Department of Communications

COVID-19 Update 7/22/2020

The Department of Communications is following the University of North Alabama’s plan to offer hybrid course sections featuring a mix of in-person class opportunities and online learning. The Department is implementing processes recommended by the University’s COVID-19 task force. That includes restricting the number of students who are gathered in any particular classroom, computer lab, or common building space at one time.

As part of the hybrid course model, the Department of Communications is placing significant portions of our course content online and will not require in-person attendance as part of a grade. In these hybrid classes, students will be able to attend class sessions for discussions, feedback, etc., but they also will be able to complete most (if not all) of their assignments online. This could also include some synchronous meetings via Zoom.

The Department of Communications will begin providing regular updates at the beginning of August. These will be published on our webpage and sent to Communications students’ UNA email addresses.


Welcome to the Department of Communications at the University of North Alabama.

Communication is a powerful process that influences us professionally and personally. Those who study and understand it are prepared for a lifetime of opportunities.

We value experiential learning and teach students how to produce mass media content, communicate in professional environments, and conduct academic research. We also know that a democratic society depends upon an informed citizenry who can critique media practices, analyze media messages, and effectively communicate ideas in an ever-changing media landscape.

Courses in Public Relations and Journalism & Digital Media Production lead to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication. Courses in Communication Studies lead to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts. The B.S. and B.A. degrees in Mass Communication are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

Communication is a dynamic, challenging, diverse, and rewarding field. We invite you to join us.

Dr. Butler Cain, Chair

Department of Communications

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