Academics
UMCP Communication Program

The University of Maryland, College Park offers the B.A. in Communication at the Universities at Shady Grove. Highlights of this program are provided below:

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.

Who are Prospective Communication Students?

Students transferring from Montgomery College or other institutions who wish to pursue a degree in communication come from a variety of areas such as psychology, sociology, political science, social science, marketing, management, education, health education, physical education, speech, mental health, television and radio, hospitality management, theatre and dance, and English.

Course Offerings

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.

Experiential Learning

To further enhance learning and career training, the department incorporates special hands-on classes such as Marketing Communication Campaigns and Health Communication Campaigns. The department also strongly promotes internship and service learning opportunities with local and state businesses and institutions, and encourages students' participation in a student-run communication club.

Admissions Requirements

  • 75% of the CORE requirements including fundamental Studies in Mathematics and English;
  • Completion of a statistics course ( STAT100 or BMGT230) with a grade of C- or better;
  • Completion of a communication performance course (COMM107) with a grade of C- or better;
  • Completion of (or registered for) COMM250: Introduction to Communication Inquiry with a grade of C- or better

Communication Studies Curriculum

The department offers an exciting curriculum that prepares students for success in academic and professional careers in business, government, health, social services and related fields. While in the program, students study areas such as persuasion, social influence, political communication, interpersonal communication, conflict management, and intercultural communication.

Contact Information

For program information, please call Elizabeth Malliakos at (301) 738-6168 or via e-mail at sgcomm@umd.edu.

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

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

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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