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Department of Communication

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Create your future as a social media manager, filmmaker, journalist and so much more by majoring in Communication Studies and Mass Communication. Visit for more information. #YouBelongAtMontevallo

Posted by University of Montevallo on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Department of Communication facilitates opportunities for students and faculty to develop and apply functional knowledge of relevant theory—necessary for successful storytelling and effective creation and management of meaning in a variety of contexts (e.g. personal, professional, public)—with particular emphases on using best practices and innovative technologies to ensure interdisciplinary understanding; media and informational literacy; informed and engaged citizenship; cultural awareness; and, effective and ethical written, oral, and visual communication.

The Department of Communication consists of two dynamic programs: Communication Studies and Mass Communication. The goal of the Department is to provide students with an excellent liberal arts education and prepare them for a wide variety of careers in business, teaching, journalism, television and film.

Formed in 1925, the Department of Communication is one of the oldest college communication programs in the Southeast. Since Fall 2017, the Department has been housed in the state-of-the-art Strong Hall, home to our HD television studio, multiple computer labs, editing suites, and classroom spaces. Strong Hall gives Mass Communication students hands-on experience with industry-standard production equipment and provides our Communication Studies and Public Relations students innovative, collaborative learning spaces.


The University of Montevallo offers scholarships for Communication Studies and Mass Communication majors. A special application must be completed to apply for the following scholarships by the March 1st deadline.

Apply for Scholarships!

  • Dean of Fine Arts Scholarship: Available to first-time students with ACT of 22 or above or first-time transfers with a 3.0 or higher GPA. For more information, contact the Department of Communication: (205) 665-6625

2018-2019 Communication Scholarship Recipients

  • Dean of Fine Arts Scholarship for Communication Studies
    • Anna Farley & Hannah King
  • Wales W. Wallace Jr. Communication Studies Scholarship
    • Jonathan Brewer & Alvin Frazier
  • Ellen Haven Gould Communication Studies Scholarship
    • Jonathan Frazier & Alvin Frazier
  • Dean of Fine Arts Scholarship for Mass Communication
    • Marc Goldstein & John Nettuno
  • Thom Gossom Mass Communication Scholarship
    • Carlee Loyd

Department of Communication News

  • Lights! Camera! Action! The Department of Communication announces a new minor in Digital Filmmaking. The tremendous growth of the film industry in the south puts the University of Montevallo in a unique position to train students in the basic skills needed to work on a film crew. The Digital Filmmaking minor explores the creative processes of
    • Screenwriting
    • Directing
    • Cinematography
    • Editing
    • Audio, Visual & Special Effects

    The 21-hour Digital Filmmaking minor encourages collaboration across disciplines. Each student will produce a creative Capstone final project with actors, musicians, artists, and other students. Classes will be held in Strong Hall, a state-of-the-art facility with commercial-grade digital equipment. Students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montevallo with a minor in Digital Filmmaking will also receive a Certificate in Digital Filmmaking which is endorsed exclusively by the Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) Office. The University of Montevallo is the first university in Alabama to award Certification in the field of Digital Filmmaking.

    For information about the minor in Digital Filmmaking, contact the Department of Communication at (205)-665-6625.

  • COMS alumna Mary Light was featured online and in print in Shelby Living on June 14, 2019. The article talks about why she loves Montevallo and Shelby County. You can read the entire article by clicking here.
  • MC major Jonathan Weed was featured in the Andalusia Star-News on June 12, 2019. The article talks about how he spends his summers working to save money to pay for college. You can read the entire article by clicking here.
  • Check out the Over the Mountain Journal‘s recent article where actor Michael O’Neill discusses our MC program: “The University of Montevallo has developed a very good production program and is committed to training young people for the film industry and other forms of media.”
  • UM has approved a new minor in Social Media Administration, which will be entirely housed in the Department of Communication. By combining COMS and MC courses, students will learn the skills necessary to create engaging content and manage accounts across a variety of social media platforms. The Social Media Administration minor will launch in Fall 2020.

Exploring Communication Studies Day 2020

The University of Montevallo’s 2nd Annual Exploring Communication Studies Day ignites a passion for excellence by equipping individuals with a diverse set of skills that inspires authentic, creative, and ethical communication. Our event will take place on March 12, 2020 from 1-3 pm on Main Quad.

Follow our social media for more updates:
Facebook – Exploring Communication Studies Day 2020
Instagram – @exploringcoms2020

COMS Day 2019

COMS Day is an annual event that provides information about the major by highlighting career and professional opportunities for Communication Studies majors. Guest lecturers have included alumni and community leaders from across Shelby County. The event serves as the senior project for the COMS Capstone course. The event is planned, hosted and executed entirely by the students. COMS Day is open to alumni and all are encouraged to attend. This year’s COMS Day took place Thursday, October 31, 2019. For archived information on this year’s event, visit our COMS Day Facebook or Instagram!

Communication Studies

Our National Communication Association Rex Mix Program of Excellence Award winning program emphasizes undergraduate liberal studies with courses designed to develop ethical, engaged, critically minded and culturally aware citizens who are prepared to use appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication skills to effectively create and manage meaning as leaders in their professions, community, and world.

COMS Rex Mix Award

COMS faculty and students accepting the National Communication Association Rex Mix Program of Excellence Award

COMS Day 2018 is a success! #ChooseYourOwnAdventure #YouBelongAtMontevallo

Posted by University of Montevallo on Thursday, October 25, 2018

Mass Communication

The Mass Communication Program seeks to educate students not only in the finest traditions of both journalism and broadcasting, but to prepare them for the ever-changing information age. This happens both within and beyond the classroom, developing and applying the creative, aesthetic and technical skills essential to all forms of multimedia communication. Mass Communication–putting theory into practice.

MC faculty and students networked with MC alumnus Fred Bell ('84) at the Blue Man Group show in Las Vegas. Fred is the Lead Video Tech for BMG Vegas.

MC faculty and students networked with MC alumnus Fred Bell (’84) at the Blue Man Group show in Las Vegas. Fred is the Lead Video Tech for BMG Vegas.

Pulitzer Prize-winning MC alumnus Joey Bunch ('85) returned to campus to speak with UM students about storytelling.

Pulitzer Prize-winning MC alumnus Joey Bunch (’85) returned to campus to speak with UM students about storytelling.


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