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Communication Studies, BS, BA

Department: Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies Department
College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Communication Studies

About This Degree

The speech communication program at USU is designed to help students develop a broad range of communication skills and understanding of how communication affects individuals, organizations, and societies. Students receive a well-rounded education in speech communication and its related areas, including courses in debate, conflict resolution, public speaking, and more. The corporate world consistently seeks for employees with communication skills. Speech majors meet this demand by learning how to be influential, understanding, and developing good listening and leadership skills. Through their coursework, students hone these skills and build a foundation for successful careers in numerous areas.

The program is small and selective, admitting only 25 majors each year to maintain small class sizes and a close-knit community. USU’s speech professors are committed to quality teaching, mentoring, advising, and research, and consistently win department, college, and university awards for their work.

The speech communication major at Utah State emphasizes three thematic areas:

  • Students gain a solid education in organizational communication, which focuses on leadership development, management skills, and team building. Courses in this area equip students with the communication skills needed to succeed in businesses and organizations.
  • Students also learn the role of communication in becoming a better citizen in society. They learn about intercultural communication, how communication shapes the world, and how it shapes perceptions and behaviors.
  • The third area of focus is influence, where students learn how to become ethical persuaders, using language to be influential, credible, and likeable. Students learn to use these skills in an ethical way and, in turn, how to defend themselves against negative and unethical persuasion.

Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.


  • BS - Logan Campus
  • BA - Logan Campus

Since speech communication is a skill highly valued by employers, and communication is critical to many areas, speech majors can find careers in many areas. Graduates from the program are also well-prepared for graduate school or law school. Some of the careers speech majors commonly pursue include:

  • Communication consultant
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Employee relations
  • Crisis management
  • Event planner
  • Speech writer
  • Human resources specialist
  • Hospitality manager
  • Mediation (facilitates conversation that helps different organizations or companies agree)
  • Negotiation (helps companies negotiate prices for services)

Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the speech communication program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: New freshman are not admitted to this program. Students must earn 25 semester credits, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and take certain prerequisite classes before being admitted as a speech major.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions and students transferring from other USU majors must have earned at least 25 semester credits semester credits, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and take certain prerequisite classes before being admitted to this major.
  • Admission will be limited to 25 students each year. Admission decisions will be based on academic record, realistic career or professional study objectives, ability of the program to prepare the student for intended career, satisfactory speaking and writing competencies, motivation and creativity demonstrated by class performance, work experience, volunteer activities, and other means offered by the student during the application process.
  • Students not admitted may apply the following year. If not admitted on the second application, the student will be permitted to complete a minor, but will not be considered again for the major.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Major Requirements

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All new USU students participate in a New Student Orientation program, where they receive detailed information about major requirements, registering for classes, and other important advising information.

John Seiter
Office: MAIN 308
Phone: (435) 797-0138
Email: john.seiter@usu.edu

Suzann Winn
Office: MAIN 204
Phone: (435) 797-1211
Email: suzann.winn@usu.edu

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Lambda Pi Eta: This is the National Communication Honor Society of the National Communication Association for undergraduate junior and senior communication students. The goals of LPH are to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement and to provide an opportunity for faculty members and students to discuss and exchange ideas about their field of interest. It promotes communication, scholarship, and career preparation while providing service programs for the department and university.

Speech and Debate Team: This helps students communicate efficiently, increase competency, and study current events. The team at Utah State has won a number of state and national titles and is open to any student interested in participating.

Labs, Centers, Research

With the second oldest undergraduate research program in the nation, USU offers students a wide range of opportunities to gain hands-on research experience. The Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities program allows students to apply for grants and receive funding.

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