Communication Studies has been taught continuously at USU almost from the founding of this institution in 1888. The discipline helps students understand the role communication plays in creating and maintaining human organizations and societies.
Students learn how people exercise influence in the social world and how to develop appropriate and effective communication competencies needed to live a productive life. The coursework provides students with communication and human relations competencies and the critical thinking skills required for success in a variety of careers. 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 minor in Speech Communication Teaching is designed to develop the communication competencies and the understanding of communication processes and theory necessary for effective high school speech communication instruction.
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.
Clubs and Activities
Lambda Pi Eta
Major/Minor Requirement Sheets
Communication Studies Major Requirement Sheet
Organizational Communication Minor
Great Ideas for Teaching Students book submissions
GIFTS Book Call for Papers
GIFTS Example or Book
The Family Communication Lab at Utah State University is a social science research lab which houses a collection of researchers and students invested in understanding the complex dynamics of family communication in a variety of contexts.
Traditionally applications for the Major and Minor have been due Wednesday of the second week of the Fall and Spring Semester.
Public Speaking TA Application and Information