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Department of Communications

Chair: Sandra Cox
Phone: (435)283-7384

Department Webpage:

Communication is an important skill to master for any area of employment.  Skills in communication relating to leadership, speaking, interpersonal awareness, group work, problem solving, conflict resolution, and media proficiency are frequently listed as the top skills employers are looking to have demonstrated in new hire resumes.  At Snow College, the Communication Department prepares students to apply the skills they learn from our courses to any field of study.  The department offers courses that fulfill general education requirements in three different areas:  Humanities (HU); Social Science (SS); and Fine Arts (FA).  In addition, students who major in Communication will find many courses offered at Snow College that transfer to most baccalaureate programs around the state.

The Department of Communication offers emphasis in Communication Studies, Broadcasting, or Journalism.  As Freshman and Sophomores, students receive professional resume building experiences through the student newspaper (Snowdrift), radio station (KAGJ), television (SNOW TV), and various public relations projects designed for local and campus partners.  In addition, the Communication Department offers various internship opportunities.  

Students working on presentations, media projects (such as websites or recordings) or other course related projects can visit the Communication Lab during posted operating hours.  The lab is located in the Lucy Phillips Building room 204.  Tutors are available to help students registered in any course on Snow College campus or online.  
Phone:  (435) 283-7678

Students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution and major in Broadcasting should contact Gary Chidester: 435-283-7425.

Students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution and major in Journalism should contact Sandra Cox: 435-283-7384.

Students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution and major in Communication Studies should stop by the Communication Lab during operating hours in Lucy Phillips Building room 204.


The general education courses offered by the communication department will align with the essential learning outcomes established by Snow College.  Students who complete general education requirements with courses in communication will learn skills pertaining to Humanities (HU), Social Science (SS), and Fine Arts (FA).  

Humanities (HU) courses fulfilled through the communication discipline include Mass Media (COMM 1500) and Introduction to Communication (COMM 1010).  The general education objectives in these courses include:

  • Ask and explore a variety of philosophical and theoretical questions about human thought and experience.
  • Understand how knowledge is created through the study of language systems.  
  • Understand cultural traditions within an historical context and make connections with the present.
  • Write effectively within the Humanities discipline to analyze and form critical and aesthetic judgments. 

Social Science (SS) courses fulfilled through the communication discipline include Intercultural Communication (COMM 2150).  The general education objectives in these courses include:

  • Explain social institutions, structures, and processes across a broad range of historical periods and cultures.  
  • Develop and communicate hypothetical explanations for individual human behavior. 
  • Evaluate contemporary problems using social science research methodology.
  • Describe and analytically compare social, political, economic, cultural, geographical, and historical settings and processes other than one's own. 
  • Explain and use the social-scientific method to test research questions and draw conclusions.
  • Write effectively within the social science discipline and communicate about social science phenomena. 

Fine Arts (FA) courses fulfilled through the communication discipline include Public Speaking (COMM 1020) and Oral Interpretation of Literature (COMM 2070).  The general education objectives in these courses include:

  • Articulate the dynamics of the creative process.
  • Provide an informed synopsis of the performing arts in the contexts of culture and history through reading and interpreting pertinent information. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the conceptual and elemental principles fundamental to the creation of various forms of artistic expression. 
  • Exhibit an ability to critically analyze artistic works using appropriate techniques, vocabulary, and methodologies. 

In addition, all communication courses offered in the Snow College Communication Department ask students to meet the following objectives:

  • Construct and deliver a well-organized and logical presentation that demonstrates critical thinking skills and audience adaptation.
  • Use appropriate delivery techniques (e.g. maintain adequate eye contact, be vocally expressive, avoid distracting or nervous mannerisms, etc.) in an oral presentation. 
  • Use appropriate technology to enhance messages and convey great depths of information, knowledge and feeling in communication settings. 
  • Listen actively and employ critical thinking skills to create meaningful dialogue. 
  • Demonstrate interpersonal competence by using ethical conflict resolution management techniques and medicated message adaptations.
  • Work together on a team project to enhance communication and collaboration skills through experience. 
  • Develop fundamental knowledge regardIng intercultural differences and cultivate communication strategies to address them.
  • Have the ability to research, analyze, and process information from a variety of credible sources to utilize as support for various projects. 
  • Recognize the artistic value in a variety of media.
  • Address current ethical dilemmas facing the world through verbal and written analysis.
  • Critically analyze facts, values, ethics, or civic policy presented by other students.