The School of Communication

The School of Communication at the University of Northern Colorado guides and coordinates the programs of Communication Studies (COMM) and Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC). Together, the programs emphasize written, oral, visual, and aural communication theory, practice, and professional career application within a liberal arts, value-based education.

Employer surveys frequently show that “communication skills” are the number one factor they look for in new hires. The COMM major prepares students for a variety of occupations including consulting, sales, education, law, human resources, training and development, and public office.

The JMC major offers three career specializations: Public Relations and Advertising Media, News-Editorial, and Telecommunications. Based on the emphasis selected, students are prepared for careers in advertising, public/community relations, reporting, news correspondence, directing, broadcasting, and editing.

While the curricula of the two programs complement one another, they remain distinct disciplines. There are significant differences in mission statements, teaching practices, and professional affiliations. Please refer to each program’s specific Web site for additional discipline-specific information. Despite those differences, COMM and JMC easily co-exist within the framework of a School, as the structure provides the opportunity for bigger and bolder points of integration.

The School of Communication is well-situated in the College of HSS. In tandem, the COMM and JMC programs reflect the critical, creative, and interpretive dimensions of the humanities, as well as the empirical inquisitiveness and investigative strategies of the social sciences. Coupled with our programs’ commitments to career preparation, multicultural connections, and life-long learning, the school seeks to embody the best of the college and university’s goals and mission.

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