Communication is a dynamic process that plays a complex and profound role in shaping both individuals and society and is vital to the free exchange of ideas central to a democratic society. The Weber State University Department of Communication seeks to promote an understanding of this process and the effective and ethical practice of human communication by focusing on how people create and use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels and media, including those delivered through technology. WSU Communication Department curricula and programs are grounded within a liberal arts tradition and designed to help students live vital and successful lives in an ever-changing global environment.
The curriculum for the major is designed to provide a liberal arts-based study of human communication combined with a course of study which prepares graduates for entry-level employment in Communication and Communication-related careers. The major also serves to prepare students for graduate study in Communication and related disciplines. The Department is committed to enhancing student learning through required internships and through co-curricular opportunities afforded by our student-operated newspaper, the Signpost, our student-operated radio station, KWCR-FM, student-produced news program, Weber State News, and by our nationally prominent intercollegiate forensics program.
Communication majors may select one of six interdisciplinary concentrations: Civic Advocacy, Electronic Media, Interpersonal & Family Communication, Journalism, Organizational Communication and Public Relations & Advertising. A Communication Teaching Major with concentrations in either Communication Studies or Journalism also is available. Depending upon future plans, individual needs and preferences, students may earn the Communication major as either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.
The Communication minor and the Bachelor of Integrated Studies Concentration in Communication (BIS) are designed to provide the student with knowledge and skills in Communication that complement the student's major or other concentrations of study. These curricula, characterized by both required and elective upper division course work after completion of a required core, also are designed to complement the student's overall program of study and to be compatible with the student's career goals.
In addition to emphasizing knowledge, understanding and demonstrated competence in the skills of human communication, curricular and co-curricular programs emphasize the development of character in our students. Accordingly, Department faculty discourage symbolic expression that demeans and degrades other human beings and encourage symbolic expression that celebrates the fundamental dignity of all human beings.
Dr. Sheree Josephson, Chair
WSU Communication Department
1407 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-1407