The University of Texas of the Permian Basin - 40 years UTPB

Communication Program

The BA in Communication is available as an Online Program that can be completed in as little as 12 months.

For more information about our program, please visit our Facebook page at While you are here, however, let us introduce you to the members of our team and the courses we hope to offer for the next few terms:


Dr. William Harlow
Associate Professor and Area Coordinator
Dean of Undergraduate Success
Office:  MB 4144
Phone: (432)552-2323
Course Offerings: Crisis Communication, Public Messages, Rhetoric in Western Thought, Political Communication, Argument and Persuasion, Communication Theory, and related courses. I am a scholar of rhetoric and public address with a strong generalist background in the field.
Scholarly Interest: I earned a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Texas A&M in 2002. After spending a year at Texas Tech, I went on to work for the U.S. State Department in Mexico City and in Abuja, Nigeria. I was also the Secretary and Foreign Affairs Officer at the International Boundary and Water Commission (U.S.-Mexico) prior to coming to UTPB in 2008. I have published in book chapters, Public Relations Review, The Encyclopedia of Public Relations, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Relevant Rhetoric, the American Communication Journal, the Texas Speech Communication Journal, and other outlets.

Dr. Helen Sun
Associate Professor
Office: MB 4142
Phone: (432) 552-2322
Course Offerings:  Dr. Sun is on leave for the Fall 2013 term. Normally she teaches courses such as Communication Law, Modern Media and Society, Propaganda, Public Relations, Telecom Policy and Regulation, Writing for Mass Media, and Intercultural Communication.
Scholarly Interest: Helen Sun¹s scholarly interests include the First Amendment, digital censorship, and communication/telecommunications policy. After her book ³Internet Policy in China: A Field Study of Internet Cafes² was published by Lexington Books-Rowman & Littlefield (2010), as a keynote speaker, she presented her book at Global Intellectual Property Academy invited by United States Patent and Trademark Office. Sun was also interviewed by the Chronicle of Higher Education (
Dr. Sun's Official Letter of Invitation to the United States Patent and Trademark Office Global Intellectual Property Academy.

Dr. Rachel Harlow


Ryan Loyd, MA
Part-Time Lecturer in Communication
Course Offerings: Academic Debate, Gender Communication, Instructional Communication, Introduction to Communication, Public Speaking, 

Dwaine Osborne, MA
Part Time Lecturer in Communication
Course Offerings: Public Speaking

Dr. Linda Ward
Senior Lecturer, Faculty in Communication
Course Offerings: Public Speaking


The Communication Program at UTPB offers expertise in three different fields: Communication Studies, Speech, and Mass Media. We also offer our degree both online and face to face, and many of our students take classes in both formats. Our course offerings are tentative and subject to change, but we also want to provide you with an idea of what courses are likely to be offered in future semesters. Please contact Dr. William Harlow if you have questions about any of these offerings. While face to face classes will be announced nearer the start of each semester, we anticipate offering the following online classes:


Summer 2013
·      COMM 1315 (Public Speaking, online)
·      COMM 1318 (Interpersonal Communication, online)
·      COMM 2301 (Modern Media and Society, online)
·      COMM 3311 (Crisis Communication, online)
·      COMM 4307 (Organizational Communication, online)
Fall 2013
·      COMM 1301 (Introduction to Communication Study, online)
·      COMM 1315 (Public Speaking, online and face to face)
·      COMM 1318 (Interpersonal Communication, online)
·      COMM 3304 (Public Messages, online)
·      COMM 3360 (Theories of Communication, online)
·      Additional face to face classes.


Degree Information

Sample Degree Plan

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Thursday February 27, 2014