Brigham Young University. Department of Communications
- Existence: 1963-
The Department of Communications (1963- ) is responsible for communications courses under the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University.
The Department of Communications at Brigham Young University was established in 1963. Functioning under the College of Fine Arts and Communications, it is responsible for teaching public relations, advertising, marketing, journalism, and communications. Previously, communications courses were part of the Department of Journalism in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The organization functions to provide a professional program in communications which includes a broad base of general education, thorough orientation in the processes, functions and responsibilities of mass communication, and the development of skills in fact finding, analysis, and communication through the mass media. The department also seeks to provide service courses to help students from other departments develop desired communication skills. Department chairs have included: Oliver R. Smith (1964-1966), J. Morris Richards (1966-1972), Edwin O. Haroldsen (1972-1975), M. Dallas Burnett (1975-1980); Brent D. Peterson (1980-1983), J. LaVar Bateman (1983-1986), Ralph D. Barney (1986-1987), Gordon Whiting (1987-1991), David P. Forsyth (1991-1996), Leonard L. Bartlett (1996-1998), Laurie J. Wilson (1998-2002), Michael K. Perkins (2002-2004), Edward E. Adams (2004-2008; 2012-2015), and Bradley L. Rawlins (2008-2012).
Citation:BYU Organizational History Project, May 4, 2012: Dept. of Communications (1963, College Fine Arts and Communications, public relations, advertising, marketing, journalism, and communications, previously Department of Journalism in College of Humanities and Social Sciences, professional program, broad base general, orientation, mass communication, fact finding, analysis, service courses, chairs Oliver R. Smith (1964-1966), J. Morris Richards (1966-1972), Edwin O. Haroldsen (1972-1975), M. Dallas Burnett (1975-1980); Brent D. Peterson (1980-1983), J. LaVar Bateman (1983-1986), Ralph D. Barney (1986-1987), Gordon Whiting (1987-1991), David P. Forsyth (1991-1996), Leonard L. Bartlett (1996-1998), Laurie J. Wilson (1998-2002), Michael K. Perkins (2002-2004), Edward E. Adams (2004-2008), and Bradley L. Rawlins (2008- ))
Found in 48 Collections and/or Records:
Contains correspondence and papers pertaining to journalism and news photography, with copies of the Intermountain Journalism Bulletin, and Nieman Reports, 1946-1962. 64 items.
Contains correspondence with the university's Department of Communications. Materials date from between 1967 and 1969.
Contains Communications Department accreditation files, administrative records, audits, and files on an external review, forensics, and programs; Communciations History Archives administrative records and David O. Selznick collection files; and Communications Research Center administrative records and reports.
Contains correspondence and reports on activities of department majors and graduates. Materials date from between 1959 and 1962.
Contains budget estimates, employee salary data, correspondence, student publication budget estimates, graphs, and balance sheets. Materials date from between 1947 and 1967.
Contains records related to the building projects of the Department of Communications, including brochures of funding information, funding proposals, and budgeting. Also contains pictures of project models and correspondence regarding the projects. Includes records about the planned Gordon B. Hinckley Communications Center, including a floor plan and details about conceptual design, as well as records on the Eagle Gate plaza and office towers and the Harris Fine Arts Center, 1920-1999.
Contains administrative files on furnishings, facilities, lab equipment, the Harris Fine Arts Center, McKay Building, Student Service Center, and Journalism Reading Room, including floor plans, correspondence, and room assignments. Materials date from between 1948 and 1964.
Contains administrative files, including grade summaries, academics standards, memorandums, correspondence, invitations, articles, seminar and workshop files, book lists, brochures and pamphlets, bibliographies, curriculum materials, meeting minutes, and employment and enrollment data.