Communication is a discipline concerned with the study of messages in the context of human relationships. Courses in communication examine the nature, use, and role of messages among individuals and within small groups, organizations, and society in whatever form they assume—oral, written, visual, mediated, and technological.
A degree in Communication develops knowledge and skills that are required for many different fields, including advertising, business, international relations, education, public service, government and politics, health care, and public relations. Because college graduates are expected to change careers approximately seven times over the course of their lives, and because employers across a wide variety of fields primarily seek applicants with strong oral and written communication skills, a degree in communication is a versatile and timely choice.
The Communication major at the University of Colorado Denver has as its focus and mission the development of the skills, knowledge and abilities necessary to use communication to create a more civil and humane world. The curriculum was developed to counter the pervasive atmosphere of unrelenting contention and uncivil communication that characterizes the contemporary world.
In addition to the Bachelor of Arts, we offer Undergraduate Certificates in Mediation and Strategic Communication, which are designed for students to enhance or upgrade their skills in these areas. These certificates may be earned on their own or in conjunction with the degree program.
In addition to the four entrance courses (12 hours), and one exit course (3 hours), students must take at least eight courses (24 hours) chosen from the Pathways areas below, for a total of 39 credit hours in Communication.