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College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences


Division of Communication & Fine Arts

Communication Degree Program


"The art of communication is the language of leadership."

- James Humes

University of Guam


The Communication Program at UOG offers a major designed to prepare professionals in journalism, mass media, public relations and other communication-related areas.  The program also serves the university community with General Education and elective courses for all majors, and offers a minor which is an ideal complement for any major which requires substantial skill in interpersonal, public, or mass communication.

As an academic field, communication focuses on the process of message use and generation within as well as across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media.  The study of communication focuses on its effective and ethical practice.  While people are born with the physical ability to talk, communication skills have to be developed to ensure personal, academic, and professional success.

According to various projections on fastest growing careers, communication skills will be part of basic competencies in many occupations well into the next century.  In addition, executives in leading companies indicate that college students need better communication skills as well as the ability to work in teams and with people from different backgrounds. 

Upon successful completion of the Communication program, the student should:

  • Be able to effectively communicate in oral and written forms for a wide variety of purposes and audiences.
  • Exhibit effective interpersonal and small group communication skills in a variety of contexts.
  • Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of issues relevant to functioning as an effective and ethical source and consumer of media messages.
  • Apply critical thinking skills in his or her analysis of basic elements of the communication process and their impact on effective message transmission.
  • The Communication major consists of a 15-hour core, an 18-hour track, and 12 hours of Communication electives.  The core includes foundation courses in mass media, argumentation, interpersonal communication, a professional internship, and a senior-level capstone course.  


Communication Track

Students may choose one of four tracks:

Communication Studies requires dynamic personal involvement.  Students create and test their ideas, develop individual abilities and gain competence in a variety of communication settings.  They acquire knowledge and methods that apply to nearly every aspect of their private and public lives.  Competence in communication is considered a generative skill that helps unlock all other learning, for a lifetime.

Mass Media Studies focuses on providing knowledge of the theories, processes and practices of the mass media and on the development of professional telecommunications skills in a variety of mass communication fields such as broadcasting, video production, and advertising.

Journalism, the most specialized of the four tracks, focuses on the news reporting and interpretation functions of mass media.  Students learn reporting, writing, editing, and graphic design skills.  Emphasis is placed on studying news events in the context of larger social issues and interpreting these insights for a mass audience.

Public Relations prepares students for careers which deal with the image of organizations in the public and private sectors.  Students acquire both theoretical knowledge and practical training in developing messages for various groups, analyzing audiences, and designing campaigns. 

All Communication majors must meet the requirements of one of these sub-cores/students may use their communication electives to complete a second sub-core or pattern an individualized program to meet specific career objectives.  For example, a student seeking a career in broadcast journalism would choose course from both the Mass Media Studies and Journalism sub-cores.  Communication faculty members can advise students in designing a personalized program.

The minor in Communication requires 21 credit hours.  It is particularly suited for students majoring in Public Administration, Business, Education, Agriculture, Nursing, and English who need a strong background in communication skills for their professional work.  Faculty advisors will help you tailor the minor to fit your career goals


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