Return of communications

The University of Idaho’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences will bring back its degree in communications, according to a news release.

The release cited data from Hanover Research, which found communication-related occupations in Idaho will grow nearly 28 percent by 2024.

Students have been able to minor in communications since the degree was last offered in 2008. The university will begin offering the major again in fall 2019.

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

Thornsteinson says a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences in communication prepares students for high-demand occupations such as public relations, marketing, sales, editing and writing. Interpersonal, organizational and intercultural communication are some of the types of coursework that will be required for the degree.

The university’s communications degree will be its sixth fully online bachelor’s degree. General studies, history, organizational sciences, psychology and sociology with a criminology emphasis are also offered online.

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