About Communication

The principal mission of the Department of Communication at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is to provide a strong preparation in communication practice and research based on a firm grounding in the liberal arts and sciences. The department aims to provide its students hands-on opportunities to help them develop into thoughtful, caring, engaged, skilled communication professionals and global citizens. We offer our students a flexible curriculum that allows them to pursue their own interested and professional goals under faculty guidance. The faculty is committed to making contributions to the discipline of communication through scholarship and professional practice.  

COMM Fact Sheet

Major enrollment

Fall Majors
2006 253
2007 280
2008 300
2009 321
2010 301
2011 323
2012 352
2013 349
2014 384
2015 441
2016 434
2017 410
2018 437 

Minor enrollment

Fall Majors
2009 66
2010 62
2011 68
2012 63
2013 83
2014 76
2015 69
2016 86
2017 86
2018 93

Degrees Awarded

Fiscal Year Degrees Awarded
2013 64
2014 78
2015 79
2016 96
2017 111

Progression Benchmarks

Fiscal Year 30 hours 60 hours 90 hours
2014 79 70 83
2015 60 92 93
2016 85 84 96
2017 84 109 91


Fall to Fall Undergraduate Retention and Migration

Term % Graduated % Returned to Major % Migrated Awy from Major % Did not Return to UTC
F14 - F15 22.49 58.73 6.61 12.17
F15-F16 20.52 54.25 10.38 14.86
F16-F17 22.70 54.85 7.09 15.37
F17-18 22.03 57.22 5.57 15.19

(Additional details are available via UTC Departmental Dashboard)

ACEJMC Accreditation

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Communication Department is one of only 116 programs in journalism and mass communication that is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). To be accredited, the program must meet standards that include mission and governance, curriculum and instruction, diversity and inclusiveness, faculty scholarship and preparedness, student services, facilities, faculty professional and public service and assessment of learning outcomes.

The department was fully re-accredited in May 2014. The next visit of the re-accreditation team will be in the 2019-2020 academic year.

UTC's Communication Department provides a curriculum and instruction that enable students to learn the knowledge, competencies and values the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication defines for preparing students to work in a diverse global and domestic society.

ACEJMC Professional Values and Competencies:

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications requires that, irrespective of their particular specialization, all graduates should be aware of certain core values and competencies and be able to:

  1. Understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press, for the country in which the institution that invites ACEJMC is located, as well as receive instruction in and understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society.
  5. Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity.
  7. Think critically, creatively and independently.
  8. Conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work.
  9. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve.
  10. Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness.
  11. Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts.
  12. Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.

Diversity Statement

UTC’s Department of Communication is committed to achieving and maintaining diversity in its curriculum, educational environment, and faculty and student populations. This includes creating a supportive climate for the underrepresented and disadvantaged, encouraging the free expression of diverse intellectual and cultural perspectives, and regularly evaluating progress towards diversity goals.

Faculty believe that diversity advances social equality in the communication fields and in society as a whole, empowers individuals to explore and appreciate their unique attributes and life experiences, challenges stereotypes and promotes critical thinking skills, prepares our graduates to communicate effectively to increasingly multicultural audiences, and enriches the experiences of everyone in the academic community. The faculty work to create a safe, welcoming, and nurturing environment for underrepresented faculty and students, including ethnic, religious, and racial minorities, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals, the economically disadvantaged, and nontraditional and international students.