Communication Program

Communication competence is your key to survival in today’s dynamic, fast-paced world. By learning how to better interpret messages you receive and clearly convey your ideas to others, you empower yourself with the skills you need to revolutionize every aspect of your life—from attaining professional/career goals to strengthening personal relationships.

According to a 2013 study conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 93 percent of employers stated that a job candidate’s “capacity to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major.” The communication curriculum at UM-Flint will provide you with a strong background in each of these areas, ultimately giving you a competitive advantage as you pursue career opportunities. Read more about careers UM-Flint communication alumni now enjoy!

Beyond your role a professional, the UM-Flint communication program will shape the way you understand and experience human relationships. You will explore aspects of the self that influence your perceptions and ways of developing and maintaining interpersonal relationships in the home, workplace and community. You will also gain new perspective on the ways media, technology and intercultural interaction have shaped the evolution of human communication.     

Why study Communication at UM-Flint?

While maintaining the University of Michigan tradition, the University of Michigan-Flint campus offers an intimate, urban setting rich with opportunities to apply the knowledge you are learning in the classroom to a real world context. Internships, civic engagement courses, research, study/work abroad—these experiences will develop true expertise in the field of communication and provide you with the creative and critical thinking skills to solve problems both in the workplace and your community. Our small student-to-professor ratio of 16:1 allows you close interaction with faculty to develop mentorships and extend your network of connections in the field. UM-Flint was recently included in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges for Regional Universities (Midwest) published by US News & World Report.      

Mission/Learning Objectives

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