College of Humanities

Humanities teaches us to question the world around us in order to better understand our place within it, as we seek to understand the nuances of cultural issues, to interpret human experience, and to appreciate the power of words and ideas. B

Studying humanities broadens our historical, ethical, social and international perspectives while enhancing ourselves intellectually and creatively.



Humanities Scholars is a first-year learning community where students explore humanities in action and connect their interests to academic research and community engagement. Join a community of peers who share your passion and also qualify for special scholarships and benefits.

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The Tanner Humanities Center advances humanities exploration and engagement through academic research, educational enrichment, and public outreach. The activities reflect a vision of the humanities as not only relevant, stimulating, and cutting-edge, but also essential for developing critical thinking, tolerance, and respect on campus and in the community.

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Humanities Radio is the College of Humanities' Podcast. Our goal is to lead conversations about the humanities in the 21st century. We will talk with faculty, students and alumni to share information and ideas about the importance of the humanities in today's world.

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A living learning community, Humanities residents explore the notion of citizenship on multiple levels and serve as an ambassador for the College of Humanities. Programs for Humanities House student residents are carefully crafted to provide maximized student contact with outstanding faculty, college leadership, guest lecturers, artists and scholars and provide residents a broad understanding of their role as citizens of the world and of the Humanities.

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Communication is much more than just the written word. Communication is also verbal or non-verbal, and it takes place at both an interpersonal and mass scale.

University of Utah Communication’s program is a diverse discipline and provides a variety of skills to prepare students for careers. Through a combination of theoretical and technical training, the Communication program allows students to develop a comprehensive portfolio to market themselves to the industry.

Students can also focus their studies on a particular area by pursuing an emphasis in one of the following:

  • Communication Studies
  • Journalism
  • Science, Health, Environmental, and Risk Communication
  • Strategic Communication

Student Experiences at the U

  • internships
  • part-time work in professional setting
  • John R. Park Debate Society
  • The Absolute Communication agency (student-run advertising/PR company that allows students to gain experience in the communications industry)

Career Opportunities

  • Advertising
  • Broadcaster, journalist, or reporter
  • Civic leadership
  • Communication directors
  • Editors
  • Government lobbyist
  • Marketing and sales
  • Nonprofit grant writer or program coordinator
  • Publishing
  • Radio and video producers


Department Scholarships

Degrees offered

Communication BA/BS
Media Studies Minor
Health Communication Certificate
Department of Communication

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