COMMS 360: Communications Management Theory and Principles

Course Outcomes: 

Management Actions and Culture
  • Students should identify how to enhance their personal contribution to an organization by understanding management actions and culture.
Management Tools and Practices
  • Students should understand various management activities in an organization and learn to apply related technology, tools and practices.
Effective Group Work
  • Students should learn to work effectively in groups within an increasingly complex organizational environment.
Media Economics
  • Students should think critically to understand media economics, including the impact of changes in the economy on media organizations and strategic decisions.
Leadership Styles and Approaches
  • Students should understand leadership styles and approaches to people management. Define a set of leadership principles that you will practice in your career based on your values, ethics and philosophy.
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PSYCH 356: Health Psychology

I took this course whilst on a study abroad program focusing on societies, behavior, and health. We traveled to Italy, Greece, and Denmark to visit the world’s Blue Zones and happiest people. In conjunction with this class, I wrote my capstone on the Danish concept of “hygge”.

Course Outcomes: 

Key concepts and theories in health psychology
  • Students will identify and describe key concepts and theories in health psychology.
Contributions to the understanding of illness
  • Students will examine the contributions of health psychology to the understanding of acute and chronic illness.
Critique current news articles about health
  • Students will critique current news articles about health using principles and concepts from class.
Principles of health psychology in everyday life
  • Students will explain how principles of health psychology operate in everyday life.
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PSYCH 330: Organizational Psychology

Course Outcomes: 

Understanding of major areas of I/O psychology
  • Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the major areas of organizational and industrial psychology, including human resources; leadership development; employee training, motivation, and satisfaction; group dynamics, organizational climate; and team-building.
Apply organizational theory
  • Students will learn to apply organizational theory to specific organizational situations.
Organizational skills
  • Students will acquire skill in collaborative teamwork, time management, self-motivation, and project planning.
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ANTHR 101: Social and Cultural Anthropology

This course taught me a lot about how to critical perceive my surroundings. I wrote an ethnography in this class on the similarities and differences in marriage in the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Come to understand culture as a way of interpreting experience, and realize that culture informs both social life and individual psychology, shaping and coloring how people perceive and act in the world.
  • Grasp the social scientific principles and reasoning involved in ethnography, and recognize the value, limitations, and ethical implications of this way of making sense of social conduct.
  • Acquire an informed awareness of other cultural worlds-an appreciation of other ways of being human-of believing, behaving, and belonging, including their kinship organization and ritual, economic, and political practices.
    • Learn to see personal beliefs, values, attitudes, and conduct-including kinship organization and ritual, economic and political practices-from the perspective of people with different ideas about the way the world works.
  • Develop an increased ability to write effectively.
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COMMS 235: Public Relations

This was a life-changing course for me because I learned about and gained a passion for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through it. I forged an excellent relationship with my professor, and wrote on meaningful topics, like Patagonia’s involvement in the Public Lands Initiative.

Course Outcomes: 

Public Relations Fundamentals
  • Students will be introduced to the professional field of public relations, its history, theory and principles.
Public Relations Strategy
  • Students will learn the basic skills in the practice of strategic planning and implementation in public relations.
Ethical and Legal Behavior
  • Students will learn appropriate legal and ethical behavior in the field of public relations.
Diversity in Public Relations
  • Students will be exposed to issues of diversity in the public relations profession
History of Public Relations
  • Students will recognize the historical development of public relations.
Public Relations in Business and Society
  • Students will recognize the role of public relations in business and society.
Public Relations Practice and Theory
  • Students will establish a theoretical foundation for various practices of public relations and decision making.
Public Relations Process
  • Students will be able to explain the four-step public relations process of research, planning, communication and evaluation and apply the process to a public relation case.
Identifying and Addressing Key Public
  • Students will define key publics and explain how to identify and address them.
Effective Public Relations Practice
  • Students will understand the skills necessary for the effective practice of public relations, including professional writing skills, strategic thinking, planning, organization and crisis management.
Public Opinion and the Media
  • Students will understand how organizations work with the media and the crucial role of media in forming public opinion.
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MSB 491R: Impact Investing

This class was highly meaningful for me in developing a broad range of knowledge and skill sets. At the end of the semester, we were able to put into practice what we had been learning pitch a real company to real investors as if we were associates at their firm. I was so intrigued by the world of impact investing, that I decided to write an article on it for a business writing course.

Impact Investing helps students learn how to invest in social businesses that are creating positive social impact. Students will gain a foundation in understanding venture capital and impact investing, hear social ventures pitch their ideas, and learn how to think critically and analyze social impact, business models, and other aspects of a business.

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PSYCH 349: Positive Psychology

Course Outcomes: 

Research and application
  • Students will be able to identify and explain research findings in Positive Psychology, and describe potential applications for increasing well-being.
Practice a personalized strategies
  • Students will be able to develop and practice a personalized set of well-being strategies informed by the positive psychology literature.
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Me in a Nutshell.

My name’s Kyra.

Let’s just start off by saying I’m not your average BYU student.

While at Westmont College in Southern California, I often described myself as “The Catholic girl that goes to a non-denominational school but had all Mormon friends.” Well, two years and a study abroad later, I found myself transferring to BYU and making even more Mormon friends.

Although I am still a very devout Catholic, I don’t think I could have found a school or state that is a better fit for me. Here’s why:

Social. BYU’s social scene is off the hook! There’s always something fun going on and there’s always more people to talk to. Being an extrovert, I totally feed off of other people’s energy and love socializing with everyone I meet. Sometimes my professors don’t like that about me though. Oops.

Outdoorsy. I mean have you guys looked around lately?! UTAH IS THE COOLEST EVER. There’s mountains, lakes, snow, National Parks…it’s a nature lover’s paradise! The only thing is I have to try not to think about how I used to live less than five minutes from the beach but other than that, this place is perfect for an outdoorsy gal like me.

Spiritual. Obviously, an overwhelming majority of the state of Utah is Mormon, but did you know Catholicism is the second largest denomination in Utah? Either way, the sate is filled with good-hearted people who are striving their best to serve the Lord. What a beautiful thing.

Creative. Downtown Salt Lake has a pretty fun and unique vibe that matches my own. There’s always a wide variety of creative functions going on – from rock concerts to operas, to art shows and murals that cover the streets. Not to mention the Sundance Film Festival is right up the street! I’m all about expressin’ myself and being creative in multiple art forms.

Sustainability-Oriented. Utah and BYU in particular care so much about helping both people and the environment. BYU’s got some pretty neat programs that focus on socially and environmentally sustainable solutions to some of the world’s most daunting issues, and it’s fertile soil for new ventures. It’s certainly an honor to stand amongst and learn from some of the brightest academics and organizations around!

Well, that’s me in a nutshell. Thanks for reading!

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