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Communication Degree Returns to the University of Idaho in Fall ‘19

October 29, 2018

MOSCOW, Idaho — Oct. 29, 2018 — The University of Idaho’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences aims to meet a growing demand for communication-related occupations by bringing back its degree in communication.

Data from Hanover Research projects a nearly 28 percent growth in communication-related occupations in Idaho by 2024 and the flexibility of employment opportunities with the emphasis makes it a highly sought after degree by employers.

The university offered a degree in communication studies until 2008 and students have since been able to minor in the discipline. U of I will start offering the degree to students beginning in fall 2019.

“We are excited to offer a degree in communication to meets the needs of students and employers in Idaho,” said Todd Thorsteinson, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies. “There is great interest among students for this degree, as it combines a solid foundation in the liberal arts with strong communication skills.”

Given the multidisciplinary nature of the field, he said a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences in communication prepares students to enter a variety of high-demand occupations that are experiencing high-growth, including public relations, marketing, sales, editing and writing. Coursework for the degree includes classes in interpersonal, organizational and intercultural communication.

The degree in communication is U of I’s sixth fully online bachelor’s degree. The other five are general studies, history, organizational sciences, psychology and sociology with a criminology emphasis.

"Communication has proven incredibly popular with students because the degree trains them for many diverse businesses and industries,” said Sean Quinlan, interim dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. “The online option will allow students from all over our state to benefit from this degree program, enabling them to interact with top-notch faculty and develop essential career skills. Our college is incredibly proud to be making a communications degree accessible to all Idahoans."

Media Contacts

Todd Thorsteinson
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychology and Communication Studies

Kathy Foss
Marketing and Communications Manager
College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

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