College of Communication and Information

Communication

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Student/Teacher Ratio

1607

Total Undergraduate Students

15

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Schyler Simpson

Director of Retention and Engagement; Director of CI Connect Living Learning Program; Interim Recruiter

(859) 257-7800

College of Communication and Information

310F Lucille Little Fine Arts Library

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  • BA
  • BS

The Communication major provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to design, manage, and evaluate communication processes involving individuals, groups, and the public. Graduates develop strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills as well as an advanced ability to analyze and critique messages, behaviors, and media.

Careers

Career opportunities in Communication include:

  • Communication Manager
  • Campaign Developer
  • Operations Manager
  • Media Critic
  • Media Research
  • Communication Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Public Information Officer
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Crisis Communication Specialist
"Communication is ubiquitous, and the most valuable thing I learned while getting my degree is how to communicate effectively in a number of settings: in a large group, one-on-one, with upper management or in a crisis situation."

Scott Tomlin

Director of Basketball Communications for the Dallas Mavericks

Courses You Will Take

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Communication (BA) 120 hours
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
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Total Freshman Year Credit Hours : 32 - 33

Fall Semester
16 - 17 Credit Hours
UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I
3
UK Core - Quantitative Foundations
3 - 4
UK Core - Humanities
3
COM 101
3
COM 101 - INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATIONS

COM 101

**UK Core - Social Sciences**

3 credit hours

An introduction to the process of communication as a critical element in human interaction and in society. Designed to enhance effective communication and informed use of the mass media.

COM Language I
4
Spring Semester
16 Credit Hours
UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II
3
UK Core - Arts and Creativity
3
UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math
3
COM 252
3
COM 252 - INTRODUCTION TO INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

COM 252

3 credit hours

This course examines basic verbal and nonverbal concepts affecting the communication process between individuals in various interpersonal contexts. Course also requires participation in written, oral, and visual communication activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills. Topics may include: perspective- taking, relationship and conversation management, effective listening, conflict management, communication climate, communication anxiety, and cultural/gender differences in interpersonal communication.

COM Language II
4

Total Sophomore Year Credit Hours : 28 - 31

Fall Semester
15 Credit Hours
UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason
3
UK Core - Global Dynamics
3
UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen
3
COM 249
3
COM 249 - MASS MEDIA AND MASS CULTURE

COM 249

3 credit hours

An examination of the interplay between the technology and content of the mass communication media and culture.

Prereq: CIS 110, CIS 111

COM Language III
3
Spring Semester
13 - 16 Credit Hours
COM 315
3
COM 315 - UNDERSTANDING WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION IN A DIVERSE U.S. SOCIETY

COM 315

3 credit hours

Understanding workplace communication in U.S. society requires an interdisciplinary approach in preparing students to developing an enlightened consideration of the complex and contextual nature of communication in organizations. The emphasis on community, culture and citizenship is designed to engage students using dynamic learning experiences such as debates and discussion over topics relevant to the role of communication and organizations in U.S. society.

COM 325
3
COM 325 - INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION

COM 325

3 credit hours

Designed to introduce students to basic concepts in the study of organizational communication. The course considers approaches to the practice and study of communication within organizational settings, including classical approach, human relations, human resources approaches, systems approaches, cultural approaches, and critical approaches. It also introduces specific issues within the study of organizational communication, including assimilation, decision-making, conflict, change, emotion, cultural diversity and communication technologies.

Prereq: Communication major; others need departmental approval.

COM 326 or COM 351
3
COM Language IV
3
Elective
1 - 4

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Communication (BS) 120 hours
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
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»

Total Freshman Year Credit Hours : 30 - 31

Fall Semester
15 - 16 Credit Hours
UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I
3
UK Core - Quantitative Foundations
3 - 4
UK Core - Arts and Creativity
3
UK Core - Humanities
3
COM 101
3
COM 101 - INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATIONS

COM 101

**UK Core - Social Sciences**

3 credit hours

An introduction to the process of communication as a critical element in human interaction and in society. Designed to enhance effective communication and informed use of the mass media.

Spring Semester
15 Credit Hours
UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II
3
UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math
3
UK Core - Global Dynamics
3
UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen
3
COM 252
3
COM 252 - INTRODUCTION TO INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

COM 252

3 credit hours

This course examines basic verbal and nonverbal concepts affecting the communication process between individuals in various interpersonal contexts. Course also requires participation in written, oral, and visual communication activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills. Topics may include: perspective- taking, relationship and conversation management, effective listening, conflict management, communication climate, communication anxiety, and cultural/gender differences in interpersonal communication.

Total Sophomore Year Credit Hours : 30 - 31

Fall Semester
15 Credit Hours
UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason
3
COM 249
3
COM 249 - MASS MEDIA AND MASS CULTURE

COM 249

3 credit hours

An examination of the interplay between the technology and content of the mass communication media and culture.

Prereq: CIS 110, CIS 111

Elective in "science"
3
Elective in "science"
3
Elective in "science"
3
Spring Semester
15 - 16 Credit Hours
COM 315
3
COM 315 - UNDERSTANDING WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION IN A DIVERSE U.S. SOCIETY

COM 315

3 credit hours

Understanding workplace communication in U.S. society requires an interdisciplinary approach in preparing students to developing an enlightened consideration of the complex and contextual nature of communication in organizations. The emphasis on community, culture and citizenship is designed to engage students using dynamic learning experiences such as debates and discussion over topics relevant to the role of communication and organizations in U.S. society.

COM 325
3
COM 325 - INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION

COM 325

3 credit hours

Designed to introduce students to basic concepts in the study of organizational communication. The course considers approaches to the practice and study of communication within organizational settings, including classical approach, human relations, human resources approaches, systems approaches, cultural approaches, and critical approaches. It also introduces specific issues within the study of organizational communication, including assimilation, decision-making, conflict, change, emotion, cultural diversity and communication technologies.

Prereq: Communication major; others need departmental approval.

COM 326 or COM 351
3
MA/CS/STA course
3 - 4
Elective in "science"
3

Please login to http://myUK.uky.edu to access your major map and personalized degree audit via the myUK Graduation Planning System (myUK GPS).

Communication Major

Students explore human interactions and the evaluation of communication processes. Focused tracks are designed to prepare students for specific career paths.

Business and Organizational Communication

Prepares students for careers in communication management, consulting, sales, human resources, operations management, conflict resolution and crisis communication. Advanced courses include organizational communication, teamwork and leadership, negotiation and conflict, and risk and crisis communication.

Digital and Mass Communication

Prepares students to work in media and audience research, mass media criticism, public information and media education and literacy. Advanced courses include interpersonal communication and social media, mass media and social influence, digital and mass communication literacy, and critical analysis of communication and persuasion.

Healthcare Communication

Prepares students to manage, deliver and evaluate health services, health education, hospital administration, and health communication campaigns. Advanced courses include health communication, studies in persuasion, interpersonal communication in health, and health communication campaigns.

Sport Communication

Prepares students to communicate theories, methods, and techniques about sports in a variety of contexts. Students will draw connections between sport, communication, and society while also learning the strategies required to communicate sport information to a variety of audiences.

Human Communication

Prepares students for careers in general management of communication and information across various contexts. Students can create their track by choosing classes from the other specializations.

Communication Honors

Honor students can choose one of the tracks above and supplement their studies with advanced courses in Communication Theory, Research Methods, and the Honors Seminar.

COM, B.A. Bulletin COM. B.S. Bulletin

Imagine Your Future

Emergency Management Directors

Emergency management directors prepare plans and procedures for responding to natural disasters or other emergencies. They also help lead the response during and after emergencies.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$83,960

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

11,800

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

400

new jobs (average)


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Human Resources Managers

Human resources managers plan, coordinate, and direct the administrative functions of an organization.

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Median Salary

$136,350

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

191,600

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

10,000

new jobs (average)


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Human Resources Specialists

Human resources specialists recruit, screen, and interview job applicants and place newly hired workers in jobs. They also may handle compensation and benefits, training, and employee relations.

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Median Salary

$67,650

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

874,500

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

51,400

new jobs (average)


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Health Educators and Community Health Workers

Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities.

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Median Salary

$46,080

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

123,800

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

14,100

new jobs (average)

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Epidemiologists
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  • Middle School Teachers
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • School and Career Counselors
  • Social and Human Service Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists

Imagine Your Future

Medical and Health Services Managers

Medical and health services managers plan, direct, and coordinate the business activities of healthcare providers.

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Median Salary

$110,680

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

509,500

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

144,700

new jobs (average)


Imagine Your Future

Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

Meeting, convention, and event planners arrange all aspects of events and professional gatherings.

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Median Salary

$56,920

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

132,000

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

9,900

new jobs (average)


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Sales Managers

Sales managers direct organizations' sales teams.

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Median Salary

$135,160

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

554,700

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

22,500

new jobs (average)


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Social and Community Service Managers

Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise programs and organizations that support public well-being.

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Median Salary

$77,030

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

178,400

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

16,200

new jobs (average)


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Training and Development Managers

Training and development managers plan, coordinate, and direct skills- and knowledge-enhancement programs for an organization’s staff.

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Median Salary

$125,040

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

41,300

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

2,700

new jobs (average)


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Training and Development Specialists

Training and development specialists plan and administer programs that improve the skills and knowledge of their employees.

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Median Salary

$64,340

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

385,800

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

24,200

new jobs (average)


Enhancing Your Time at UK

While there are endless ways to create an unforgettable journey as a Wildcat, we can only think of one that gives you the chance to step outside the classroom and into exploring new parts of the world around you: participating in an Education Abroad opportunity! Whether it’s in a study, research, service, or internship program, taking your UK experience international with EA is the most hands-on way for you to expand your global perspective while making yourself a more well-rounded, marketable candidate to future employers no matter your field. As you take these first steps towards investing in your future, EA encourages you to take advantage of all the opportunities UK has to offer. Take a look at some of the many suggested opportunities UK Education Abroad & Exchanges has to complement your major! #ukyabroad

 

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Contact

Schyler Simpson

Director of Retention and Engagement; Director of CI Connect Living Learning Program; Interim Recruiter

(859) 257-7800

College of Communication and Information

310F Lucille Little Fine Arts Library