other research and educational activities, at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges. Advise students on issues such as course selection, progress toward graduation, and career decisions. Direct, coordinate, and evaluate the activities of personnel, including support staff engaged in administering academic institutions, departments, or alumni organizations. Work directly with students and assisting them through their educational journey.
Fill out an online Utah Tech University application and pay the application fee.Application
Transcripts & Test Scores
Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. If not transferring any college credits or transferring less than 24 credits, also submit high school transcripts and ACT, SAT, or placement scores.
*You do not need to declare your major in order to be admitted to the university. You’ll need to meet with an academic advisor to assist you in your major/emphasis selection.
May 16, 2022
The next semester and start date for this program.
Registration is open for the summer and fall 2022 semesters.
How do I apply for admission?
First, determine which category of student you are:
- New Student – A matriculated student who has never attended any college or university, including students who earned credit before graduating from high school.
These students are NOT concurrent enrollment or early enrollment students.
- Transfer Student – A matriculated student who, after high school graduation, attended another college or university and did not attend Utah Tech University.
- Returning Student – A matriculated student who previously attended Utah Tech University after high school graduation but has not attended in three or more semesters, including students who may have attended another college or university since they were enrolled at Utah Tech University.
- International Student – A matriculated or non-matriculated student who is not a U.S. citizen and has not received immigrant status from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
- Non-degree Seeking – A non-matriculated student attending college classes for personal interest, enrichment, or growth.
- Home Schooled – Taught at home using other approved curriculum. Certified by Parent/Guardian.
FOR NEW STUDENTS:
- Completed application
- $35.00 non-refundable fee
- Official high school transcripts or GED scores
- Test results (ACT, SAT, Accuplacer)
- If you are a transfer student, we need official college transcripts for all schools attended. If transferring more than 24 credits, however, then high school transcripts/test scores are not required. Submitting test scores may still be helpful, though, depending on which classes you are enrolling in for prerequisite checking.
- To see requirements for the additional student types, refer to the Admissions Summary Sheet.
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Transcripts can be ordered from your high school or college/university you previously attended. Some schools and institutions allow you to order your transcript online; check with your school for ordering instructions and pricing. For more detailed information on how to order transcripts, please follow the links below.
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