Communication Program at SUU

Communication Bachelor's Degree Program

Choose from three communication tracks to reach your career goals


The Communication program is a vibrant, hands on educational experience tailored to students' interest and goals. At Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, Communication students choose from three tracks.

Tracks include:

  • Communication studies provides skills in critical thinking, problem solving, social media, message design, implementation and analysis, presentation skills, interpersonal communication, and teamwork.
  • Strategic communication prepares students for a future in advertising and/or public relations.
  • Media studies builds understanding of the current media landscape and prepares students to be leaders in and producers of effective social media, television, video production, radio, journalism, and online content.

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Why Choose SUU for Communication Studies?

Southern Utah University’s Department of Communication offers students a BA or BS degree with a choice of three emphases in either communication studies, media studies, or strategic communication. The department also has three minors related to the emphases, as well as a speech writing, technical writing, and sports communication certificates. For students who want to further their communication education, they can earn their Master of Arts in Communication from SUU as well.

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Communication Students

Communication Student Sierra Bonner

Intercultural Communications Service Learning Project

Sierra Bonner is continuing her communication studies at Southern Utah University as a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Professional Communication. One of her most notable experiences at SUU was her participation with the summer 2016 Tonga study abroad trip, where she learned about service learning, nonverbal communication and intercultural communication.

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Communication Student Madi Maynard

SUU Student Embarks on a Roaming Adventure

Using skills she’s learned in the classroom, junior communication major Madi Maynard was able to plan, manage and execute a 3,000 mile road trip with a few close friends. This was no ordinary car ride, the group had five outdoor companies sponsor the adventure, and they created Roaming Roadies, an Instagram account that documented their travels. Jordan, Maynard’s husband had the initial idea for the trip and from there Maynard began the planning process.

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Communication Faculty


Communication Faculty Kevin Stein

Associate Professor Kevin Stein

Kevin Stein got his start on his high school debate team and attended SUU searching to find a field that would appeal to the “debater” inside, and he found it as a professor. Now an associate professor in the Department of Communication, Kevin’s research is in apologia rhetoric (public apology) and political campaign communication. His favorite course to teach is a class to graduate students in pop culture messages.

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Communication Faculty Jen Burt

Professional-in-Residence Jennifer Burt

Jennifer Burt, a professional in residence at Southern Utah University, never pictured herself as a professor. After an opportunity to teach in grad school, however, Jen found that she enjoyed teaching much more than she ever could have imagined. She became the Communications Director at SUU and worked in that position for 8 years before receiving another opportunity to teach. Jen became a full-time faculty in 2015 and has been loving it.

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Communication Faculty Matt Barton

Professor Matt Barton

Dr. Matt Barton’s passion for communication began in high school through participation in the speech and debate club and school radio station. Through the guidance of many mentors, he has now become the Director of the Master of Professional Communication Studies program at Southern Utah University. He is motivated to “pay it forward” by working to instill an appreciation for the importance of communication in his students.

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Success Stories SUU to Everywhere

Communication Alumni - David Tyler

SUU to NYC Advertising

David Tyler thought he wanted to be a doctor, but when he came to Southern Utah University he learned his true passion was creativity. Being from Seattle, David was skeptical of how SUU and Cedar City could take him somewhere bigger. “SUU taught me that small town does not mean small talent or small ambition,” said David. Now, David lives in New York City and works at one of the top advertising agencies in the world as a Global Creative Projects Coordinator.

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Communication Alumni - Sarah Alamshaw

SUU to WE Communications

Sarah Alamshaw came to Southern Utah University as a timid 17-year-old, who wasn’t sure where she was headed in life. Sarah became heavily involved in Alpha Phi, Presidential Ambassadors, and several honor societies. Sarah credits the faculty and staff at SUU for helping her become the person she is now, and among her many mentors she specifically cites Ellen Treanor, public relations professor, for believing in her ability to accomplish her dreams and envision an exciting future.

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Communication Alumni - Parker Walbeck

SUU to Filmmaking

Parker Walbeck transferred to Southern Utah University not knowing anyone on campus, but quickly recognized the opportunities to discover his unique passions. During Parker's time at SUU, he was given access to film school events, traveled with sports teams and worked with leading campus groups, which gave him the experience and confidence that he needed to launch his career as a full-time filmmaker.

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Bridge Program at SUU

Bridge Program Offers Fast Track to Graduate Degree

The Graduate Bridge program at Southern Utah University is an ideal path for students who are strongly considering earning a master’s degree or graduate certificate. The program allows undergraduate students to experience graduate classes while working toward their bachelor’s degree. Students can earn up to 6 graduate credits that may be applied to a graduate degree or certificate.

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Master Program

Master of Professional Communication

Southern Utah University's Master of Arts in Professional Communication is a program that places an emphasis on knowledge at the cutting edge of the discipline. Faculty with substantial professional experience are focused on student success and want to ensure that students are obtaining knowledge specific to areas of interest. Students have the ability to center their focus within each class on what interests them most. This innovative approach allows students greater command over their education.

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