College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Communication Studies, Online BS

The online Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies engages you in authentic learning experiences that will hone your skills related to ethics, leadership, critical thinking, and effective interaction skills. Guided by theory and application, you will be trained to produce and critically interpret human communication messages through the design, production, and delivery of oral and written communication. The department also houses the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, an honor society recognized by the National Communication Association.

program overview

$255

Costs Per Credit

4

*Years to Completion

120

Credits

*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.

career ready

  • 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.

employment opportunities

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.

Meeting / Event Planner

Coordinate activities of staff, convention personnel, or clients to make arrangements for group meetings, events, or conventions. Coordinate services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, facilities, catering, signage, displays, special needs requirements, printing and event security. Consult with customers to determine objectives and requirements for events, such as meetings, conferences, and conventions.

Marketing Planner

Plan, direct, or coordinate marketing policies and programs, such as determining the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors, and identify potential customers. Develop pricing strategies with the goal of maximizing the firm’s profits or share of the market while ensuring the firm’s customers are satisfied. Oversee product development or monitor trends that indicate the need for new products and services.

Admissions Counselor

Plan, direct, 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.

Human Resources Specialist

Recruit, screen, interview, or place individuals within an organization. Interpret and explain human resources policies, procedures, laws, standards, or regulations.  May perform other activities in multiple human resources areas.

The job descriptions listed above are credited to ONetOnline.org and UDOL/ETA. This is a link to the license.

admission requirements

1

Application

Fill out an online Utah Tech University application and pay the application fee.

Application
2

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.

3

*Declare Major

*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.

important dates

May 16, 2022

The next semester and start date for this program.

Registration Open

Registration is open for the summer and fall 2022 semesters.

Spring, Summer, and Fall

Your start dates for the program. More information can be found in the Academic Calendar.

FAQs

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:

  1. Completed application
  2. $35.00 non-refundable fee
  3. Official high school transcripts or GED scores
  4. 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.
  5. To see requirements for the additional student types, refer to the Admissions Summary Sheet.

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How do I order a transcript?

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.

High School Transcripts Instructions

College Transcripts Instructions

Please allow time for the transcripts to be received and processed. If you have questions about if we have received your transcripts, you can contact us at 435-879-4323 or email us at brett.lunceford@utahtech.edu.

How will my credits transfer to Utah Tech University?

Once we have received your transcripts our registrars office will perform a transcript evaluation. This will tell us and you how your credits will transfer. You can also use our Transfer Guide to give you an idea of how your credits will transfer.

Transfer Guide

Why can't I log in?

The most common reasons why students cannot login include:

  1. You are not fully admitted yet
  2. You are admitted but aren’t entering the correct login & password (call 435-652-7777)
  3. You have entered the incorrect password more than three times and have been locked out.
  4. Your web browser is not accepting cookies (see google’s article: How to Enable Cookies).

Your username is your DigitalID number (must begin with d).

Is my admissions application complete?

Log into your application portal as a returning user. Or contact the admissions office phone: 435-652-7777, or email us at admissions@utahtech.edu

Application Portal

How do I apply for a scholarship?

If you have been admitted by the scholarship deadline, you are automatically considered for all academic scholarships based on your high school GPA and ACT or SAT test scores.

scholarship website

Contact

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