To ensure that all students are connecting with an advisor on a regular basis, a hold has been placed on students who have declared communication as their major. This particular hold is NOT the result of unpaid fines, financial aid issues, low grades or indicative of any other problems.

Having the hold lifted is easy. Simply connect with Kim Laux, the new advisor in the Communication Department, to discuss your progress in the program. She will then remove the hold in time for your next registration period beginning March 23. You can choose to schedule an appointment with her on campus (4116 WSW Building) or remotely via phone (810.762.3411) or email (



UM-Flint Experts Discuss Satire and Its Implications

What is satire and its purpose? When is it valuable and critical for society, and when is it damaging and divisive? Does it matter who and what is the subject of the satire?

Conversations and debate, spun from questions like these, have been prevalent in the media and public sphere lately, after the murders in Paris at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Four UM-Flint faculty members tackled the social, ethical, political, and international implications of satire in a recent conversation.

Marcus Paroske is an associate professor of communication and chair of the department of communication and visual arts. Dr. Paroske defines satire as a form of expression that utilizes humor and ridicule in order to point out the flaws of the subject you are critiquing. Other expert panelists include Dauda Abubakar who is an assistant professor of Africana studies and an assistant professor of political science. Kimberly Saks McManaway, a political science lecturer. Stevens Wandmacher, philosophy lecturer and chair of the philosophy department. To hear more from these experts view the entire article here

COM 399 Students Presented "Passion of the City" - December 8th

On December 8th, 2014, at 5:30pm in the KIVA, COM 399 students presented "Passion of the City" and shared stories from their civic engagement course. Audience members joined them as they explored the wisdom embedded in Flint and the lessons they learned about self, others, and the power of passion.

UM-Flint Debate Team Wins Third Tournament

Members of the UM-Flint Debate Team travelled to Louisiana Tech University and brought back the championship! Two UM-Flint partnerships made it to the final round with the University of Mississippi, and the pairing of Eric Anderson and Ryan Elder was declared the overall champion. Congratulations team!

Communication Program


Enter the world of communication
Picture yourself at an anchor desk ready to go on air. The lights are bright, the countdown starts, and you're on. Now, imagine yourself speaking to the press on your company's behalf. You're professional, in control, and know exactly what to say. A degree in communication can open the door to a number of career fields, from media and public relations, to marketing, business, consulting, education, writing, editing, and law.

University of Michigan-Flint communication students have access to valuable resources that will help them succeed in whatever career path they choose. Through internships and co-op experiences, students will put the skills and theories that they've learned in the classroom into practice. The Student Communication Association offers students the opportunity to practice their networking skills and make contacts with other professionals entering the field of communication.

Three programs, countless possibilities
Within the communication major, students can choose the general program in communication with an emphasis in speech communication, professional communication, or media studies; a teacher's certificate program in speech; or the honor's program in communication. Minors in communication, argumentation and advocacy, and the teacher's certificate in speech are also available.

The Communication Program will focus on providing excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service to the University and the greater community.  We will foster a student centered learning environment, where those we teach and serve will acquire the skills necessary to become leaders in their fields, their professions, and in their communities. Communication faculty and staff will both be models of effective communication and engaged citizenship as well as mentors for our students.

The learning objectives for the communication program are as follows:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Theory Literacy
  • Engaged citizenship
  • Scholarly Method or Inquiry
  • Oral Skills
  • Written comprehension
  • Appropriate Employability
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Cultural and Diversity Sensitivity
  • Confidence and Self Efficacy