UMCP Communication Program

The University of Maryland, College Park offers a B.A. in Communication at the Universities at Shady Grove. Students transfer into this program having completed their freshman and sophomore coursework. Students have the option to complete their junior and senior years full time or part time.

Program Curriculum

Students at Shady Grove will follow the Communication Studies track (similiar to the Communication Studies track at main campus) with an emphasis in Digital Media and Visual Communication. The department offers an exciting curriculum that prepares students for academic and professional careers in business, government, health, education, social and human services, and related fields. Courses offered by the department include persuasion and social influence, rhetoric and the analysis of messages, political communication, organizational communication, principles and strategies of public relations, negotiation, digital communication, social media, website design, conflict management, and intercultural communication, documentary theory, digital film making, screenwriting, and editing in digital media.

Check out what our students have been working on in their classes by visiting our YouTube channel

What can one do with a Communication Degree

Students who graduate with a communication degree are employed in marketing, promotions, public relations, event planning, human resource development and training, account management, community outreach, health communication, political communication, campaign planning and management, and more.

Experiential Learning

To further enhance learning and career training, the department strongly promotes internship and service learning opportunities with local and state businesses and institutions, and encourages students' participation in a student-run communication club.

Common misconceptions

To help with the at-times confusing transfer process to USG, please refer to the chart below:

Myth Truth
Graduates will receive a degree from The Universities at Shady Grove.

Graduates of this program receive a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Students can transfer all oftheir community college coursework to UMCP. UMCP will accept up to 60 applicable transfer credits from a 2-year institution towards this degree program at USG.
USG is not a full service campus. USG offers academic and financial aid counselors, academic support and career centers, a full service library, cafe, fitness facilities, student clubs, social activities, and more.
There are no internship opportunities at USG. USG and the Communication Department have partnered with several businesses to offer internships for upper level college credit
Students at USG are not qualified for UMCP scholarships. Communication students at USG are eligible for both UMCP and USG scholarship opportunities. USG scholarship opportunities can be found here.
Students must travel to main campus at College park for some classes. There are ample courses offered at USG and students can complete all program requirements without traveling to main campus.
All lower level coursework must be completed prior to transferring into the program With advisor approval, students can continue coursework at another institution to complete degree requirements.
All admission requirements are identical to UMCP's main campus in College Park. On main campus, Communication is a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP), but at USG Communication is not an LEP.


Contact Information

For prospective student information, please call Elizabeth Malliakos at (301) 738-6168 or via e-mail at

Elizabeth Malliakos
Program Management Specialist - Shady Grove
Department of Communication
9636 Gudelsky Drive, SGIII, 5123
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-738-6168

Lindsi Baltz
Assistant Director - Shady Grove
Department of Communication
9636 Gudelsky Drive, SGIII, 5119
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-738-6208

Dr. Leah Waks
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Communication
2101B Skinner Building
University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-6529

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