The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) has resumed on-campus operations, with some modifications for the fall semester. In a continued effort to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff, COVID-19 vaccines are required for anyone returning for in-person activities this fall, unless an exception has been granted. Face masks are required in indoor public spaces on campus. For additional details on public health protocols, please visit the USG Onward web page.

Please be aware that our Shady Grove Department Office is still functioning and can be reached at


Interested in public speaking, negotiation, intercultural communication, conflict management, film, digital media, or social media? If so, a major in Communication could be perfect for you!

For more information about our program or to set up a pre-transfer advising appointment visit our Prospective Student Portal!

Students in the Communication major follow the Communication Studies track, with an emphasis in Digital Media and Visual Communication. The department offers an exciting curriculum that prepares students for academic and professional careers in business, government, health, education, social and human services, social media management, film production, graphic design and other related fields. Be a part of one of the top 10 most popular majors at UMD,  while taking advantage of the convenience of USG.

If you are a prospective student interested in applying to our program, check out our Program Intro video HERE

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