Department of Communication

Ron Bennett, Department Chair
Brent Bean, Robyn Bergstrom, Layne Dearden, Eric Embree, Brian Howard, Joel Judkins, Lee Warnick, Ron Weekes, Lane Williams
Secretary, Phyllis Thompson (208) 356-2922

The Department of Communication will launch its bachelor’s degree in Fall 2003. The program will allow students to choose from five areas of emphasis: print journalism, broadcast journalism, public relations, advertising and organizational communication.

Freshmen entering BYU-Idaho in Fall Semester 2001 will be able to graduate with a baccalaureate degree from this program. While upper division classes are not yet being offered, entering freshmen should concentrate their major course work on the five core classes required of all communication majors: 1) Public Speaking, 2) Writing for Communication Careers, 3) Interpersonal Theory and Practice, 4) Mass Media and Society, and 5) Visual Communication for Mass Media. These classes should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

Once these classes are completed, or concurrently as these classes are being completed, communication majors should take the appropriate introductory class for their areas of emphasis: Information Gathering (print journalism), Introduction to Broadcast (broadcast journalism), Introduction to Public Relations (public relations), Introduction to Advertising (advertising) and Organizational Communication (organizational). Upper division major classes for each of the tracks should be available by 2003.

The permanent home of the department will be new Jacob Spori Building, which is currently in the planning and construction stages. The new facility will accommodate all the areas of emphasis, including a new broadcast facility that will allow students experience with television, an addition to what was available before the building’s construction.

The Department of Communication provides opportunities for students to study and build skills in human and mass communication. Its emphasis is to give students entry-level skills for professional work or scholastic skills to transfer to other institutions to pursue graduate work. Classroom instruction is enhanced by hands-on opportunities with two FM radio stations, cable-access programming television, full-sized campus newspaper, digital yearbook, video and audio editing labs, Internet site development and editing, forensics team and various other internships and practicum experiences.

The emphasis of the communication program at BYU-Idaho is pragmatic, although theory is an integral part of any university offering. Most students who major in communication at BYU-Idaho are preparing for careers related to mass media or organizational communication, some students find the major a valuable foundation on their way to other areas of study or professions.

BYU-Idaho’s communication department emphasizes a strong, diverse, common core of studies, enhanced by introductions to specialized career-oriented specialization areas, and capped by practicum and/or internship experiences intended to apply principles learned in classes.

Communication majors should work closely with their academic advisors to build a program that will meet individual needs.

With the transition to BYU-Idaho, Communicative Disorders will no longer be offered in the Communication Department, although students who started this area of emphasis prior to Fall Semester 2001 will be allowed to finish the major. Students interested in a career in Communicative Disorders should meet with faculty member Joel Judkins for advising and direction.

General Education Requirements

Communication majors are required to fill of the university's requirements for General Education. Please see pages 35-37 for a complete explanation of the General Education requirements.


Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies (670)

All students majoring in Communication must complete the following core classes: • Comm 102 Public Speaking • Comm 211 Writing for Communication Careers • Comm 110 Mass Media and Society • Comm 220 Interpersonal Theory and Practice • Comm 130 Visual Communication for Mass Media

Recommended sequence of courses

Note: The full four-year sequence of classes has not yet been developed and approved. Some modifications of the schedule below may take place as the program solidifies.

Freshman year

First Semester
Religion                            2
General Education                   6
Comm 102  Public Speaking           3
Comm 211 Writ for Mass Media        3
Total credits                      14

Second Semester
Religion                            2
General Education                   8
Comm 220  Interpersonal Comm        3
Comm 110  Mass Media & Society      3
Total Credits                      16

Sophomore year

First Semester
Religion                            2
General Education                   6
Art 130  Visual Comm                3
Introductory specialty class        3
Comm 275R  Practicum                1
Total Credits                      15

Second Semester
Religion                            2
General Education                   6
Specialty sequence                  3
Minor requirements                  3
Comm 275R  Practicum                1
Total credits                      15

Junior year

First Semester
Religion                            2
General Education                   6
Specialty sequence                  3
Minor requirements                  4
Comm 275R  Practicum                1
Total Credits                      16

Second Semester
Religion                            2
General Education                   3
Specialty elective                  3
Minor requirements                  6
Comm 275R  Practicum                1
Total Credits                      15

Senior year

First Semester
Comm 480  Law and Ethics            3
Minor requirements                  7
Specialty electives                 6
Total Credits                      16

Second Semester
Capstone/Issues                     3
Minor requirements                  5
Internship                          2
Elective                            4
Total credits                      14

Communication Specialty Courses

In addition to the five core classes, students must take the following classes to earn a communication specialty:

Note: All Communication majors must have a specialty area. No degree is offered in general communication.

Print Journalism

Required class: Comm 214: Information Gathering

Other courses: 15 credits required (Upper Division courses have not yet been approved)

Broadcast Journalism

Required class: Comm 256: Intro to Broadcasting

Other courses: 15 credits required (Upper Division courses have not yet been approved)

Public Relations

Required class: Comm 235 Intro to Public Relations

Other courses: 15 credits required (Upper Division courses have not yet been approved)


Required class: Comm 245: Intro to Advertising

Other courses: 15 credits required (Upper Division courses have not yet been approved)


Required class: Comm 250: Intro to Organiz Comm

Other courses: 15 credits required (Upper Division courses have not yet been approved)


Comm 101 Self-Concept in Communication (1:2:0)
1. The factors that influence self-concept.
2. The effect of self-concept on communication.
3. Experiences that encourage the development of a positive self-concept.
(Currently offered only through Continuing Education)

Comm 102* Public Speaking (3:3:0)
Improving public speaking skills and verbal ability, self-confidence, message structure, presentation strategies and audience adaptation.

Comm 103 Communicative Listening (1:2:0)
An analysis of each student’s listening proficiency and a planned program of improvement. (Block) (Currently offered only through Continuing Education)

Comm 105 Speech and Hearing Therapy (1:0:1)
Prerequisite: Instructor permission
One hour private therapy per week
Private lesson fee: $50
May be repeated for credit
Individual speech therapy for students who have speech, language or hearing difficulties that interfere with their ability to communicate effectively.

Comm 110 Mass Media and Society (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Suggested completion of Comm 220
Surveys mass communication and related contemporary issues, with particular emphasis on societal impacts of and on the media.

Comm 202 Introduction to Disorders of Communication (3:3:0)
Introduces the professions of speech pathology and audiology, examines normal communication, and surveys communicative disorders.

Comm 203 Phonetics: Theory and Application (3:3:0)
Transcription and analysis of normal and disordered speech production. (W)

Comm 205 Clinical Preparation in Communicative Disorders(2:2:0)
Prerequisite: Comm 202 or concurrent enrollment,For majors only
Preparation for a clinical experience in Communicative Disorders. (W)

Comm 210R Yearbook(1:4:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor Four hours per week plus out-of-class assignments
May be repeated for credit
Supervised practice in planning and producing the student digital yearbook on CD-ROM.

Comm 211** Writing For Communication Careers (3:2:1)
Prerequisite: Communication major or Instructor permission
Computer supplies fee: $5
Analysis of audience, purpose, and context; selection and use of appropriate voice, structure, and techniques for effective written communication for mass audiences and other applications.

Comm 212 Editing and Production(3:2:1)
Prerequisite: Comm 211
Computer supplies fee: $5
Training in print media copy editing, layout and design, headline and caption writing, photo editing and sizing, graphic design and publication production.

Comm 213R Campus Newspaper (1:2:0)
May be repeated for credit
Supervised work on the campus newspaper in the areas of writing, editing, photography, design and production, advertising sales and newspaper management.

Comm 214 Research and Reporting (3:2:1)
Prerequisite: Communication major or consent of Instructor
Computer supplies fee: $5
Information gathering strategies and techniques, including library, database and Internet searching and use; source and data analysis. Interviewing and reporting techniques and skills for mass media and marketing.

Comm 215 Photojournalism (3:3:0)
Supplies fee: $45, key deposit: $5
Students must supply their own SLR cameras, F
Examines functions of pictures in the print media, how to maximize their effectiveness, and provides experience in picture taking and darkroom procedures.

Comm 217R New Media Lab (1:2:0)
May be repeated for credit
Prerequisite: Comm 218 or consent of Instructor
Supervised work developing, editing, and maintaining publicly accessed campus Internet pages.

Comm 218 Internet Communications (3:1:2)
Non-Communication majors should consult with Instructor before registering for course
Computer supplies fee: $5
Examination of the use of computer technology, focusing on the Internet, in gathering, designing and transmitting news and information. Specific training in computer software applications and web page design.

Comm 220* Interpersonal Theory and Practice (3:3:0)
Examines basic elements and theory of human communication in a practical, relevant setting. Explores varied facets of interpersonal process, with emphasis on improving communication skills. Intended as opening course in sequence for majors but appropriate for students who will only take one communication course.

Comm 235 Introduction to Public Relations (3:3:0)
Philosophy and practice of public relations in business, government, education, and other organizations. Study of public’s, media, methods, press relations, and publicity.

**Fills requirement for Eng 111 or 111C under General Education Reading and Writing area. (Comm majors only)

Comm 240 Small Group Communication(3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Comm 220
Concurrent enrollment in Comm 275R required
How to organize, lead, participate in, and evaluate small group discussions, conferences, and meetings.

Comm 250 Organizational Communication(3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Comm 220
Analysis of communication principles and practices in organizations, with a strong theoretical base and an emphasis on improving organizational skills.

Comm 256 Introduction to Broadcasting (2:1:2)
For Broadcasting majors only
Discussion of radio and television as a career. Instruction in basic radio and television production techniques.

Comm 259 Beginning Television Production(3:2:2)
Prerequisite: Comm 256
Study and practice of television production techniques, with special emphasis on news and commercial material. Involves operation of equipment as well as performance opportunities.

Comm 265 Broadcast Announcing & Radio Operation (2:2:2)
Prerequisite: Comm 256 or consent of Instructor
Introduces students to announcing techniques, including news and commercial reading, voice diction and copy interpretation. Overview of radio station operation. This class will be needed to QUALIFY for any type of production work or tape to on-air work on KWBH and KRIC.

Comm 266R FM Radio Station Operation (.5-2:2:2)
Prerequisite: Comm 265 and consent of Instructor
May be repeated for credit
Supervised work on KWBH-FM and/or KRIC-FM involving students selected to serve as staff announcers.

Comm 267R Electronic Field Production (1:1:0)
Prerequisite: Comm 259 or consent of Instructor
One hour per week plus out-of-class assignments
May be repeated for credit
Creation and development of advanced video productions.

Comm 271R Forensics (1:4:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Four hours per week plus out-of-class assignments
May be repeated for credit
Supervised work with Brigham Young University-Idaho intercollegiate speech and debate team.

Comm 275R Communication Practicum (1:1:0)
Prerequisite: Comm 220 or consent of Instructor
May be repeated for credit
Supervised work on a variety of volunteer or service-oriented communication projects applying interpersonal, speech and rhetoric, organizational and general communication principles.

Comm 298 Internship (Broadcast) (1-2:arr:arr)
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Schedule and term of internship to be arranged
On-the-job training to be arranged through and monitored by Instructor.

Comm 299 Internship (Journalism) (1-2:arr:arr)
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Schedule and term of internship to be arranged
On-the-job print journalism training to be arranged through and monitored by Instructor.

SIGN 101 American Sign Language I (3:3:0)
For beginning students. Development of basic conversational-level skills, general overview of the deaf culture and current issues of interest to the deaf community.

SIGN 102 American Sign Language II (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Sign 101 or consent of Instructor
Continuation of Sign 101. Teaches increased conversational skills and further knowledge of culture of the deaf.

Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)

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